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May 24, 2024 - 7:35:42 PM
117 posts since 9/5/2021

I sold my first banjo in 1992, bought it in 1982, A Gold Star Archtop with Hearts and Flowers design.
My son bought me a Jameson, Banjo #2, whose resonator broke after a year and a half, So I bought a
Recording King Songster. Now I just purchased a Hopkins Archtop,
So That is Four banjos to date.
I expect to own at least one or two more eventually.
That's 5 or 6 in a life time,

What is the average or normal amount of banjos a person should have? Curious.

May 24, 2024 - 7:43:30 PM
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232 posts since 1/7/2021

The right number is always one more than you currently have.

May 24, 2024 - 7:48:04 PM
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Owen

Canada

15162 posts since 6/5/2011

Should??  I dunno, but from the anal-retentive (?) department >>  it makes me think of weather reports that say, "... the temperature should be such-and-such."   As often as not, I'll ask [to no one in particular], "Hmmm, I wonder if that's federal or provincial legislation?" 

... and on one of the remote reserves where my wife and I worked, a principal, when asked about how things might normally be done,  would occasionally observe, "Nothing's normal up here."

... now back to regular programming.

Edited by - Owen on 05/24/2024 19:55:11

May 24, 2024 - 8:39:27 PM
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5772 posts since 5/29/2011

You should have at least one more than you have now. Preferably three or four more. If you have seven you have one for each day of the week.

May 24, 2024 - 9:24:55 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

28043 posts since 6/25/2005

I have about 14 whole, arguably playable, banjos. Four are Essex Whyte Laydie clones. The rest are different. I have one collector’s piece, a 1902 WL #7. Among the rest, a 1924 Tubaphone #3, a 1923 Silver Bell #1 shell with a Renee Karnes neck, a 2007 Huber Lexington (for the rare occasions I play bluegrass) and a new custom wood-shell Stone. I also have a late 20s Washburn donut-ring tenor. Most are fairly recent acquisitions. I play rarely any more, and am in the throes of significantly thinning the group. I wish I’d had the money for these banjos 30 years ago, when I had a lot more chances to play. Of them, I really need four. 

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 05/24/2024 21:32:00

May 24, 2024 - 9:38:21 PM
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164 posts since 10/12/2018

Of course there are only a few acceptable answers:
“all of them”
“one more than you have”
“enough so that your significant other can’t spot a new one”
“one for each day that ends in Y”
“one for every mood”

May 24, 2024 - 10:15:33 PM
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2944 posts since 9/18/2010

"How many banjos should one have?"
As many as one wants!

May 25, 2024 - 12:12:04 AM
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HSmith

UK

573 posts since 12/30/2005

Clearly, people should have as many banjos as they wish (and can comfortably afford). FWIW I have only two, one acoustic and one electric. I've always felt that what matters to me is the music I produce on the banjo rather than the instruments themselves, even though to me they are things of beauty in their own right. I know of a local folk-club floor singer who is a competent though unremarkable guitar player. He has an enormous collection of expensive guitars and seems to feel that simply owning them somehow elevates his standing as a musician. Each to his own.

May 25, 2024 - 1:12:52 AM
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GS

UK

45 posts since 11/24/2023

I'm new to banjo-ing. I only have one. Maybe one is too many...for me frown

May 25, 2024 - 2:24:57 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

28043 posts since 6/25/2005

My last two banjos (see list above) were because of wants, not needs. The #7 WL because I’d long wanted a pre-fire one; the Stone because I’d always wanted a banjo made for me with some custom features. Old-guy indulgences.

May 25, 2024 - 2:42:42 AM
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39577 posts since 2/28/2006
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With all the different tunings, it's a good excuse to have a banjo for each. Saves time re-tuning. 8^)

Currently, I have seven I play regularly and a few others not so much.

May 25, 2024 - 3:18:23 AM
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Bill H

USA

2301 posts since 11/7/2010

I have been researching this very question for a number of years. The minimum is 12. Any less, and you may struggle with IBS (insufficient banjo syndrome).

May 25, 2024 - 4:07:01 AM
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333 posts since 4/27/2020

quote:
Originally posted by A Drum On A Stick

The right number is always one more than you currently have.


In other realms this is known as N+1, where N is the number that you currently own.

May 25, 2024 - 4:07:51 AM
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62129 posts since 12/14/2005

Since I make them, from cookie tins, salad bowls, and whatever else inspires me, MY answer is going to be
"Everyone should have at least ONE of mine, plus whatever else they have.'


May 25, 2024 - 4:34:44 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

30200 posts since 8/3/2003

I agree with the above posts that say as many as you can afford. I'd also add as many as you have the room to store and as many as you want to play daily, often or occasionally.

I have 3. One entry level that sits and doesn't get played (I know, I should get rid of it), my Small banjo that was made specifically for me that has the neck 3 inches shorter, narrower and thinner that gets tuned and played maybe once a month and my Beauty, my Stelling which gets played almost daily and is my last banjo. I don't need any more, as my Stelling completes my wants and needs.

Guess I'm different than most.

May 25, 2024 - 4:47:05 AM
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41 posts since 9/23/2018

As many as one has the capacity to store.

May 25, 2024 - 5:05:38 AM
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GStump

USA

573 posts since 9/12/2006

Generally speaking, the proper answer is "one more."

May 25, 2024 - 5:14:20 AM
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5450 posts since 11/20/2004

If you play multiple styles, you need at least one for each. If you play one style, like me, I say you NEED two, as one occasionally needs some work. I was up to seven once and find my comfort level is three. As far as how many in a lifetime, unlimited!

May 25, 2024 - 5:42:23 AM
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11363 posts since 4/23/2004

I had 15 in '92...double that now. I wanted a full orchestra of Stewarts, Piccolo thru Cello...got it. Pared down a little recently.

May 25, 2024 - 5:46:03 AM
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JSB88

UK

592 posts since 3/9/2017

Seems like banjos and tattoos, it's one more than you have. How many people have one tattoo? Some, but a few years later? I am saving for another, as I have my entry level, which I keep in one tuning, a GT wl that I play most, so now I want to try a 12" fretless. After that who knows. Might sell the wl to fund a tubaphone, or might find myself in a position to spend real money and get a custom or an original fairbanks or something??

May 25, 2024 - 5:51:14 AM
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79702 posts since 5/9/2007

I own 5,but I've only really played one since getting my '29 tb-2 conversion in '99.
I holding onto the others for future sales when I need the money.

May 25, 2024 - 5:54:19 AM
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RB3

USA

2025 posts since 4/12/2004

You should have at least one, original, pre-war, Gibson, flat-head five string, plus a good sounding "parts" banjo that you're willing to take with you on a commercial airplane.

May 25, 2024 - 5:56:26 AM
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2818 posts since 1/4/2009

the rule of thumb is you need one more banjo than you have. I personally have lost count I know there are more than i have digits and less than I have in banjo debt. 

Edited by - kyleb on 05/25/2024 05:57:46

May 25, 2024 - 5:58:38 AM
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2348 posts since 5/19/2018

When I was a professional player and toured around a million years ago, I had one banjo. One really good banjo. Served all my needs and it was all I needed.

Jump forward 40-50 years, I now have dozens, and don’t play out very often at all. Just kind filled in my wish list of banjos that I wish I had back in my 20’s. An ironic situation.

When I could of used a number of different banjos for the tonal differences and how they recorded, I had one. Now that it’s just me at home, I have dozens.

Had serious BAS for a few decades, now I’m considering selling a few as they just don’t get the playing time they deserve..

May 25, 2024 - 6:01:57 AM
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163 posts since 8/22/2023

Mike Gregory, you’re an inspiration. I’ve been building them as an amateur and my wife kept saying how many banjos do you have now, hinting that I have too many.. then I put four in a garage sale and they all sold the first day! Now she says get back out in the shop and make more.
The first sold was the trash canjo and the person holding the garage sale said he knew she was buying it before she even touched it.. she also contacted me and commissioned a bass ukulele that can use rubber strings. I haven’t started on that yet.


 

Edited by - fotoguzzi on 05/25/2024 06:02:55

May 25, 2024 - 6:17:55 AM
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JSB88

UK

592 posts since 3/9/2017

quote:
Originally posted by fotoguzzi

Mike Gregory, you’re an inspiration. I’ve been building them as an amateur and my wife kept saying how many banjos do you have now, hinting that I have too many.. then I put four in a garage sale and they all sold the first day! Now she says get back out in the shop and make more.
The first sold was the trash canjo and the person holding the garage sale said he knew she was buying it before she even touched it.. she also contacted me and commissioned a bass ukulele that can use rubber strings. I haven’t started on that yet.


That's beautiful 

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