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May 29, 2024 - 10:13:40 AM
35 posts since 9/7/2021

There comes a time in a person's life when he realizes he needs less project and more playing.

This early Concertone (year unknown, but the tailpiece was patented in the mid-1920s) arrived to my life without tuners and in need of some fixing up at the first few frets and fingerboard. It's otherwise straight and solid, with a nice skin head, My initial plan was to fix it up, install tuners and pick away, but now I think selling is a better course of action. I'm hoping to get a sense of what to charge from those of you more familiar with such things.

As always, thank you in advance.


May 29, 2024 - 10:42:44 AM
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3549 posts since 4/7/2010

The banjo was made by Slingerland for what ever musical instrument wholesaler used the Concertone name for their lower priced instruments.

The instrument has no significant value. Cost to make playable might just be the resale value when done.

Bob Smakula
smakulafrettedinstruments.com

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 05/29/2024 10:44:33

May 29, 2024 - 11:11:15 AM

WagonWheeler

Canada

35 posts since 9/7/2021

Thank you, Bob.

I know they aren't high-value instruments, but want to set a reasonable price for selling as-is to someone who wants to put work into it.

May 29, 2024 - 11:49:04 AM

3352 posts since 3/30/2008

I would venture a guess that one might get $75-$100 +_ , as-is.

May 29, 2024 - 4:42:48 PM

804 posts since 5/29/2015

You have an enjoyable project if you are so inclined. If not selling it as is, or even parting it out are your two options. The shoes, tension hooks and nuts are desirable for replacement on other banjos. The rim/dowel brace is also often missing off of other banjos. Look at the cost of new banjo parts for an idea of what your used parts may be worth.

May 29, 2024 - 4:57:06 PM

3392 posts since 2/18/2009

I bought a banjo very similar to that, but all taken apart for $75 or so, as I recall, at a flea market in 2005. It was my first banjo and I made a 5 string neck for it and played it for several years before I began building whole banjos.

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