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Thread #51755   Message #790895
Posted By: Steve Latimer
25-Sep-02 - 07:52 AM
Thread Name: Help: Banjo - newbie buying tips wanted
Subject: RE: Help: Banjo - newbie buying tips wanted
If you're looking to play Bluegrass I'd stiil recommend a used Masterclone. There are a number of decent looking ones on eBay, Epiphone, Aria, Kay, Ibanez etc. You can probably get one of these for about what you would have to pay for a Goodtime or Saga. I just got a used Aria this year and there is no comparison in the sound or playability of it versus the aluminium pot starter banjo that I had. Some of these are excellent copies of the Gibson Mastertone at a fraction of the price.

(Heck there's even a Harmony Bakelite on there, although I think that you'd be better off getting something that's made of wood and has a tone ring.)

The other thing is if you buy a decent used one and decide that you don't want to play, you can probably get all of your money back out of it.