Category Archives: Banjos

Recording King RK-OT25-BR Openback Banjo

We’ve already sung the praises of the Vega Senator and a couple of Bart Reiter banjos.  Those are all well worth the investment involved, but if you just want to stick a toe into the world of old-time banjo playing, the Recording King RK-OT25-BR offers a more economical way to get started. We’ve been selling […]

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Deering Goodtime ‘Rare Bird Alert’

Goodtime Rare Bird Alert

One of the most exciting happenings for banjo fans in the last couple of years has been the presence of Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers making magnificent bluegrass music and working with Deering to create the Goodtime ‘Rare Bird Alert’. The banjo was obviously inspired by Steve’s grammy nominated album by the same […]

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Deering ‘John Hartford’ 5-String Banjo

Deering John Hartgford Model

There are probably among you, a few banjophiles who will remember John Hartford’s visit to the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor shortly after he began endorsing Deerings.  Although it was billed as a workshop, it was more of a ‘shake and howdie’ and the instrument room has never been as crowded since.  To this day when you […]

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Rover RB-35HPP Student Bluegrass Banjo

Rover RB-35HPP

Our biggest selling student banjos are the resonator Rover RB-35HPP and its little brother which we’ve already told you about.  Resonator banjos, in general, are used to play Bluegrass music while the open-back banjos are preferred by Old-Time players. There are no hard and fast rules, however, and you may certainly make the music that […]

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Rover RB-30HPP Student Old-Time Banjo

Rover RB-30HPP

Our biggest selling student banjos are the open back Rover RB-30HPP and its resonator big brother which we will be writing about shortly.  Open back banjos, in general, are used to play old-time music while the resonator banjos are preferred by Bluegrass players. There are no hard and fast rules, however, and you may certainly […]

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Vega ‘Senator’ Open Back Banjo with Scoop by Deering

Vega Senator

Most of you banjo players are aware that Deering Banjos came into possession of the Vega name some years ago.  Since the standard Deering line offers anything a bluegrass afficianado might need or want, the good folks at Deering have put a major (but not exclusive) emphasis on old-time banjos with the Vega brand.  One […]

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Bart Reiter ‘Special’ Open Back Banjo

Bart Reiter Special

Bart Reiter’s ‘Special’ banjo is jut that. It features a thicker rim than the Buckbee due to 3-ply construction vs. 2-ply. It is distinctively Bart Reiter and here’s the features offered: Rolled Brass Tone Ring Ebony Fretboard & Peghead Veneer 22 Nickel Silver Frets 3-Pc Hard Maple Neck Truss Rod Adjustable from Heel End Dot […]

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Bart Reiter ‘Buckbee’ Model Open Back Banjo w/Scoop

Bart Reiter Buckbee

One of our favorite builders of old-time banjos is Bart Reiter. His banjos don’t hang around very long when we get them, so if you like what you read here, come on in and check out what we have on hand. Bart was one of the builders that Craig Evans featured on the series of […]

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Deering Goodtime 2 5-String Banjo

Goodtime 2

Although there are no hard and fast rules about what kind of music you can play on a resonator backed banjo vs. an open-back banjo, in general, old-time players prefer open-back banjos and bluegrass players prefer resonator models. We’ve already introduced you to the open-back Goodtime 1, and here is its Big Brother – the […]

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Deering Goodtime One Banjo

Deering Goodtime 1

One of the best things a U.S. banjo maker ever did was when the folks at Deering Banjos introduced a student line of banjos right in their Spring Valley, CA factory.   It has served them well.  They are the world’s largest maker of banjos and the young people coming to enjoy the banjo through […]

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