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  1. #11
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    Talk to me about banjos as I put them together from good parts and seem to have a few - they multiply like ukuleles. Mine are usually older ones with some "history."
    Martin c. 1934
    Martin OXK
    Kamaka pineapple gold label - 1950s
    Mele pineapple - koa and mahogany - modern
    Kamaka tenor - 2002
    Mele, Braddah tenor 1990s
    Slingerland banjolele Maybell - 1920s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    Well, Darn! I was ready to pull the trigger, but now it’s gone. I guess I was just too careful.
    I wouldn’t worry about it, they’ll be something else along soon to tempt you. IMHO erring on the side of caution is wise for dearer purchases, but for stuff that you need and where the price isn’t much then do a few checks first and hit the button - works for me.
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 12-04-2017 at 12:19 PM.

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    You can find any kind of mix good, bad and ugly on there. Take a look at this instrument. It looks as if somebody left it out in the woods for a few decades.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Harmony-VIT...sAAOSwYxBaIgU~

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    ahoy

    have bought lots of stuff from eBay
    including three ukes

    my rules for buying on ebay

    check feedback
    not lower than 98.6

    read feedback notes
    sometimes a seller is dammed with faint praise

    make sure you know/see shipping cost
    sometimes deal is not such a deal
    when seller has inflated the shipping cost

    lots of clean clear well lit photos

    there is no excuse for muddy poor photos
    first thought is what are they hiding

    yours truly
    mac

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    Well, in case anyone is interested, I opted for a good, new A-scale banjo, though somewhat cheaper, from Elderly. I like doing business with Elderly.

    Thanks for the good info, everyone; it mighta been helpful if I had been quicker.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBD
    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Hi-D GBD

    Luna "Peace" concert - Lo-G CEA
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA

    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - C
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - C

    Thank the Lord for the memories about the good old days.

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    I posted this on another thread:
    Buyer beware. I once drove an hour to follow up on a 1920s Martin listed on Craigslist only to find that the neck had been snapped off and terribly glued back on. The bridge was also clumsily glued on. The guy photographed the ukulele at certain angles and in low light so the photos were fuzzy and hid all this. A month later I saw the same Martin (same photos) listed on eBay for more than the Craigslist price. Ask for more photos and make sure they are clear. Ask for a sound sample too.
    Martin 1950s Tenor 1M
    Martin 1940s Soprano 0M
    Blackbird Clara 2016
    Mya Moe Myrtle Classic Tenor #1009 2013
    Mya Moe Lap Steel Tenor #273 2010
    Mya Moe Myrtle Classic Concert #2213 2017
    Mya Moe Resonator Concert #421 2011

    Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, an organization that provides ukuleles to kids in hospital music therapy programs.Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UkuleleKidsClubInc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    Well, in case anyone is interested, I opted for a good, new A-scale banjo, though somewhat cheaper, from Elderly. I like doing business with Elderly.

    Thanks for the good info, everyone; it mighta been helpful if I had been quicker.
    Thanks for the feedback and for the recommendation; I’m glad that you ended up with something that you’re happy with from a trader you can trust and making saving on what eBay had to offer is a nice bonus too. eBay is usually good on price but, like I said in #8, it’s not always the cheapest.

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    I've had some good experiences with ebay seller, but you have to know how to recognize the deals and understand what you are buying. I got my Kamaka White Label in pristine condition for $199, buy it now with free shipping one night, some Pono's at great prices, 2 Mele's, Goldltone Irish Tenor banjo with full reso, hard case, and pickup for $375, and on and on. Have to be a smart shopper though.

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