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DbUke
07-15-2013, 07:33 AM
So coming this December I'll be able to buy myself a Banjo ukulele, its great because I've always wanted one and admire their unique tone, but can't decide which one to get. There's so many choices!
I have a budget of 300 GBP (300). I am looking for something with a resonator, (ie. no open backs) preferably a Uke with those banjo style heads, (the rounded looking ones, this isn't a huge deal though), and a good tone. I've seen some "Dallas B" and "Delta Blue" ones around my budget, some 250....

fernandogardinali
07-15-2013, 08:03 AM
Why not look at a Gibson UB1? They come up for something like 450.

According to Google:

450 U.S. dollars =
297.934322 British pounds

You can find some sweet ukes here as well: http://www.andyeastwood.com/ukulelemarket.htm

TheCraftedCow
07-15-2013, 09:05 PM
There is a company in the UK who sells Eddy-Finn banjo ukuleles. For just pure fun, the little soprano has a lot of bark for being such a little dog. The concert one with the full reflector on the back is more subdued. I have one of each, and have sold more soprano banjo ukes that the other two styles combined.

PhilUSAFRet
07-16-2013, 05:44 AM
If you have a trusted, reasonably priced Luthier nearby (hah, good luck) there are the most wonderful vintage banjo ukes available in the UK. Don't have to get top of the line. A soprano banjo uke, I just got an Morgan Monroe (now Eddie Finn) with a 6" pot, has the 1st and 4th strings awfully close to the edge of the fretboard. That may or may not be a problem for you. If it is, a concert size is readily available and will give you a little more finger room. They have 8" heads, as do a few sopranos. Most of the lower priced newer banjo ukes are clones of the Goldtone, which itself, is based on the earlier vintage ones of the 20's and 30's. Also, many of the older ones have already been refurbished and set up by someone who knows what they are going...usually! I have seen some awesome ones for only about $125 US. I bought my Morgan Monroe for $125 and my concert size Rally with full resonator and hardshell case for $125, both used and in nearly new condition. Good luck.

bnolsen
07-16-2013, 09:47 AM
For a "budget" there's the sort of banjo from zither heaven.

http://www.zitherheaven.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=ZH&Screen=PROD&Category_Code=UKB&Product_Code=UKB4CM

and a youtube review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HwnecVKiIA

and an album (from same). I believe the first song he's picking on that banjo.

http://dylanrogers.bandcamp.com

You should be able to shop around and get this cheaper as well.