my daughter's banjo teacher wants her to upgrade (she just began playing in Jan) to a 'Remo Weatherking Masterpiece' banjo. I know NOTHING about the various types of banjos and bought her what I thought was a nice, new beginnner's banjo for $200 for Christmas along with the lessons (which she LOVES). Her banjo teacher says she's really progressing well and wants me to consider purchasing this 'Remo' banjo which is a very beautiful instrument - but I'm ignorant about it and can't seem to find information on the internet about it. Is it a very old banjo? He say's it's worth $1200??!!! Please, any information you can offer about this would be greatly appreciated!
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I'm no expert - but I have been playing the 5-string banjo for a while. Moreover, I've been buying remo heads for over 40 years (started as a drummer in grade school).
Anyway, If Remo makes a banjo - I've never heard of or seen one. (maybe someone can clarify that) They make plenty of banjo heads in different sizes and styles - but no banjos that I know of. Years ago, many no-name banjo makers wouldn't put any identification on the instrument, so the 'Remo' logo on the head was the only way to idenfity it. Could be that. Upgrading to a Remo head is never a bad idea - so maybe that's what they meant. I'm not sure where the $1200 came from - that's actually not a lot of money for a decent 5-string banjo.
I just bout a banjo that i can't identify, it has a spread eagle on the back and on the neck and has mother of pearl frets. It has a Remo weatherking head on it. If anyone can tell me anything about it, I'd be Happy, Happy, Happy. J.D. Luster e-mail = firstname.lastname@example.org