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How Much Should You Spend on Your First Banjo?
Buying your first banjo can be an exciting and life-changing event for musicians of any level. But first you’ll ask yourself questions like, “How much would a good beginner’s banjo cost?” or “How much should I pay to start out with?”
Both are very important points to consider when choosing a new banjo. To help you and other beginners through this dilemma, we’ve written this blog post to help you understand how much you should pay for your first banjo, and what you’re getting for it.
First Thing’s First
The first thing you should keep in mind is your own budget and how serious you are about studying the banjo. If you’re only looking for a casual hobby, or simply cannot afford a better banjo, that’s ok. However, you might purchase a cheaper banjo, and might need to change to a better banjo with time, which may cost you more in the long run.
The Ideal Price Range
While you can purchase a decent beginner’s banjo for around $250 – $270, it won’t be as sturdy, reliable, and sonorous as would a higher-end banjo. That said, you don’t have to shell out over a thousand dollars on your first banjo. You can find great banjos that will last you for years at around $400, right in the middle of the road. The Deering Goodtime banjo is the best you can possible buy in this price range. It is a great sounding instrument and will play easily and in tune.
It may sound pricey, but think of it as an investment into your life as a musician. For that price, you will get a banjo with great tone and playability; you may not even need another banjo for years!
Of course, you would need to take great care of your banjo and not bash it around on the road, just to see how much it can take.
Should I Get Anything Else?
There are accessories that every banjo player needs at any level. Here are the essentials:
Shoulder strap to play while standing
Picks (different styles help diversify your playing)
Extra strings for replacement (or for finding the right gauge for comfort and tone)
Extra bridge to test your tone with