Years ago (fifteen or so) I picked with a friend who had an Alvarez banjo. It seemed to be a higher end model if I remember right. He could play about any instrument well but was primarily a banjo player. He never kept instruments long unless they were special in some way and besides a twelve string Yamaha guitar, this Alvarez banjo was a keeper. He’d had it for a long time and I’d bet he still has it. I don’t know what model it was as I’m not much into banjos but I do remember it being a great instrument. He kept it over many “better”, more expensive banjos including a few Gibsons.
Speaking of Alvarez, I had an Alvarez Yairi classical guitar I wish I would have kept. I didn’t realize how good it was until I sold it and then had an itch again for a classical. I never could find anything that came remotely close to it for under a thousand dollars. I bought it for $350.00 and sold it for way more but could never replace it for even what I sold it for. I made out ok moneywise, but still have never found another classical that was that good for a decent price, so I really didn’t make out so well after all. Learn and Live I guess. Or is it the other way around?
Anyway, I’d dust it off, maybe have a good setup done and put some new strings on it. You may just find out you have something really good there!
One more thing:
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it is loud very loud
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That, I believe, is because it’s a banjo!