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Hey Bobby! These are great suggestions, and be sure to scour eBay/Amazon for Deering Goodtime 2 banjos. They are in your price range and are great starters. And as Cobbler said, setup is important, so expect to have to spend a little after you get your banjo to have it setup to play better (it may not need it, though!).
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Ben…what is it about Deering Goodtime 2’s that makes for such a great starter? Just curious…I came across the website of a shop here in town (one that I’d never been in) that had a used Deering Goodtime 2 for $175, cleaned up, setup and all. Unfortunately, I came across the listing too late…I wasn’t the only one who thought that was a good deal!
I am ready to upgrade but am leaning towards going the used route. There are several shops in town that offer used ones, setup and ready, for a very reasonable price ($250 range).