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Author Topic: Aria banjo  (Read 4485 times)

Offline pstroud1

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Aria banjo
« on: September 02, 2010, 07:14:44 PM »
My good banjo is an Aria.  I'm not sure of the year or model. I got it in WV, traded a Leo banjo that was pitted pretty rough. I traded in the early 90's but this Aria was used then and not perfect looking. I think I traded down a little but the sound made me take to this one. It was used and has only one rod where the Leo had two. Guess it was just set up better.
  I Googled  Aria banjos and got this site. I looked at their models but the have dots down the neck and mine has a bow tie style on the neck with 22 frets with just a rectangular thing like the bow tie things between 21st and 22nd frets. It looks like ivory where the name Aria is and the markings on the neck. I can't easily explain the design below the name Aria it is similar to a cross but not the like the ones I've seen on the Cross models. It's a good sounding jo to me and I keep the resonator off cause it's way too loud to suit me. I even keep a pair of old dirty socks in there to mute it some in the house  :smile:
The resonator has a 4 triangle design in the center sort of diamond shaped but each section is separate.
 It's probably a cheap one cause once on the hangout a guy that buys and sells banjos said he could get them all day for $200. I sure like to have a truckload that sounded like this one to me lol j/k 
I was just wondering if anyone might know the approximate year of this banjo.


Offline Squared Eel

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Re: Aria banjo
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2010, 01:48:25 PM »
I couldn't get your link to show me anything.

I saw a few Arias back in the 1970's, when I was running my music store
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Can you post a picture  of yours?

Offline BanjoCody

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Re: Aria banjo
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2010, 03:55:15 PM »
I recently picked a Banjo up from a Local Resale Shop, It sounds pretty similar if not exact to your description of your Banjo. I was also curious of the year of my Aria Banjo and possibly a estimate of its worth. I am including a few pictures of mine.

Any information regarding this banjo would be appreciated! I am just getting into playing and have a lot to learn.


Offline Squared Eel

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Re: Aria banjo
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2010, 09:56:00 PM »
Got the link to work.
I guess that's the going rate for Aria banjos today.

If you're happy with it, that's what really counts.
Is there any label inside?

Offline brunomathilda

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Re: Aria banjo
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2013, 04:04:58 PM »
This banjo was made by Kasuga  Japan in the 1970.
There is a lot of the same model with different names.
Alvarez,Orpheum,Ventura,Epiphone and few more names.
They are ok banjos ,the price range those days  goes from the low $200 to some stupid asking price,but that is a totally at the seller discretion.
They are very common in the $300.
The necks are decents.
The hardware is pot metal

Offline jwoods

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Re: Aria banjo
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2013, 05:24:14 PM »
The last post on this thread was almost three years ago.

Hopefully the OP didn't wait that long... :smile:

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Re: Aria banjo
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2013, 06:39:37 PM »
Yeah, this post got resurrected!

Not a big deal...

Here's a link to a Google Images page that features quite a few of the Arias...

I thought the name sounded very familiar... I look up and realize my Mandolin is an Aria!

Not bad for a guy named Tom Arri, huh?  :Idea:  :NoWay:

Here's the link:

Aria Banjo Images