The Recording King RK R85 limited edition Bright Cherry Red Maple model you may have heard about was discontinued in 2017 or 2018 and was replaced by the RK-R85 Elite Flamed Maple The banjo as far as components, tone, construction, specs, hardware, type of wood, all of that is identical with the two different colored versions except now the RK 85 has the flamed maple.
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RK 85 Demo Video
The Demo Video on this page is me playing the Bright Cherry Red RK 85 Limited Edition from a couple years ago. That model was discontinued. The Bright Red RK85 and this new Flamed Maple are the same banjo except the finish. The Flamed Maple version is staying in production. So, for video tone comparisons you can still use my video of the red RK85 to hear what these sound like,...just not what they look like. You would likely agree that they look awesome in flamed maple. They are the same structurally otherwise.
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This model is designed after the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930's, the RK Elite 85 offers players classic vintage snap and handcrafted construction. Professional components like a classic Mastertone-style tone ring and true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim provide the fundamentals for traditional banjo tone. The highly-flamed maple resonator & neck and sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish result in a stunning banjo with excellent projection and beautiful aesthetics. With classic design features like the vintage-style double-cut Recording King peghead and custom Hearts & Flowers-style peghead and fretboard inlay, the Elite 85 combines historic banjo tradition with modern construction for a true top shelf instrument.
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Banoteacher.com ships the RK 85 Elite free with free hard case and at the great price. We also include 5 banjo instruction DVDs and Online Banjo access with a retail value of 189.00 FREE. When investing in a banjo like the Recording King R 85 our customer service serving banjo players online since 2003 is unmatched.
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