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beezaboy - Posted - 12/16/2009:  15:53:14


I bought this banjo for my New York City collection.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...i%3D1&_rdc=1

But, is Wizard from a New York City maker? Some say it's a Chicago maker like Regal. Ebay seller describes banjo as Wm. L Lange made. I asked ebay seller where he got this information.

Seller said the banjo expert at Gruhn's identified it for him.

What do you think??? I can't find anything definitive about Wizard Mugwumps has Wizard coming from New York City.

Bill Rogers - Posted - 12/16/2009:  16:06:41


Looks Slingerland-ish, based on the purfling and the peghead, but they aren't definitve. Could be Oscar Schmidt. Doesn't look like Lange to me, and it's not Kay. Wizard was a trademark of the Western Auto stores (Remember them?), which sold such an eclectic mix of products that banjos could have been among them--or not.

Rick Mc - Posted - 12/16/2009:  16:26:33


Heck yea I remember Western Auto Stores! My dad owned one the whole time I was growing up in Osceola, Iowa. The Wizard label was used on some items, like appliances and some small stuff but I don't think I ever saw a Western Auto trade label like Wizard, Truetone, Revelation, etc used on musical instruments. But who knows what they labeled banjo's in the 1920's. I can only remember the 1960's-80's. Everything before and after that period is a bit cloudy these days.

Rick Mc
Osceola, Iowa



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