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Fix

United States
7 posts
since 6/18/17

06/18/2017 16:54:14 View Fix's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

New here. My apologies if this is the wrong place.

I just bought a parlor banjo, old as dirt, and it appears to have metal inlay work (brass, copper, and maybe aluminum.) There are also a couple MOP inlays, but metal is clearly the main material.

I would like to replace the mising inlays, but can only guess at which metals are missing.
I have no idea who made it.

Anybody have an idea where I can find out who made this, and what the inlays would have been that are missing. I can't seem to identify it using my Google skills.

I put a couple images in my profile page, since I haven't yet figured out how to attach them here.

Thanks

Nick Danger

United States
1208 posts since 2/21/11

06/18/2017 17:09:01 View Nick Danger's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Maybe this'll help...


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Fix

United States
7 posts since 6/18/17

06/18/2017 17:55:22 View Fix's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Thank you very much.

Is it HTML tags, or is there an attachment option that I can't see from my phone?

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Fix

United States
7 posts since 6/18/17

06/18/2017 17:58:34 View Fix's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

That top arrow inlay on the headstock is my main question. The bottom arrow appears to be copper, but since the other inlays seem to have all three metals, the top arrow could be alluminum. It could also just be more copper.

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rcc56

United States
609 posts since 2/20/16

06/18/2017 22:44:11 Reply with Quote

Sometimes, you just have to make a guess.  Or a choice.  You could cut an inlay from each metal and then decide what looks the best.

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GSCarson

United States
1404 posts since 1/13/06

06/19/2017 06:27:29View GSCarson's MP3 Archive View GSCarson's Photo Albums View GSCarson's Blog Reply with Quote

I use a lot of metal inlays, always liked them.  I would suggest carrying the copper theme through on the replacement of the top arrow, that would be consistent with what I've seen. 

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G Edward Porgie

United States
3506 posts since 8/28/13

06/19/2017 07:16:32 Reply with Quote

I would guess that the top of the arrow was made of copper. From the way it interlaces with the curlicue portion, it appears to me that the top of the arrow is simply a continuation of the lower half. A different metal or MOP or anything else would ruin the continuity of the design.


Edited by - G Edward Porgie on 06/19/2017 07:17:00

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Fix

United States
7 posts since 6/18/17

06/19/2017 08:46:00 View Fix's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I was leaning towards copper.
I'll have to polish the existing copper a bit, but I think the copper I currently have is too bright. I might have to look around for a different peice.

I do like metal inlays though.
I usually put them on my guitars and rifles. I just never saw a banjo with them.

Still gave no idea who made this thing, but it looks pretty well built.

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rcc56

United States
609 posts since 2/20/16

06/19/2017 10:43:25 Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Fix


I'll have to polish the existing copper a bit, but I think the copper I currently have is too bright. I might have to look around for a different peice.




 


The new copper will darken and tarnish in time.  Compare a brand new penny to one that's only a couple of years old.

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Fix

United States
7 posts since 6/18/17

06/19/2017 11:48:09 View Fix's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Copper is not all the same color though.

Some tarnishes easier, or is a different color.

The stuff I have now looks a little brassy.

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Bill Anderson

United States
703 posts since 4/7/09

06/20/2017 08:42:55 View Bill Anderson's Photo Albums View Bill Anderson's Blog Reply with Quote

Probably Buckbee made. Check out the one on my Homepage, click 'photos'...Buckbee 1890s with metal inlay.

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Fix

United States
7 posts since 6/18/17

06/20/2017 08:50:48 View Fix's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

The Buck bee headstock shape does appear to be a dead ringer.
Your inlays are far more elaborate than mine, but I assume, as with all instruments, they came in several price ranges.

Thanks.
I'll do more research on Buckbee.

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Fix

United States
7 posts since 6/18/17

06/20/2017 09:12:07 View Fix's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I'm very happy with this banjo regardless of what it is or isn't. The neck is shorter than my other banjo, so it isn't like I have two of the same (that has not stopped me with guitars).

I can't wait to find time to put it back together.

Best 35 bucks I spent this week.

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CEParagon124

United States
784 posts since 6/20/14

06/21/2017 06:21:21View CEParagon124's MP3 Archive View CEParagon124's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

You can "age" your copper using vinegar. Immerse in vinegar for several days, but do not rub it dry.

Hopefully, you can math what's already on the banjo.

C Noyes

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