So excited. My Silver Bell No. 1 circa 1920s is almost ready for pickup! Can’t wait to play it. It was already a compellingly player before I took it in - can’t wait to see it with new head, tailpiece and setup! Mike
I have had a 1927 B&D #1 Silver Bell Plectrum for years now...Love it. Only changes that I made were to raise the neck 1/8" and use a taller Farquar bridge, had it refretted, and had the nickel redone. Currently playing in a winter jazz group in Florida.
Polle, how would you describe differerences in sound between 23'' and 22'' scale B&Ds?
I have not been able comparing them side by side - as all 22" examples passing my workshop were set up for GDAE tuning - whereas the vast majority of the 23" examples were set up for either CGDA tenor or DGBE Chicago tuning.
My own "new" soloist banjo is an OME Juggernaut - with a 22-1/8" scale - I´m using the same set-up as for my B&D´s - and I do get the same feel etc. of it as of all of my 23" B&D´s in the past and present. It was in fact your question here, that made me aware of the scale difference - LOL!
So - don´t care so much for the scale difference - more important is the neck construction and especially the tone ring type. Some players do prefer the early types - either perforated both in- and outside or perforated only inside - my personal favorite is the last type - non-perforated and with a floating inner skirt - this type gives me the rich sound and long sustain preferred by me.