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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Joseph Pacheco mfg. Small banjo

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BIGGUNDOCTOR - Posted - 11/03/2019:  18:04:50

First posting. I hit a garage sale today and picked up a 4 string banjo/ukulele that is marked J.Pachecho mfg. and no other markings anywhere. It is not pristine, but looks solid mechanically. The head? is ripped, and there are no strings. I see similar ones with Google images, but all of them have necks that look like guitars - squarish at the top. This one is very curvey. Looks like some of the J bolts have been swapped out. Most are one diameter the whole length, but there are four that have a jog in the long side and are thinner.

What I have read , he joined Liberty in 1926, so would this be pre 1926 since it only has his name? When did he start making instruments?

I'll get some pictures posted when I get home.

I have never played a banjo, but have always liked them, so maybe this is the incentive to try it out.

Thanks in advance.

tdennis - Posted - 11/03/2019:  19:00:06

There is very little info on The Liberty co., & you have probably found the short half a page on the internet. I believe Pacheco made banjos before joining Liberty, with some instruments labeled Pacheco showing up after Liberty was sold.

BIGGUNDOCTOR - Posted - 11/30/2019:  15:27:07

Doing some more research it looks like I have a tenor banjo, not a banjolele. Mine has the larger pot than the smaller 8" or so uke models.

Been busy with work , so haven't had time to snap any pictures.

What do I need to look for when getting a replacement head, and where is the best place to get one?

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 12/01/2019:  07:08:15

A karger pot doesn't mean much. I'd go more by overall size, scale length, and number of frets. A tenor banjo have 17 or 19 frets and should be between about 29-33 inches overall, depending on the number of frets, with a scale length somewhere between 19 1/2 and 23 inches, again depeding on whether it has 17 or 19 frets.

There are differnt typs of heads available: calfskin, goatskin, and several different synthetic heads. They are available fron many sources such as Elderly Instruments and Stewart MscDonald. Skins are availble from John Balch (a BHO member) and he also sells them pre-mounted. In any case, you'll need to know the diameter of the head and the crown height (the distance beteen the head's mounting rim or flesh hoop, and the top of the head).

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