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cmccoy - Posted - 11/25/2019:  18:44:44


Hello,

I was recently gifted this instrument and came here to see if anyone knows anything about it? I can’t find any models or serial numbers or ID of any kind except for the “Jos. Rogers Jr. Minstrel Brand” on the head.

Thank you!


Texican65 - Posted - 11/25/2019:  18:56:04


Cool...looks like an old Buckbee banjo...1890s-early 1900’s. Very common make of instrument back then for the common man. Give it a good wipe down, tighten the head, get a new tailpiece for some nylon strings and you’ll be in bidnezz!

tdennis - Posted - 11/25/2019:  19:14:43


..Seems like a nice Buckbee, (although, the neck bracing system seems different than Buckbee) What is the size of the head ?

cmccoy - Posted - 11/25/2019:  19:18:38


quote:

Originally posted by tdennis

..Seems like a nice Buckbee, (although, the neck bracing system seems different than Buckbee) What is the size of the head ?






11" diameter 

joe28675 - Posted - 11/25/2019:  21:14:46


I've always wonder which banjo manufacture first started using hex brackets and when. I really hate them. But I have never seen hex brackets on a banjo that I thought was a Buckbee, believed they were a bit later, maybe?

rmcdow - Posted - 11/26/2019:  03:03:56


quote:

Originally posted by cmccoy

quote:

Originally posted by tdennis

..Seems like a nice Buckbee, (although, the neck bracing system seems different than Buckbee) What is the size of the head ?






11" diameter 






I think the part of the bracing showing most was added on later to keep or adjust the heel angle

Andy FitzGibbon - Posted - 11/26/2019:  07:08:03


Probably either Rettberg & Lange, or Oscar Schmidt. The neck brace has an added part.

I think Lyon & Healy were the first to use hex shoes. They don't seem to appear on Buckbee instruments until around the time Rettberg & Lange took over.

Andy

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