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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Someone pick up this Ode 42!


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tinyhousebanjo - Posted - 09/08/2020:  17:19:01


Although I don't have the space or blessing to buy another banjo, this thing looks like a gem! Hope someone on here can help it find a new home! No affiliation with the seller, just an admirer of these things.

portland.craigslist.org/wsc/ms...5384.html

35planar - Posted - 09/08/2020:  18:18:11


Phone link isn't working...grrr.

Texican65 - Posted - 09/08/2020:  22:44:22


I’ve been watching that one on Ebay...if I didn’t already have an Ode 42...I’d get it. These are great banjos, and this one looks complete.

Dow

SamCy - Posted - 09/09/2020:  07:33:30


The rim appears to be designed to be an archtop, but it is set up as a flathead. Ode used a brass rolled rod resting on the inner part of the rim on some of their banjos. Has it been removed on this banjo, or did it come that way from the factory?


Edited by - SamCy on 09/09/2020 07:37:20



 

Dan Gellert - Posted - 09/09/2020:  08:12:59


If memory serves, they offered both flat and arch top options on the rims which used a separate brass tone ring

35planar - Posted - 09/09/2020:  08:21:46


The brass hoop is there. This is a '64 or '65, before the Baldwin sale, so dowel stick and the hoop has square posts that sit in the holes of the die cast rim's integral tone ring. You can just see them if you look in the holes.
Cheers!

Mark
Decatur, GA

tortoise - Posted - 09/25/2020:  13:18:15


Wow, just ran across this thread.



I bought this last night! It was the seller's step-father's. It is an archtop, and is nearly pristine. The only non factory bit is the plastic key on the fifth string tuner. The plastic head has "boulder ODE Colo" screened on it even!



it came with packs of new and used strings that must be from at least the early 70s, what I assume to be an ODE leather strap, some weird picks. Even weirder, the HSC fits the banjo just fine, but only with the resonator removed?



I'm a DIY kinda guy mostly but given the pedigree of this banjo, I just dropped it off at 12th Fret here in Portland to be set-up and restrung.



quite the step up from my Epiphone EB-98.



I'll probably make a thread on it once I get it back if folx want a good look at it!


Edited by - tortoise on 09/25/2020 13:22:51

Texican65 - Posted - 09/26/2020:  02:57:23


Congrats Tortoise! You weren’t slow on that one.

That’s a fine banjo that will hold its own at intermediate or professional level. Anything you pay to have somebody do to that banjo for you...you could just do yourself...and probably better. It all depends on what your tastes are, compared to the person’s setting it up.

Either way...I’ll be interested to hear it and get some more detailed pictures when you’ve got it dialed in. Good luck and have fun!

Dow

J.Albert - Posted - 09/26/2020:  12:18:58


Nikolas wrote:

"Even weirder, the HSC fits the banjo just fine, but only with the resonator removed?"



Perhaps the instrument was originally sold as an open back, the resonator added later?



In any case, while there are numerous cases to fit long-necked open back banjos, cases to fit a long-necked open back banjo WITH A RESONATOR are probably as rare as hens' teeth...

tortoise - Posted - 10/02/2020:  02:04:48


quote:

Originally posted by Texican65

Congrats Tortoise! You weren’t slow on that one.



That’s a fine banjo that will hold its own at intermediate or professional level. Anything you pay to have somebody do to that banjo for you...you could just do yourself...and probably better. It all depends on what your tastes are, compared to the person’s setting it up.



Either way...I’ll be interested to hear it and get some more detailed pictures when you’ve got it dialed in. Good luck and have fun!



Dow






Thanks!



It's in great condition, and you're right. Now that the banjo has been sitting at the luthier's for a week instead of in my lap, I'm second guessing having



dropped it off there. I have 25 years experience with guitars, I really could have just slapped some strings on and been away at it. They've done free work for me before, so I don't feel bad about paying them, but man I'd rather be playing.



I'll definitely make a post to show it off when I get it back. As far as hearing it in action, I might wait because I don't think the internet needs another slow version of "Cripple Creek" floating around wink

tortoise - Posted - 10/02/2020:  02:08:16


quote:

Originally posted by J.Albert

Nikolas wrote:

"Even weirder, the HSC fits the banjo just fine, but only with the resonator removed?"



Perhaps the instrument was originally sold as an open back, the resonator added later?



In any case, while there are numerous cases to fit long-necked open back banjos, cases to fit a long-necked open back banjo WITH A RESONATOR are probably as rare as hens' teeth...






After some reading here on the forums, I think this is likely the case. It seems that ODE offered pretty much any piece or part that they made available for



sale. Seems strange to buy an open back and convert it to a resonator, but it probably wont be too difficult to get a case made as it's actually a regular scale (at least by ODE's standard) neck. If i see a long neck Boulder ODE floating around in my neck of the woods, I don't think i'll be caring too much about what case it comes with!

mike gregory - Posted - 10/03/2020:  05:14:39


If appearance is not important, one may cobble together an insert, to make a standard resonator case longer.

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