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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Manufactured by C. W. VanDusen??


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TriMD180 - Posted - 03/01/2021:  22:05:25


Been searching all day to no avail. Dowel has Manufactured by C W VanDusen stamped. The tailpiece and pegs have been replaced the 5th string peg (2. !?) have been plugged but the pot seems to be solid metal and the hooks attach to the tension hoop on a lower lip. Cool carving on the heel with a hole that goes all the way through! Any Ideas???



I was just was looking at the banjo inlay (marquetry) and realized that the image of the banjo has the same hole in the heel as well as the hooks attaching on the lower part of the tension hoop!


Edited by - TriMD180 on 03/01/2021 22:11:52


Andy FitzGibbon - Posted - 03/02/2021:  02:29:55


There was a G. W. Van Dusen who had a couple patents for stringed instrument "attachments"... but not for banjo specifically. Is it possible the C is a G? I can't tell from the photo.

Stephen John Prior - Posted - 03/02/2021:  02:46:44


I was just looking at the brackets and wondering if the pot possibly missing a timber lining ?

kyleb - Posted - 03/02/2021:  04:15:20


Can you get a shot of the tuners? They look really odd. Could they line up with this patent? patents.google.com/patent/US440979A/en

TriMD180 - Posted - 03/02/2021:  05:57:07


Missing the timber lining makes sense Steve! I bet that is why the threads are so long! I should have thought of that. There should be a curved lip along the bottom of the cladding. I’ll ask the owner if that is so. Is cladding structurally strong enough by itself to support string tension, etc.? Seems like that may cause problems.

TriMD180 - Posted - 03/02/2021:  06:02:43


quote:

Originally posted by kyleb

Can you get a shot of the tuners? They look really odd. Could they line up with this patent? patents.google.com/patent/US440979A/en






Cool Patent!! But  believe they are just normal cheap exposed gear tuners that have lost some screws.


kyleb - Posted - 03/02/2021:  06:50:39


Yep normal old guitar tuners it is.

TriMD180 - Posted - 03/07/2021:  09:36:57


quote:

Originally posted by Andy FitzGibbon

There was a G. W. Van Dusen who had a couple patents for stringed instrument "attachments"... but not for banjo specifically. Is it possible the C is a G? I can't tell from the photo.






Andy, I suppose it could be a G.   

TriMD180 - Posted - 03/07/2021:  09:50:35


quote:

Originally posted by Stephen John Prior

I was just looking at the brackets and wondering if the pot possibly missing a timber lining ?






I talked with the owner and he seemed to think that the hoop was made that way... ie without the timber. If the wood was missing would the cladding be enough to support the tension of the strings?? Seems it would be difficult to stay round.

TriMD180 - Posted - 03/07/2021:  09:57:09


Thanks for the replies! Still I wonder about the neck and peg head shape. Does it look familiar to anyone? Also it is curious that the banjo image marquetry inlay on the finger board looks a lot like the banjo itself. Same hole through the heel and the lower hook attachment lip on the tension hoop. Any thoughts??

Stephen John Prior - Posted - 03/08/2021:  02:28:49


quote:

Originally posted by TriMD180

quote:

Originally posted by Stephen John Prior

I was just looking at the brackets and wondering if the pot possibly missing a timber lining ?






I talked with the owner and he seemed to think that the hoop was made that way... ie without the timber. If the wood was missing would the cladding be enough to support the tension of the strings?? Seems it would be difficult to stay round.






Just speculating on the length of the bracket bolts really Willie. My next question would be how thick is the metal ? I have a number of all metal rims and they measure at least 2mm thick. 

TriMD180 - Posted - 05/05/2021:  17:41:25


Well, has any one ever heard of or seen another banjo made by C. W. VanDusen?? So far no success.

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