Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

Banjo Lovers Online

 All Forums
 Other Banjo-Related Topics
 Collector's Corner
 ARCHIVED TOPIC: What does the "L" signify in a Keech "L/A # 33" serial number?

Please note this is an archived topic, so it is locked and unable to be replied to. You may, however, start a new topic and refer to this topic with a link:

Keech-Owner - Posted - 05/06/2021:  03:14:33

I've owned a Keech Long scale model A Banjulele ("DES. REG. 767513" ) since the 1970s. I did research for it back in the day and am generally aware of what I own. I had returned to researching it again over the last month. I don't want to come across as a newbie asking a dumb question but I had run out of options with the following question.

Can anyone explain what the "L" signifies in the "L/A # 33" serial number? I searched far and wide but could not find any explanation on the Internet. I do have some photocopies from the 1970s with pictures of various model "A" Keeches but they are too low quality.

There is also the name "J Burney" scratched into the surface under the standard "Alvin D Keech" signature. I could not determine whether this person had anything to do with the banjulele's construction. I do know that mine came from Ireland in 1927.

I also don't wish to join this forum just to ask "What is my banjulele worth?". Hence, I'll offer some comments at first. Back in the 1970s I was offered CDN$150 for it from a music shop which is about CDN$450 today. I've seen a number of sales for this same instrument at GBP 175, GBP 225 and GBP 280. I have also seen the comments on this forum stating that Keech instruments are not very collectable. Also, I believe that the "A" models are not as desirable as the B or C models. I'd love to pin this instrument down to some year and location of manufacture.

I had found the same model on Worthpoint but I don't have a subscription to find the prior sales prices (L/A 629, L/A 763 & L/A 476).

Thank you for any information that you may have about the "L/A" designation.

Edited by - Keech-Owner on 05/06/2021 03:15:03

Greg Denton - Posted - 05/06/2021:  03:34:50

"Long Scale" perhaps?

beegee - Posted - 05/06/2021:  03:36:19

The A was the base model and I, also, assume L means "long-scale"

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories