Hello BHO folks. This is my first post here so please excuse me if this is in the wrong place or if I'm ignorant of any posting protocols.
In 2018 I inherited my father's 1975 Stelling Bellflower. It's almost exactly the same age as me and it's the only banjo I remember him owning. An old friend however has mentioned that he thinks my father was not the original owner.
So if you, or someone you know, was ever the owner of Stelling Banjo #46 I'd sure love to hear from you.
I've been in touch with a few forum members who've owned Bellflowers of similar a vintage and they've been very helpful.
Banjo was owned by your Father and is the same age as you? My suggestion is to honor your Fathers legacy and learn to play the banjo he left you. You would be very hard pressed to find a higher quality instrument out there for you to play.
If that is already your plan, that is fantastic. Enjoy the journey.
Maybe. Geoff used both woods and the flame figures can be similar. The grain, however, looks more like cherry. If I had it in hand, it would be easy to tell but I'm going by pictures only. There are Bellflowers in walnut, too.
Too bad yours doesn't appear on The List. Perhaps you can get them to add it.
This will be birch for sure the grain and color are the give away, my old npicking buddy has number 16 Stelling a birch Bellflower he is also only the second person Geoff ever taught banjo playing to.
I met Geoff at the Golden West bluegrass festival in 1974 a skinny guy in Navy denem with a hand made banjo number one trying to find interest in his dream of selling his banjos for living, been friends that long
I will try to remember (it's getting harder lol ) to ask Geoff this Monday to look to see if he can find who the original owner was. It should be in his books. I havent seen the earliest books but the more recent ones list who they are sold to. Though it may well be a dealer instead of private owner.
My father owned a music store in Canada and I thought that that's how he may have acquired it. In talking to some of his old friends and employees though I found that none of them seem to remember where it came from.
Well I got Geoff to look #46 up in the old books and the buyer name looked like Grizby or something close. It had been crossed out for some reason. #47 just below it was sold through McCabes. Sorry I could find more.