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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Howard Professional Banjo - somebody grab this

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Alvin Conder - Posted - 05/08/2022:  14:01:05

This is on eBay. Offered to buy it but seller will not ship. If you are in Albuquerque, NM, this is a solid deal.


No relationship to the listing in any way other than sharing it here.

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 05/08/2022:  16:24:44

This seller has a lot of incorrect information. for one thing, there's no way Kay had any7thing to do with it. It also looks more like an banjo than anything made in USA.

It still looks very nice and at a nice price, but I'm at least 2000 miles from Albuquerque. Maybe Bugs Bunny can pick it up on his way through!

Edited by - G Edward Porgie on 05/08/2022 16:25:05

Alvin Conder - Posted - 05/08/2022:  17:34:47

British Banjo.
Top Quality.
Perfect for classic style playing.

Wish I was close enough to grab it. But...wrong part of the continent.

loothi - Posted - 05/08/2022:  18:02:25

Alright. It's my banjo. Now I don't want to sell it. :)

I asked about this banjo, on this forum over 10 years ago. I think the old forum disappeared as I can't find the feedback. I was told that Howard (via mugwumps database) was a brand name for Wurlitzer. I got the Kay thing from this post

I had no idea it was British (as am I). How do you know that?

Now I am glad I dissuaded my old banjo teacher from installing geared pegs. He was horrified that I wanted to keep the friction ones.

Anyway, I'll put some nylon strings on her and start treating her with some respect. Appreciate the feedback!


Joel Hooks - Posted - 05/08/2022:  18:21:23

100% British made, and a nice banjo. Good for you on keeping the friction pegs! You did the right thing.

Yep, nylon strings and you will have a high level classic era banjo.

Mugwumps is more wrong than right.

gcpicken - Posted - 05/08/2022:  18:53:40

So fun to see a thread with a beginning, a middle and an end. And all in the same day!

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 05/09/2022:  05:03:04

There was a Howard banjo made in the USA. I am not certain of the Wurlitzer connection, but the only other "howarts I know of were tenor banjos made by Bacon in the early thirties. This Howard was made much earlier.

Like-named instruments, mergers, bankruptcies, wholesalers and dealers having banjos built under their name by multiple other companies, all make matters confusing, and one can't rely on a banjo site that went extinct before much new knowledge had been discovered.

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