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VICTOR CONCERT

Posted by Dock Jekel on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Until recently, one of my favorite banjos has been just some “vintage Dobson”.  I’ve just concluded, though, more accurately, that it’s probably a George C. Dobson, "Victor- Concert" (type) banjo (ca. 1885). 

You can SEE DOWNLOADED PHOTOS, in my "Dobson Banjo" album, if you're interested...

Billsbanjos.com refers to the “Victor-Concert” model as “being one of the top grades originally priced at $48, a high quality banjo … with good hardware, a real ebony fingerboard, and nice pearl inlays”. My Guru/ Bollman book “America’s instrument, the Banjo in the 19th Century” explains that this banjo was mass produced and probably made in New York City at the Buckbee factory. I think that this banjo is historically interesting because it marks the beginning of a period of time when the banjo was first becoming really accessible to the mainstream public. The banjo was just entering a "golden age" and becoming commonplace in late Victorian parlors.  
 
This is a light weight, cute looking banjo, with a shorter "A-scale" length, that’s fun to play.  It is shown in my current avatar picture.  I don't think it is worth that much, but I sure like it.  Here is my attempt at a description of the Dobson tone ring sound; bright, responsive, tinny, medium sustain, punchy, and quick. Compared to the “Electric” tone ring, however, it lacks the power and lower notes clarity of my Reiter Regent. 
 
It is fun thinking that I know more about my banjo.  Good notes to you!  Dock Jekel 
 




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