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A distinguished visitor..... Stewart "Orchestra"

Posted by Mark Ralston on Saturday, July 9, 2011

This is one of those banjos that just stops you in your tracks.    12 1/8"pot, very finely carved heel, gorgeous pot marquetry, uses just about every MOP shape in Stewart's repertoire..... one of Stewart's finest.



3 comments on “A distinguished visitor..... Stewart "Orchestra"”

GSCarson Says:
Sunday, July 10, 2011 @6:53:47 AM

That's a real beauty Mark, what a great banjo! I told the banjo player in our old timey band about what looked to be a neat banjo at a local auction about two months ago that I couldn't get to. He went and ended up with quess what - 12 1/8" Stewart Orchestra, # 10784. Great condition but a few things to deal with. Doesn't have the fancy inlays or carving like this one though but we are looking forward to getting her back in playing condition. Will this one be at Clifftop? Glenn

Mark Ralston Says:
Sunday, July 10, 2011 @7:09:03 AM

Yep, a gorgeous banjo. Unfortunately, it just checked in for a new head & a tuneup, so it won't be making an appearance at Clifftop. Your comment about the inlay on your friend's Orchestra #10784 prompted me to check other sources for "typical" inlays on the Orchestra model..... looks like the inlay and heel carving on Stewart's Orchestra model may have varied a bit, and the one that I'm working on is similar to others that I Googled up. See ya @ Clifftop !

Bill Anderson Says:
Sunday, July 10, 2011 @7:49:47 AM

Beautiful, thanks for posting. I have had several Stewarts but none right now. I still love them and miss them.

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