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Old Alvarez Banjo

Posted by jhenry9585 on Monday, September 4, 2017

I have an old Alvarez Bango purchased used in 1981.  It has a bent tailpiece (I think this is what connects the strings to the bango).  I am not a player.  Can't find any serial numbers.  Is this worth fixing or can it be fixed?



5 comments on “Old Alvarez Banjo”

john houston Says:
Monday, September 4, 2017 @7:20:40 PM

Is the old Alvarez a 5 string or a 4 string banjo?

Texasbanjo Says:
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @4:37:36 AM

Well, I didn't see where you'd already posted in the forums. Looks like you didn't need any help. Welcome to the Hangout anyway!

jhenry9585 Says:
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @3:33:09 PM

the bango is a 5 string. Can you still get the part or can you bend it back?

Old Hickory Says:
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 @10:01:58 AM

As described in the discussion you posted in the Forums, the tailpiece is not worth fixing. It's junk. You can buy a new tailpiece for as little as $5 on eBay (a clamshell style shipped from China) or spend over $50. The banjo is worth spending the money to keep it playable, but I think the Prucha version of a Presto tailpiece from Stew-Mac for $35 plus shipping is the most I'd spend on a tailpiece for this instrument. As I said in the Forum discussion, the low-cost Chinese tailpieces that I linked to are appropriate for this banjo.

jhenry9585 Says:
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 @5:25:46 PM

Thanks

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