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Serenader Silver Bell manufacture year and value

Posted by jbcarter on Sunday, December 15, 2019

Hey folks, just bought my first banjo and I'm getting ready to string her up and set her up.

I've been playing stringed instruments (guitar, mandolin) for many years and am looking forward to making some music with this one.

I purchased this at an estate auction. It interested me because of the build quality and the tone of the open strings. I also thought my mandolin playing experience might bode well in learning this four string instrument.

It's a Bacon Banjo Co, Sliver Bell Serenader. The Dow is stamped 33845, Groton, CT USA and the rim is stamped 33846.

It would be much appreciated if someone could give me an idea of year of manufacture and value range. It appears that all the parts except the head are original, the case appears original although it's made by Wurlitzer. It came with the original sales brochure. This instrument has been played but has been well cared for. It appears in very good condition. The frets are in good shape and the neck is arrow straight.

I have pics but have not figured out how to post them here.

Thanks for any help provided.


1 comment on “Serenader Silver Bell manufacture year and value”

Texasbanjo Says:
Monday, December 16, 2019 @4:39:26 AM

Welcome to the Hangout.

To post pictures, go to your home page and click on media (left hand side of page about the middle). Then click on add photo(s) and upload photos. Follow easy instructions for getting photos on your home page. You must have your photos on your computer to put them on your home page. I think it also works on your cell phone, but you'll have to check that out, as I'm not positive about that.

The more photos, the better. Headstock, neck front and back, pot front and back, any dents, dings, cracks, etc. and any distinguishing features; i.e., name of banjo (Bacon), type of tailpiece. The more you can tell us about your banjo, the easier it will be for folks to help you.

I would suggest you post your questions and pictures on one of our forums, as they get more reads than the blogs. On the left hand side of the page click on forums and scroll down to the appropriate one (maybe Collector's Forum?) and post your questions and pictures there. Then check back for answers.

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