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SOLD For Sale or Trade: SOLD: ON HOLD PP - HC Nelson Banjo - 12" Rim, 27.75" Scale Length

Posted By: kylevanmeter (+2) | Rate Member
 Member 5+ Years  Verified Seller  Returns allowed with money back refund

$500 USD

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This is a Chicago made HC Nelson. The Scale Length is approximately 27 3/4" with a hefty 12" diameter rim. The head is a Jeff Menzies medium thickness goat hide.

All of the HC Nelson banjos I have encountered feature JB Schall made rims and hardware, so you can expect a tight heavy rim with a rather snappy response. This one has most of the original closed end nuts with some replacements. Unfortunately the original tension hoop was missing, but a replacement brass tension hoop is cleanly fitted to the banjo and is of the same dimensions and style as the original.

The banjo had a minor cleaning recently, but all of the original play wear, neck finish, and patina is completely unaltered.

I have Labella #17 strings mounted with a 1/2" hard maple bridge, and the banjo plays wonderfully with this setup. The neck is dead straight, and the action is perfectly period appropriate.

You can find a link below for a video sound sample of the banjo:

For trades, I’m currently on the hunt for a George Dobson professional model, a ‘73 patent HC Dobson, or any EC or Chas. Dobson banjos. I also tend to like old NY jobber banjos with any interesting build characteristics, lol!


United States, Liberty Twp, OH, 45011


Shipping approx. $75 USPS

Payment Methods:

Check/Money Order, Cash (in person), Paypal

Payment Option Notes:

I use most of the cash exchange apps, please let me know if there is a specific payment method you prefer.

Return Policy:

Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Good Condition

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