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For Sale: Reproduction, old-style banjo tailpieces

Posted By: Mark Ralston (+8) | Rate Member
 Member 10+ Years  Verified Seller  Players Union Member  Returns allowed with money back refund

$30 USD

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MODEL A - 0.050" brass, chemically tarnished. Copied from a tailpiece on an English banjo made by J. E. Dallas, similar in shape to some Dobson tailpieces but larger and stronger metal. Attaches with a bolt like "No-Knot". Sanded & smoothed to be compatible w/ Nylgut strings. $30 (includes shipping to lower 48).

MODEL B tailpiece. Ebonized hardwood riveted to patinated nickel-siilvercopper, similar to Bruno TP 150 & Sonntag TP 125. Repro on left, original on right. $35 (includes shipping to lower 48). Armored w/ brass rod through the wood in front of the string holes, will tolerate steel strings.

MODEL C - Ebonized hardwood w/ MOP star. Overall design copied from a couple of vintage tailpieces. Attaches with gut or cord (see photo). Suitable for Nylgut or gut strings, not suitable for steel strings. $35 (includes shipping to lower 48).

MODEL D - Bone riveted to copper (similar gage to the thin Dobson tailpiece metal). String holes are reinforced w/ brass tubes, so these tailpieces are suitable for metal strings. All are slightly different, so please pick an individual Model D from the photos on my home page. $30 (includes shipping to lower 48).

MODEL E - Ebonized hardwood. Design copied from a ~1890 Bruno No. 6 tailpiece. Attaches with gut or wire, supplied with ~3" tarnished copper pigtails. Suitable for Nylgut or gut strings. $25 (includes shipping to lower 48)

Satisfaction guaranteed. If not satisfied for any reason, return for full refund (minus shipping).

MODEL F - repro of Fairbanks and other bone or ivory tailpieces, see separate listing.

Model G - Ebonized hardwood, 37 mm x 50 mm x 6.5 mm. Tinted MOP and brass wire inlay. Attaches with gut or wire (3” wire pigtail supplied). Suitable for nylon or gut strings. $45.

MODEL H - Replica of S. S. Stewart "Common Sense" tailpiece. Bronze/stainless steel base, ivoroid rosette. Original (on right) is nickel plated brass with walrus ivory rosette. Reproduction is pretty close to the original, metal base is slightly heavier. I carve the rosettes from vintage ivoroid bathroom accessories (hairbrushes, etc.) and they vary slightly in appearance. The base is slightly smoothed and impregnated with lacquer to prevent oxidation. Base + rosette = $65, base only = $45, rosette = $25. Base comes with a machine bolt similar to the original (not shown). Prices include shipping to lower 48.

MODEL I - Copied from a Dobson tailpiece but made from thicker (0.040") metal "nickel silver" (see and the star is reduced in size to strengthen the tailpiece for use w/ metal strings. Attaches with a bolt like "No-Knot". Hand-cut, sanded & smoothed to be compatible w/ Nylgut, gut, or metal strings. $30 (includes shipping to lower 48).

TALON - Reproduction of vintage Talon 5-string banjo tailpiece. 0.09" bronze & #420 stainless steel, patinated w/ potassium sulfide..... considerably harder than the originals.. Top surface is 1 3/8" wide by 1 1/4" long. $65, plus $5 shipping in lower 48 states. Also available without patination.


United States, Centre Hall, PA, 16828


free to lower 48 states.

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

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See pricing for the different tailpieces.

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Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 14 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.

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