Gennaro Iucci and his son Michael were instrument makers in New York. Although their instruments have languished in obscurity, they are still very well respected by the cognoscenti. Probably best known for the era in which their banjos had lion’s head peg heads, this example is praised more for its the quality of its tone, possibly due to Michael’s patented creation, the Bell Tone ring (Patent US1233881 - 1916/1917), which is present in this unique instrument. The large 12” rim has in place the “rolled” tone ring as do many of its contemporaries, but also included is young Michael’s invention, an adjustable 9” “spider” which operates independently against the head.
The banjo rim is maple, and devoid of decoration. The Iucci’s chose instead to concentrate on adornment of the octave mandolin neck, also of maple with a triple bound streamer under the ebony finger board and peg head overlay. The peg head is decorated with decorative designs including a modernistic fleur-de-lis, lyre and stylized branches, and of course, the name Iucci in flowery script. The fret board features large slotted diamonds in the style of the ‘20s and ‘30s. The tuning machines are encased in a chamber and covered with decorative metal plates, also an early 20th century affectation.
The neck is straight as an arrow with medium low action, and no visual wear to any of the frets. There is some evidence of finish wear on the back of the neck, almost solely limited to the area directly behind the 2nd fret, and there are only 2 very small areas of oxidation on the stretcher band.
$1495 in its original hard case
United States, Port Ludlow, WA, 98365
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Condition of Item(s):
Used - Excellent Condition
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