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For Sale: Ode Style Custom Tailpiece

Posted By: Duke of Pearl (+3) | Rate Member
 Member 10+ Years  Verified Seller  Returns allowed with money back refund

$250 USD

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Made from very expensive beryllium copper and closely patterned from an early Ode tailpiece, but with the addition of side notches which would hold it to the top of the tension hoop. It was originally on a "Wedding Bells" banjo made in 1972 for a Las Vegas player, Ernie Hawkins, but was later replaced with a similarly engraved 4-hump. Hand engraved by Leonardo Garcia (Fullerton, CA, who did most of everyone's banjo engraving in those early west coast luthier years) and heavily gold plated. 3" x 1 5/8" x 1 3/8", weight 4.4 ounces.

More than you need to know:
This is one of less than a dozen which I had specially cast in the late 1960's, while building instruments as Erika Banjos in Van Nuys, CA, up until 1979. While experimenting with tone ring alloys, the old Los Angeles foundry I was working with suggested using beryllium coppers. Why? Along with better workability, as noted at the bottom of this web page ( "Musical Instruments: Beryllium copper is used in the production of percussion musical instruments, which produce consistent tones with exceptionally clear resonance." Not a bad metal to be in contact with the strings!


United States, Grass Valley, CA, 95945


Includes USPS 1st Class within the US.

Payment Methods:

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

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.

Additional return policy details: Must have all the parts and be in original condition as shipped.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Excellent Condition


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