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Very, very, old fretless minstral banjo

Thursday, March 4, 2021

I have a very old, fretless, open back, 5 string, banjo that I just had restored. I would like to know more about it and its history, if possible.  Can I post a picture? It has a Brazilian Mahogany veneer on the neck and the body.

Can someone tell me how to find out more about the banjo? My partner found it in the attic of a colonial home in Connecticut. He was roofing the house. He asked the owner about it and she gave it to him although he offered to buy it. The house had been in the family for generations and apparently, someone had once played the banjo.  I carried it around for 45 years after my partner died in an accident. He had scratched the neck where the frets would have been hoping to learn to play it. The restorer put a different ring on to hold the head but I have the original brass hoop that held the head. The bolts around the sides that hold the head have brass shaped like a shield behind each one. There are 14 bolts holding the head.

Hope you don't mind the long story. Can anyone tell me something about the banjo?

Thanks, Anita

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