I recently got an unusual banjo I'm hoping someone can identify, and the hardware seems to give the best hints . It doesn't seem to be any American factory, according to Mandolin Brothers. It's a short-scale open back with a nine-inch maple pot and only sixteen brackets, and the neck is laminated walnut and maple. The friction tuners are plated brass, and washers on the front and back of the peghead are stamped DRGM 63957. I have found that this is a German design registry mark and most likely dates them to the mid- 1890's, The buttons are ebonized wood. The other hardware is also unique, but I'll wait for the pictures rather than try to describe. My camera's not here now so I'll add them later.
I know there's not much to go on, but I'm hoping somebody out there is familiar with turn-of-the-century German banjos. The only vintage German banjos I've seen online have been very ornate and from the 20's and 30'sAdd Comment
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