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Stella tenor banjo

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

I was given a Stella 4 string banjo by my brother, who never played it (or any other stringed instrument).  It was very difficult to tune and would not stay in tune.  I installed a set of planetary tuners, and now it is easy to tune and will stay that way for quite a while.

The banjo has the decal on the headstock with the two theatrical masks and a heavy wooden resonator which is removable.


Is there any way to determine the age of the instrument?

Can it be played with or without the resonator and if so what's the difference?

Does it make a difference if the resonator is tight or loose?



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Playing Since: 1964
Experience Level: Intermediate


Occupation: Retired

Gender: Male
Age: 82

My Instruments:
Martin D12-28 12 string guitar
Madeira 6 string guitar
Stella tenor banjo

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Doc Watson
Earl Scruggs
John Fogerty
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Created 7/6/2022
Last Visit 7/7/2022

Worked 40+ years in the computer industry. Played for my own amusement for 50 years, ten years ago found a group to jam with once per week or so.

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