Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @7:11:35 AM
This is Lange's Paramount rim construction introduced in 1921 under patent 1,348,652 filed: April 30, 1919, Patented: Aug 3, 1920
It is NOT an Orpheum pot. Orpheum banjos made into the 1930's maintained the earlier staples over the rim construction. This is a Paramount rim, not an Orpheum.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @11:25:25 AM
Oh it most definitely IS an Orpheum pot, and the banjo is an ALL original Orpheum #3 five string, marquetry, inlays and underlays all matching, all original hardware, with original case...it is a beaut. Patent number on the rim, right by the Rettburg & Lange Orpheum label is 724833 issued to W.B. Farmer (?) in 1903. If you could examine this banjo you would see that it is without a doubt an all original Orpheum #3, pot and all...might be time for a little more research...
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @11:26:15 AM
There very few absolutes when dealing with vintage banjos...
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @11:32:41 AM
Take a look at the 2 new photos I posted...very strange indeed...looks like an Orpheum #3 to me...
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @11:42:11 AM
...because it is...
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @11:42:27 AM
Inspired by Burma shave...
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