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Headstock. 

Posted 1/3/2009 9:36:48 AM

It says "Orpheum" on the headstock but I have yet to find one with a metal plate logo like this. Mr. L.S. White at "Elderly" gave me this info: "This has a Kay / Old Kraftsman style headstock. It does appear to be possibly c. 1940." After searching around the 'net with this info I found some pics of banjos with this headstock shape but, honestly, they looked like they were junk. Crappy wood, cheesy unevenly/off center mounted tuning keys (mounted like an acoustic guitar's keys, too), sloppy nut work, et cetera. So the mystery may never be solved but it's mine now and I dig it. The other cool thing is the head has a stamp on the back that says "Germany. USSR Occupied." Pretty neat, huh?

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