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Mar 13, 2018 - 5:15:33 PM



2 posts since 7/7/2015

A while back I purchased a Maybell Slingerland banjo from Reverb. After I got it, I cleaned it up and then tried to do some research to figure out what was original. Pics are included show a Bacon style tone ring and Oettinger tailpiece. Would those be original or add-ons?

Also, I've seen several prices for an Oettinger tailpiece. Would this particular tailpiece go for $300-$400? The banjo itself only cost $300.

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:39:27 PM

674 posts since 2/17/2005

That's Slingerland's donut ring - very similar to the one used by Washburn - it's definitely original. I've not seen Oettingers going for $400! but yours is probably after-market and worth at least $150...

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:21:09 PM
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2 posts since 7/7/2015

Thanks much for the info.

The $400 Oettingers I saw were here:

I'm way outside my comfort zone when it comes to valuing parts, but i figured there was a whole spectrum of parts, beginning with original to aftermarket to knockoff "styles."

Just curious: where would this model stand in the line of models Slingerland offered? With my limited understanding, they ranged more or less from student to parlor to performance, right?

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:38:42 PM


United Kingdom

1232 posts since 4/29/2012

I've got 2 very similar 5 strings. One has geared tuners and a backstrap. The other hasn't. So this banjo came in a least 2 grades. Can't see from your photos which this is.
Do you have a photo of the back with and without resonator and the back of the peghead ? Both are excellent banjos. Slingerland made fancier grades but IMHO these don't actually improve on the actual quality of the banjo as an instrument. They also, as you say, made LOTS of lower grade banjos. Both of mine have Presto tailpieces which look like they are original equipment. There was a post a few months ago with a Slingerland catalogue reprint showing Presto's. Can't remember if it also showed Oettingers. A search should find it.

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