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Mar 14, 2018 - 5:29:01 AM
4319 posts since 3/22/2008

Here is ebay Whyte Laydie #7 Serial Number 24499.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Fairbanks-Whyte-Laydie-7-Banjo/132536003289?hash=item1edbc2ead9:g:1BIAAOSwheFapuWQ

No one has mentioned it? (or I missed the thread)

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:55:44 AM

454 posts since 7/30/2012

My jaw is on the floor - what a gorgeous banjo, and what great pictures on top of that!
What particularly gets me is how the backstrap is so perfectly aligned with the center strip, it is just too beautiful. The engraving is gorgeous, the carving is wonderful, phew! What a good looking instrument!

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:03:09 AM

11104 posts since 10/30/2008

I seem to remember this banjo a couple of months ago, at a higher price.

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:32:32 AM

4319 posts since 3/22/2008

I find it interesting that during this era F/V was making a wood rim/tone ring banjo like the subject Whyte Laydie while at the same time was making spun rim banjos such as my tenor 27531 and my mandolin banjo 24988. Interesting that the company would use both rim construction styles simultaneously?


Mar 14, 2018 - 8:42:17 AM

4020 posts since 9/21/2007

It was different price points.

At one time, it seems, the clad rim was fairly easy to make. At least people were able to make them in one man shops located in sheds behind their house (Fred Van Eps, Alfred Weaver, early Stewarts, Jimmy Clarke, etc.).

Clad rims continued to be the default low price rim well into the 1920s (not that Regents were "low priced" as they are fine banjos).

Seems that formula for making clad rims has been lost.

You never want to lose a sale due to price point.

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:41:16 AM

1314 posts since 6/2/2010

That sure is a pretty banjo. Can I get a 30 year mortgage on it?

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:52:25 AM

168 posts since 5/29/2015

...and the style of the 5th string bump on the case is unusual (at least to me)

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:09:18 AM
like this

1509 posts since 4/7/2010

When you are done drooling on the ebay NO 7, make sure you check out the one listed here in the Banjo Hangout classifieds. https://www.banjohangout.org/classified/68359

The engraving is from the bold late Consalvi period and very striking. If you are a big person the 11-7/8" rim and 28" string length won't bother you.

I have no connection to the seller, but thought the Whyte Laydie NO 7 fans would like seeing and comparing the two. If I can find time, I will add my 1903 and 1923 NO 7's to the discussion.

 

Bob Smakula

smakula.com

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 03/14/2018 11:10:20

Mar 14, 2018 - 12:39:19 PM

759 posts since 12/8/2006

And I'll add my 1902 #7 when I find the time. I can't seem to find a lot since I retired. Paul

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:29:10 PM

8112 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula

When you are done drooling on the ebay NO 7, make sure you check out the one listed here in the Banjo Hangout classifieds. https://www.banjohangout.org/classified/68359

The engraving is from the bold late Consalvi period and very striking. If you are a big person the 11-7/8" rim and 28" string length won't bother you.

I have no connection to the seller, but thought the Whyte Laydie NO 7 fans would like seeing and comparing the two. If I can find time, I will add my 1903 and 1923 NO 7's to the discussion.

 

Bob Smakula

smakula.com


I think that is Joe Deetz's banjo, and if so, I can guarantee that it is a real jewel, as are all of his banjos that I have seen!

 

Does the OP banjo appear to have Consalvi engraving?  My guess is o, but sometime it is hard to tell when the photo is too close and too sharp that it almost picks up too much detail (if that makes any sense).  Yes or no, it is a gorgeous and desirable banjo!

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:45:48 PM

1509 posts since 4/7/2010

The NO 7 on eBay is not Consalvi engraved. But I agree it is a gorgeous banjo.

 

Bob Smakula

smakula.com

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:53:37 PM

8112 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula

The NO 7 on eBay is not Consalvi engraved. But I agree it is a gorgeous banjo.

 

Bob Smakula

smakula.com


Thanks Bob!

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:32:20 AM

skip sail

Australia

1549 posts since 2/24/2008

I've still got mine,beautiful banjo.banjohangout.org/forum/attachm...ID=141627


 

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