I'm picking this up today for a very reasonable price.
I know very little about Bacon and Days.
I posted in the collector's area, but thought I'd have more luck here in the 4 strung forum, as this is a plectrum.
My teacher Dave Marty just inherited one and his sure sounds good.
I know there are some B&D experts here. I just don't have the time for much research right now. Sure would appreciate some feedback.
Congrats! Love to hear it when you get a chance.
If you remove the resonator, you'll see a 5 digit serial # on the dowel stick. If you share that number here you'll find out what year it was made. Looks to be in good shape!
It's number #14452, from 1924.
Even with the old worn out strings on it, I can tell what all the fuss is about these banjos.
A B&D is a thing of joy forever. Congrats on a nice buy.
My friend, Carl Lunsford, just inherited one which will be his go to instrument for his gigs.. He's also a friend of Dave's since they both live and play in the Bay Area. You may not like the old narrow square frets but a refret will make playing much easier... Carl is about 84 yo so comfort in playing is a big deal...I get it ;). He's been playing professionally since he was 16.
Great find and you will love it I know.
I know about Carl Lunceford, he's on several records on my shelf. Actually, I just got Carl's email from my friend Ed Ivey. I've been thinking I should meet Carl while he's still around and see if he's up for some lessons, or advice in general.
I've seen old videos of Carl playing a silver bells with Turk Murphy.
If any of you speak with Carl, please say hello from Eddy Davis
I dunno if Carl played a Silverbell before, but I've known him since the early 70's and he was a big time Trujo man then... He still has a few but mostly plays an ordinary Ome until he got this BD...
Carl was the first man to give me lessons on tenor and it was using the McNeil method ...a book which I still have and it's torn, worn and taped up all over. I kinda doubt he'd be into giving lessons again since he's 84 yo but I'll ask him for you if you want. He'd teach me for an hour or so, then light up a doobie and get me wrecked...before I had to drive home...LOL God, I love that man ;)
When he was at McGoons and then at the Gold Dust with Pete Clute I'd go down and listen and watch on a regular basis...I miss those days.. My favorite CD is with him and Pete Clute on piano, called 'My Little Bimbo' and it's hard to find but very fun to listen too. Carl is one of two remaining musicians from the Turk Murphy band...
Eddy, sure I will say hi for you...
I thought this might be a Silverbell? I've also seen videos of him with a Trujo.
doesn't really matter though.
Would love to meet the guy.
I can see why you thought that but that is a Trujo...I can see the tone ring and the depth of the pot on that video... The tone ring on Trujos is very wide and prominent and the pots are deep. I used to play a Trujo tenor but as my arms and shoulders got stove up I can't reach around such a deep pot anymore... Carl is the same way.
Since you are in SF I'll write him and ask if he is open to meeting with you for a bit...I doubt he's gonna want to do lessons though.. I'll look up your given name and ask him.
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