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.
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