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Apr 16, 2018 - 8:57:29 AM
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GVDB

USA

134 posts since 7/14/2015

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.




 

Apr 16, 2018 - 9:12:49 AM

3273 posts since 11/13/2005

Congrats! Love to hear it when you get a chance.

dc

Apr 17, 2018 - 11:06:52 AM

258 posts since 1/27/2014

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!

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:11:33 PM
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GVDB

USA

134 posts since 7/14/2015

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.

Apr 20, 2018 - 4:55:55 PM
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Omeboy

USA

1240 posts since 6/27/2013

A B&D is a thing of joy forever. Congrats on a nice buy.

Apr 24, 2018 - 8:16:02 AM

Dogface Players Union Member

USA

1500 posts since 12/13/2007

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.

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:04:26 PM

GVDB

USA

134 posts since 7/14/2015

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.

Apr 28, 2018 - 2:45:54 PM

1069 posts since 4/8/2009

If any of you speak with Carl, please say hello from Eddy Davis

Apr 28, 2018 - 9:37:06 PM

Dogface Players Union Member

USA

1500 posts since 12/13/2007

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...

Apr 29, 2018 - 12:54:54 PM

GVDB

USA

134 posts since 7/14/2015

I thought this might be a Silverbell? I've also seen videos of him with a Trujo.

youtube.com/watch?v=ZE3XEluz7f8

doesn't really matter though.

Would love to meet the guy.

Apr 29, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Dogface Players Union Member

USA

1500 posts since 12/13/2007

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.

Mark

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