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Jul 12, 2018 - 11:52:41 AM
4 posts since 1/20/2010

I recently inherited an Alvarez "Whyte Eagle" banjo that has never been played since new. Not being a "banjo guy" I am trying to sell it myself. One prospective buyer has asked me if this banjo has 2 adjusting rods in the "Pot". Can someone please answer this question since I don't have the expertise or desire to disassemble the banjo myself. Thanks for any help you can provide!

Edited by - JArmst49 on 07/12/2018 11:55:20

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:31:31 PM
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533 posts since 2/26/2007

The Alvarez Whyte Eagle of the 1977 vintage had two coordinator rods connecting the neck to the banjo rim. I have attached three photos, one of the original banjo, one of the original rim, arch top tone ring and coordinator rods, and one of the banjo with an early 80's Sullivan tone ring and 3-ply rim. There are other photos of this banjo, as well as some of the literature in my Alvarez Album.

There are 4 knurled thumb screws around the outside where all the holes in the flange are. You should be able to remove these and then the resonator to look inside.

Let me know if you need any additional help.


Jul 12, 2018 - 9:15:26 PM

gtani7 Players Union Member

USA

585 posts since 3/22/2017

I don't know anything about White Eagles but I have owned a couple Alvarez's that are roughly same vintage, not as fancy. If you want to sell, you can contact Elderly in Lansing MI and Bedford Banjo Shop in PA about selling on consignment and what knd of photos/other info you'll need. The last time I emailed Elderly I remember something like 12-15 or more photos would be helpful to make their next steps proposal, with a good number of those taken with the resonator off (neck joint, bottom of rim, tonering, rim rods etc).

old classifieds: http://www.banjobuyer.com/make-archived/Alvarez/

I don't remember Elderly selling Alvarez's they may not be interested but BBS sells a steady stream of them.

Edited by - gtani7 on 07/12/2018 21:21:49

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