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Dec 6, 2018 - 1:07:07 PM
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4636 posts since 10/12/2009

I just picked up this Kalamazoo tenor, which looks like someone bought it back in the '30's, put it in the case, shoved it into a closet, and never touched it again until about a month ago.

Not a single scratch on the resonator, neck, or headstock. Finish looks "old" but not crazed, checked, or anything, Skin head looks old and slightly  "age dis-colored", but is nice and solid.

Resonator has a real nice grain pattern to it, with some "birds-eye" spots scattered around. Hard to get good photos of the resonator.......

Frets and fingerboard look un-touched. "Cloud" tailpiece cover is missing.

The only weird thing is the hooks and tension hoop ..... every single hook is actually  rusted badly, and have left rust stains on the tension hoop. 

The Mastertone-style nuts are perfect. I've got a couple sets of clean, pre-war flat hooks from TB-1's, so I'll probably replace the hooks. I'll probably also replace the thin, light-weight, beveled, E2 tension hoop, with a heavier, grooved E2 hoop I got laying around.

Never had a Kalamazoo before.....not sure what I'm going to do with it........wish it was an original 5 string KRB !






Edited by - RioStat on 12/06/2018 13:08:22

Dec 6, 2018 - 1:49:34 PM
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11342 posts since 10/30/2008

How nice to make such a discovery!

Dec 6, 2018 - 2:04:10 PM
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3687 posts since 5/1/2003

WHATEVER YOU DO DON'T CUT THE RIM!!! DON'T PLAY IT OR ENJOY ITS SOUND JUST PUT IT BACK IN THE CLOSET!
Nice one! Just had to kid ya a little. ;)

Dec 6, 2018 - 2:40:26 PM
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beegee

USA

20968 posts since 7/6/2005

I have one of those, but it is kinda ragged. I'm making a short-scale neck for it to make it where my grandson can play it.

Dec 6, 2018 - 2:43:43 PM
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214 posts since 4/2/2009

And they sound good too! Heres mine with an original Kalamazoo 5 string neck on it.
youtube.com/watch?time_continu...sTFjL2C2U

Dec 6, 2018 - 3:42:21 PM
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RioStat

USA

4636 posts since 10/12/2009

quote:
Originally posted by bulldog bob

And they sound good too! Heres mine with an original Kalamazoo 5 string neck on it.
youtube.com/watch?time_continu...sTFjL2C2U


That thing does sound good, B-dog!

Dec 6, 2018 - 7:47:48 PM
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HarleyQ

USA

2856 posts since 1/31/2005

Looks good Scott.......

Dec 7, 2018 - 6:40:34 AM
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Beardog

USA

1638 posts since 8/20/2008

Sweet banjo! Great for both Scruggs and claw hammer/old time styles of playing! Enjoy! I'm just ever so slightly jealous!

Dec 7, 2018 - 6:54:46 AM
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1905 posts since 2/16/2017

I really like the burst on that reso and the way they carried it through to the front of the peghead. That’s a cool looking banjo.

Congrats on your latest!

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