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
How nice to make such a discovery!
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. ;)
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.
And they sound good too! Heres mine with an original Kalamazoo 5 string neck on it.
Looks good Scott.......
Sweet banjo! Great for both Scruggs and claw hammer/old time styles of playing! Enjoy! I'm just ever so slightly jealous!
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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