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Jun 24, 2019 - 10:34:17 AM
3 posts since 6/24/2019

In desperate need of help regarding the type of mahogany used for my Deering Boston 5 string banjo. In the process of emigrating from the UK to the US, and the UK Cites office say I need to find out what type of mahogany is used in order to get the correct permit (the banjo is going in a shipping container with my guitars and personal belongings etc). I've emailed Deering but haven't heard back yet. For my guitars I emailed the manufacturers that made them and they said as the guitars were made pre Cites changes they wouldn't require a permit, when I queried that with the Cites office they said that this is untrue so I had to email them back and they gave me the specific woods used.

If anyone can shed some light on this it would be hugely appreciated, sorry for the long message.



Jun 24, 2019 - 11:17:43 AM

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22921 posts since 8/3/2003

Janet Deering is a member here, maybe she'll read your thread and reply to it on the Hangout.

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:37:19 AM

1134 posts since 8/10/2010

What year is your Boston? and the Serial number? I can call my Deering Rep and possibly get some more information for you.

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:40:18 AM
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1134 posts since 8/10/2010

I sent him an email. Ill let you know what i come up with.

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:42:15 AM

3 posts since 6/24/2019

Bubbysaar that would be amazing, thank you. The serial number is: 10522705 and I purchased it in 2005. There's a gap then F928 follows after the serial number but I'm not completely sure if it's part of the serial number or not.

Edited by - Hontus on 06/24/2019 11:43:50

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:19:30 PM

1134 posts since 8/10/2010

Hontus I spoke with my Rep. He says it looks like perhaps you had reached out to David Vega last week about this as well? If not i may have been somebody else. David is going to send you a response again if indeed that was you.  Perhaps the email did not get sent for some reason.   And if any of this is not valid i am going to give you his email to contact him directly. thank you and i hope this is of some help! and good luck with the move! If you have any more questions on this please give me a call at 570-326-2094 Robert M. Sides family music Ext:109. Best regards -Donny.

Edited by - Bubbysaar on 06/24/2019 12:20:29

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:53:35 PM

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Originally posted by Hontus

The serial number is: 10522705 and I purchased it in 2005. There's a gap then F928 follows after the serial number but I'm not completely sure if it's part of the serial number or not.

Deering serial number system: First two digits are month (October), last two digits before the break or hyphen or letter (depending on era built) are year (2005), intervening numbers are total number of this model built. So yours is the 5,227th Boston. The four characters (for years now  a letter and three numbers) following the break are a code matched to the neck. What, if anything, they mean, I don’t know. But it’s a way for an owner to know if the neck and labeled part go together.

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:19:08 AM

3 posts since 6/24/2019

Thank you for all your help, David from Deering emailed me the wood types used.

Thanks again,


Jun 26, 2019 - 7:26:54 AM
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Would it be possible for Deering to send you a letter stating that the mahogany used on the banjo is not CITES listed and they obtained it legally?  If you had that, you could put a copy in the case and show a copy to the customs person.

I send banjos to foreign countries from time to time and always include a letter, affidavit if you will, stating that nothing in the banjo is illegal. One is in the case, the other is sent to the customer in advance.

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