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Help Identifying This Vintage Harmony?

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Jul 12, 2019 - 2:12:32 PM
2 posts since 7/12/2019

Any help identifying this and possibly telling me how much this is worth? Thanks. any help is welcome :)

Jul 12, 2019 - 3:46:11 PM

2222 posts since 3/30/2008

My crystal ball isn't working right now, ...wish I could see what you're talking about.

Jul 12, 2019 - 4:25:07 PM

beegee

USA

21325 posts since 7/6/2005

Ah, the Harmony Stealth model....

Jul 12, 2019 - 4:38:20 PM
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DH#52

USA

564 posts since 6/6/2007

Maybe something less sarcastic, like “Perhaps you could post some photos if you haven’t tried, but if you have tried, they haven’t appeared” might cause the new member here to feel a bit more welcome. Just sayin’


Steve

Edited by - DH#52 on 07/12/2019 16:38:58

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:50:14 AM

6097 posts since 8/28/2013

Welcome. I hope some of the earlier remarks didn't scare you off.

Photos are really the only way to identify what you have. I'd help you with that, but I've never posted any pictures myself and so I don't really know how.

Needed are pictures of the front, the back with and without any "resonator," a shot of the side, and close-ups of the peghead (where the little knobs are to tune it)front and back. Show the entire banjo in in at least one of the pictures. The more photos, the better.

Hopefully, someone else can walk you through the procedure and you can get the requested information about your banjo.

Jul 13, 2019 - 8:28:20 PM

10390 posts since 10/27/2006

There's a 1960s long neck Harmony in pretty good shape on eBay asking $199. I thought he might get it—pretty clean and obviously set up to be played.

Accepted $106.50 + $30 shipping.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Harmony-5-String-Banjo-Black-Steel-Folk-Music-/123756281923?hash=item1cd0730043%3Ag%3APKUAAOSwzsNczjid&nma=true&si=xAJ7%252FmB%252B840baI5qKD0jqumAe5I%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:36:41 AM

RB3

USA

532 posts since 4/12/2004

Without actually seeing a photograph of the instrument, I can safely say that I never ever thought that the words "Harmony banjo" and "vintage" would ever appear together in a sentence.

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:21:55 AM
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4528 posts since 3/22/2008

Hi Wayne -
I just suspected this go nowhere thread was going to get interesting!
"Vintage" Harmony banjos can be cool!
Check out one of my favorite tenor banjo photos of the young guys with the womens auxiliary.
Banjo Boy is playing a pre-war "vintage" Harmony!
And, Pearloid Rocks!!
John


Jul 15, 2019 - 9:03:11 AM

2 posts since 7/12/2019

Sorry. Don’t know why photos didn’t post in the original post. Any help?




 

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:18:51 AM
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rexhunt

USA

2633 posts since 10/11/2005

Harmony Resotone.  Bakelite body with a very narrow neck but a nice sound.  Probably worth $100 or so.

Rex

Jul 24, 2019 - 12:37:30 PM

4 posts since 12/13/2010

A local antique shop has the same model banjo, down to the same headstock markings. Played it a bit when I was there a couple weeks ago, and just called today to have them hold it for me. I'm looking forward to it being my office lunch-hour banjo.

Jul 24, 2019 - 12:49:02 PM

10390 posts since 10/27/2006

Lube those Waverly tuners before touching them! Same with those brackets.

If they are allowed to get dry, the threads turn to metal shavings right in your lap.

3-in-1 is good to start. for the tuners.

For the brackets, I put some WD-40 in a cup and use a Q-tip to transfer a small amount to the thread above the nut. It will wick down in 24 hours or so.

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:35:53 PM

52300 posts since 12/14/2005

Welcome to the HangOut.

Does not appear to be materially different from the ones I sold back in the 1970's.

Don't know if that's old enough to be "vintage".
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Question for 130,000 other OutHangers:

Is there a solid, agreed-upon definition of "vintage" as applied to musical instruments?

Jul 25, 2019 - 4:54:01 AM
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rexhunt

USA

2633 posts since 10/11/2005

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

Welcome to the HangOut.

Does not appear to be materially different from the ones I sold back in the 1970's.

Don't know if that's old enough to be "vintage".
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Question for 130,000 other OutHangers:

Is there a solid, agreed-upon definition of "vintage" as applied to musical instruments?


Mike,

It all depends - if you are 30 years old, it's not only vintage but antique.  If you are our age, it's just old cheeky

Rex

Jul 25, 2019 - 5:49:58 AM
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6097 posts since 8/28/2013

I don't think there's a solid, agreed-upon definition of "vintage" when it's applied to anything.

Jul 25, 2019 - 5:50:49 AM
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6097 posts since 8/28/2013

I don't think there's a solid, agreed-upon definition of "vintage" when it's applied to anything.

Jul 26, 2019 - 6:21:08 AM

rexhunt

USA

2633 posts since 10/11/2005

quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

I don't think there's a solid, agreed-upon definition of "vintage" when it's applied to anything.


Other than wine where it is simply the year of the harvest.

Rex

Jul 26, 2019 - 7:54:05 AM
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6097 posts since 8/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by rexhunt
quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

I don't think there's a solid, agreed-upon definition of "vintage" when it's applied to anything.


Other than wine where it is simply the year of the harvest.

Rex


Wine is, of course, where the term "vintage" originated, and I should have excluded it from my claim. Like so many other words, though , "vintage" has been applied to many other fields beside those containing grape vines, and that's probably where the trouble started. 

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