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Jul 16, 2019 - 11:07:06 AM
4 posts since 7/16/2019

Ok, so I’m not a banjo player (guitar, actually) but an old friend was one of a ‘60s act called The Living Dolls (search Living Dolls Carol and Claudia). They were each given a Gold plated Baldwin banjo by the Baldwin Co. while performing at the Greenbriar in 1967. I can’t find a picture of one that looks like them but the serial number of Carol’s is DT-1002-C and it is a four stringer. If you found the blog that shows their record album, Carol is the blond and is holding hers while Claudia sings. For all I know they might be the only two like them or there could be a million out there. Carol is thinking of selling hers. Any info is appreciated. Thanks.

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:41:20 PM

1433 posts since 6/2/2010

Looks like a style D. Probably more like them were made.

Here is an old catalog.

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:49:21 PM

4 posts since 7/16/2019

Thanks, Emil. I thought so too but the inlay in the fret closest to the body is different than any of the pictures I’ve seen. Do you know if they did that?

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:29:17 PM
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7205 posts since 9/29/2004

Hi, wolfledge...
Was the serial number written on a paper label stuck to the inside of the rim?

If so, the last letter was probably a G, not a C.

By the serial number you mentioned, the banjo would be a D model tenor with the truss rod's gearbox in the heel. 1002 makes it a pretty early Baldwin, so it should have gold plated parts with no engraving.

The picture is a  little fuzzy, but it looks like a standard D tenor to me, and 1967 would be the correct year for it. 67 was also the year when Baldwin gave a lot of promotional banjos away to professionals, so that fits, too.

Edited by - stanger on 07/16/2019 16:32:04

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:52:08 PM
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4 posts since 7/16/2019

Thanks so much, Mike! The serial number is stamped into the wood and admittedly is difficult to read. Carol didn’t know they gave away more than the two she and Claudia got so another piece of the puzzle falls into place. Anything else you might know, particularly the history of these pieces would be greatly appreciated. Carol called Claudia to see what the serial number of hers is. I will post when I find out. Just so everyone knows, and for fun, Carol became a concert pianist and professor of music at a western university. Claudia became an airline pilot and instructor for a major airline.

Jul 18, 2019 - 4:00:34 PM

481 posts since 1/30/2006

So if 1002 was given in 1967, that changes my Baldwin date perspective.
My D's serial number is DS-946-G, ("D" style, "S" = 5 string), which I have always thought to have a manufacture date of 1968.
So it appears that it was made in '67 - even though I bought it new in 1969. Also serial number 1002 must be one of the last D styles made with no engraving and before the serial number jump to 2000 and the move to Arkansas.

It is nice to have a year associated with this serial number as dating these early Baldwins has always been a "best guess".

Take it Easy ... MarK

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