Here's the before shot oye vay. This is a used 2002 Deering Maple Blossom.
I shipped it to the Deering factory for their platinum service which included a refret. They did an amazing job, thanks again Sam! I opted for the stainless frets, also had them install a new 5th string peg.
Whatever cleaning/polishing process they used on the flange did an amazing job it was pretty corroded. I did spring for a bunch of new parts, new J hooks and nuts, armrest, tension ring, and the more modern tailpiece.
Good choice with the stainless-steel frets; you'll be amazed at just how long they last.
'Setups' 3 hrs
'St. Anne’s Reel (TOTW)' 5 hrs
'Archtop Banjo on BHO' 8 hrs