Bill Rogers (Moderator)
Round up the usual suspects. Buckbee...Rettberg and Lange...Oscar Schmidt...
I'd guess Rettberg and Lange.
I paid $38 (+ shipping) via ebay for one identical to yours, 38 lugs, 2 stars and 2 elongated diamonds and dot inlays on the headstock/neck. It took some work to get it to fit together right and it's still a little skewed but it sounds extra sweet, especially higher notes up the neck. It was somewhat rough and in pieces when I got it but was worth the effort and a fun project. I put on friction tuners from an old Vega and utilize a small wood screw for a 5th string nut. Funky at best, but I love the tone and play it every day. Sure looks like an old Supertone to me and made by ??
Better pictures including details will help narrow down the manufacturer. A shot of the heel profile including the hardware on the rim tells me a lot. Different manufacturers used proprietary neck attachment brackets on the dowelstick. And with this one looking like a Supertone, look for the ghost of a paper label about 1" by 4" on the inside of the rim. The general opinion is Supertone banjos were manufactured by Rettberg & Lange
Thank you all very much. That helps a lot. I will effort to get it in playing condition for my own enjoyment.
Without better pictures difficult to say, but three questions. What is the width of the head, was it bought in the U.S. and how is the tailpiece anchored, it looks very similar to an early U.K. Temlett model.
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