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Nov 20, 2019 - 5:53:49 AM
21 posts since 5/12/2012

Daughter in law comes up with this old tenor banjo given to her some time back. No brand name anywhere on it. Can anyone identify it? Seems like a quality instrument.




Nov 20, 2019 - 6:20:05 AM

1948 posts since 5/2/2012

Would guess that the neck was custom, given the terrier, the shamrock and the initial on the headstock. Closeups of the head, tailpiece, side shot of the rim, and the underside of the pot would help future posters.

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:26:56 AM
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2241 posts since 3/30/2008

The peghead looks like a design used by Harmony, c. 1920-30's.

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:48:22 AM

52806 posts since 12/14/2005

"I can't identify the peghead inlay... and your little doggie, too!"

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Nov 20, 2019 - 9:28:24 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

22531 posts since 6/25/2005

Agree with thisoldman that we need pix of the shell from the side and the back to have any chance of identification.

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:59:17 AM

markw51

USA

21 posts since 5/12/2012

OK thanks guys here are some more pics. The letters and numbers on the wood rod in the rim is RT1001




 

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:31:30 AM

jwold

USA

1135 posts since 7/21/2004

quote:
Originally posted by tdennis

The peghead looks like a design used by Harmony, c. 1920-30's.


Might just be a new fingerboard & peghead cover replacement for the original harmony neck.  I had one of these necks once and the fingerboard was falling off in chunks.

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:54:02 AM

markw51

USA

21 posts since 5/12/2012

I've also noticed the finish is soft. I can scratch it with a fingernail.

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:57:27 AM

2241 posts since 3/30/2008

Harmony made a series of tenors, c.1920-30's w/ the name "Supertone" on the fancier ones . Some, had no name, or various names on the peghead. The OP's banjo may be  one of these instruments.  (something is odd about the neck brace area.  Perhaps the neck was cobbled together .  The screw to the neck looks like someone's handywork)

Edited by - tdennis on 11/20/2019 11:02:47

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:17:49 PM
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6326 posts since 8/28/2013

The screw holding the neck was probably just something the owner added when he couldn't figure out how to re-install the original hardware, which does appear to be ther, but installed upside down. I'd guess it's the original neck, but with added inlays or a new fretboard. The rest looks like a Harmony product.

Nov 20, 2019 - 5:14:29 PM

275 posts since 5/29/2015

I might add that someone did a very nice job on the new and original headstock overlay and fingerboard and then botched the neck attachment hardware.

Nov 20, 2019 - 5:57:37 PM

RevD

USA

43 posts since 4/8/2019

Pot looks much like the Harmony tenor's I was eyeballing. At least the little marquetry in the rim or a decal or perfling or whatever they used.

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:40:37 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

22531 posts since 6/25/2005

The resonator looks like Harmony to me.

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