Here's a good deal on a late 60's Gibson TB 250..at the 12th Fret in Toronto, Ontario Canada.
$1450 Can is around $1100 US. Get a neck made and for around $2000 you have a nice bowtie ready to go!!
Thanks for the link to the 12th fret. Got a question about this from the ad if anyone can answer:
"Here we have a Gibson TB250 Mastertone Tenor Banjo, built during 1969 at the historic Parsons Street shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
This model was built from 1994 to 1996, and models from 1960 on bear the Mastertone name."
Sounds like it's from the 60's, but although the title said "1969 tenor" - - the ad also says that "this model
was built from '94 to '96". So - - is it from 1969, or from 1994 to 1996? The wording in the ad has me a mite confused.
Granted, the wording of the ad is a little vague but the instrument is listed on Banjophiles as a 1969 model. Most 250's had fiddle shaped pegheads and ebony fingerboards by then.
The ad also mentions the non-original Baker tailpiece. The original was likely a Waverly.
Many 250s in the 1960s came from the factory with "Baker" (stamped American Screw Machine on the underside) tailpieces. It very well could be original.
I guess it would have the thin multiply rim wouldn't it?