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Feb 20, 2020 - 6:30:35 AM
5140 posts since 10/12/2009
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Check out this poor 1925 ball-bearing......neck, rim, and resonator completely hollowed out by termites!!

Nice set of hard to find hardware, however.

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:50:12 AM

2125 posts since 9/25/2006

Wow! I would have loved to have had that!

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:13:46 AM



1125 posts since 11/3/2016

That is crazy ! Wonder what the owners dwellings look like ?

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:14:34 AM

10520 posts since 6/2/2008

Originally posted by revellfa

Wow! I would have loved to have had that!

Really? The text says "Listing Ended." Doesn't necessarily mean sold.  If you really want it, no harm in contacting the seller.

Is the hardware worth $600 shipped?

Edited by - Old Hickory on 02/20/2020 07:15:40

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:39:51 AM
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Isn't there a guy here on the Hangout asking about just the ball bearings, (possibly the springs and washers also?) Might be worth making an offer on the hardware, if the seller can be contacted.

I don't think the hardware is worth $600.00   I'd maybe offer $200-$250.00 ? Surely the seller realizes that the wood parts are basically worthless, except as a "curiosity".

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:40:32 AM
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239 posts since 1/19/2008

It was purchased by a friend. Banjomike

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:42:51 AM

764 posts since 5/19/2018

Not the first time I have seen a banjo or a musical instrument decimated by insects, but certainly one of the worst examples I have seen. My Brother lives in the tropics and termites will get into and eat anything, and I mean anything that is wood. Be it the house, furniture or a unfortunate instrument that has contact with the floor.

For the parts, the asking price was not that out of line. And actually, believe it or not, the instrument potentially could be restored, though the cost to do so would far out weigh the current value of the instrument. I’ve seen insect damage restoration done to furniture in way worse shape than that banjo. The work is very time consuming, painfully laborious and expensive. Though when your dealing with things worth six figures, the economics work out. On a 1500 $ banjo, not so much.

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:10:09 AM
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6857 posts since 8/28/2013

If this had been a post-war Gibson, would the termites have found it just as tasty?

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:42:20 AM

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Feb 20, 2020 - 11:58:10 AM

2332 posts since 3/30/2008

I once bought a floor tom at a swapmeet. I didn't notice till I took it home that it rattled a bit & made a sound like a rain shaker when I moved it. Turns out it was completely hollowed out by termites & when I drilled a hole & emptied it out there was a pile of millions of tiny wood pellets left behind.

Feb 20, 2020 - 1:30:35 PM

1005 posts since 3/21/2013

that thing needs to go into deep, i never expected termites to eat a gibson

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:20:22 PM

93 posts since 12/9/2007

Originally posted by RioStat

Check out this poor 1925 ball-bearing......neck, rim, and resonator completely hollowed out by termites!!

Nice set of hard to find hardware, however.

Rest in pieces :(

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:43:22 PM

6857 posts since 8/28/2013

I've encountyered two pianos that were damaged by termites, one of which was a concert grand. It still had (barely) enough structure to be playable. The other, an old upright, was more air than wood and had to be junked.

I also have seen an ancient Buick with the wooden body framing full of termites.

Those fiendish bugs will chew whatever they can get their little teeth into, be it a Gibson banjo, a piano, an automobile, a priceless piece of furniture, or someone's mansion. It's no wonder Captain Ahab had his leg made from whale bone rather than wood.

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