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Vintage '20s- '30s Stromberg Voisinet Kay 11" Banjo Pot

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Apr 9, 2020 - 9:55:29 AM
65 posts since 2/16/2020

I'm still looking for a OT pot for my Stew-Mac 5-string neck. There is a pot on ebay that looks interesting. Described as Vintage '20s- '30s Stromberg Voisinet Kay 11" Banjo BODY Birds Eye. It appears to only have holes drilled for 12 hooks, which seems odd. All the pictures I could find of instruments fitting this description had more than 12 for sure. Any thoughts about this? Robert

Apr 9, 2020 - 11:18:36 AM

3029 posts since 5/29/2011

To be cheap instruments S-V and early Kay banjos were built pretty solid. With a round 1/4" brass rod ring they can sound pretty decent. The StewMac old time neck should fit with no problem. I have fitted a couple of these pots with Saga kit necks without alteration to the heel.
The twelve holes is a mystery, all I have ever seen had twenty brackets. And make sure the rim is 11" because I have seen a lot of them that were 10 7/8".

Apr 9, 2020 - 11:40:56 AM

7075 posts since 8/28/2013

If this is the listing I am thinking it is, it is definitely a Kay because it has the remains of the Kay neck adjuster. 

You will need a "tone hoop." for it. You will also probably need to plug the hole for the "coordinator rod."

I have seen Kay pots with 16 hooks, but not 12. That could occur on a smaller pot, though, such as a banjo-mandolin or banjo-uke.  That makes me wonder if the "11 inch" measurement is correct.

Edited by - G Edward Porgie on 04/09/2020 11:59:47

Apr 9, 2020 - 3:08:49 PM



21623 posts since 7/6/2005

Avoid the Kay pots made from pressed wood. I'm putting together a 5-string open back using an old May Bell pot. I have an old S-V tenor that I was going to use, but I have just about decided to keep as a tenor and learn to play it.

Apr 10, 2020 - 9:53:06 PM
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12563 posts since 8/30/2006

It's birdseye, get to re-purposing.

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