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May 15, 2020 - 8:47:11 AM
882 posts since 3/14/2003

Can someone identify the brand and quality of this tailpiece? It came from an early 1950s RB-100.
Thanks in advance,
clay


May 15, 2020 - 9:09:10 AM

122 posts since 11/29/2012

Elton...some hate em, some like em...I have one on my '63 RB-170, does the job...Mine was missing a screw too for about a decade, and someone gave me one from BHO when I ask about replacing it two years ago. Cheers!

May 15, 2020 - 9:42:46 AM
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RioStat

USA

5214 posts since 10/12/2009

These were a topic of discussion, a couple weeks ago, on the Hangout........

It's actually a Kluson (I always thought they were Eltons).

See the attached link, scroll down to Bob Smakulas post...

https://www.banjohangout.org/topic/363160

May 15, 2020 - 10:23 AM
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3139 posts since 5/29/2011

These tailpieces are usually hated. I like them because they are really easy to string with ball end strings.


 

May 15, 2020 - 10:37:08 AM

882 posts since 3/14/2003

Thanks fellows!

May 15, 2020 - 11:00:34 AM

122 posts since 11/29/2012

Looks like the Kluson catalog shows a single screw adjuster...I mean, 99% of the folks on here have a deeper banjo history knowledge than I, but yeah, I always thought the one on the Gibson's, like my RB-170, were from Elton, 30s-early 70s or so. I'm here to learn and ever amazed at the minutaie with vintage instruments--ever important for dating them and determining originality. I'm always grateful for those with that knowledge! I've built vintage racing and touring bicycles up for 20 years, and we have the same types of discussions. Cheers All

Edited by - 35planar on 05/15/2020 11:03:27

May 15, 2020 - 4:41:37 PM

Brett

USA

2186 posts since 11/29/2005

I had one on a prewar conversion once, I thought it sounded fine, but was just kinda clunky looking. Kinda like something the soviets would have dreamed up. Or the clunky framus banjos. You know, functional but just kinda clunky looking.

May 15, 2020 - 5:00:35 PM
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RioStat

USA

5214 posts since 10/12/2009

quote:
Originally posted by 35planar

Looks like the Kluson catalog shows a single screw adjuster...I mean, 99% of the folks on here have a deeper banjo history knowledge than I, but yeah, I always thought the one on the Gibson's, like my RB-170, were from Elton, 30s-early 70s or so. I'm here to learn and ever amazed at the minutaie with vintage instruments--ever important for dating them and determining originality. I'm always grateful for those with that knowledge! I've built vintage racing and touring bicycles up for 20 years, and we have the same types of discussions. Cheers All


Not trying to argue......but you're not looking close enough.....the link i provided (above)........Bob Smakula's post.......tailpiece in the center photo......the Kluson 82

I also thought, for years, that they were Eltons, but they're not

May 16, 2020 - 4:18:11 AM

2204 posts since 4/7/2010

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