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May 22, 2020 - 12:08:26 PM

wsharp

USA

86 posts since 4/13/2010

I've been looking for a banjeaurine. For no other reason than it looks like something different and fun to try out and the short scale appeals to me. I've read all that I can find online and looked at some listed at different places, but I don't have real knowledge about value. Can you guys help me out and tell me if this one on Ebay is decent.

ebay.com/itm/SUPERB-ANTIQUE-LU...wz8xdbVfk

I've read some about most preferring the smaller head sized ones but any other info you have on that subject is appreciated.
I'd like to put peghead tuners on instead of old friction tuners. Let me know what you think of that idea as well. Thanks so much

May 22, 2020 - 4:35:39 PM

976 posts since 1/9/2012

S.S. Stewart invented the banjeaurine -- to serve as the violin of the banjo orchestra.  His initial ones had the big pot, just like that Luscomb.  Stewart ultimately made other sizes (popular demand?).  The accompanying add identifies the original big one as "Imperial," an 11" as "Solo," and a 10" as the "Banjo-Banjeaurine."

There are plenty of YouTubes.  The rest is personal preference.  Yes, shorter strings are harder to tune.




May 22, 2020 - 5:12:20 PM

55099 posts since 12/14/2005
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When you get back to Michigan, see what you can find at ELDERLY, also in Michigan.
Heck, you can check their website, even  from the Sahara.

https://www.elderly.com/

(And I'm not just suggesting them because they named their store after my knee joints.)

May 22, 2020 - 5:26:14 PM

1221 posts since 2/9/2007

FYI a lot of the recently made short-scaled "travel" banjos (11" rims, ~19" scales) could just as easily be called banjeaurines. Not as cool looking as the old ones, but a whole lot cheaper....

May 23, 2020 - 5:49:56 AM

780 posts since 6/25/2006

I have an SS Stewart Imperial banjeaurine. It has a whopping head (almost 13") - I think the size of the head contributes to the sound.  I use nylon strings sourced from Clifford Essex UK http://www.cliffordessex.net/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=32

It is tuned a 4th higher so GDGBD would be CGCEG.  Originally, they would play lead parts in a banjo orchestra (see here for some examples: http://forgottenwisdom.org/banjoorchestra/music.html

I have use mine fingerstyle to play classic-style banjo tunes:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svEqXrLs2ZA

Difficult to say about price - they don't come up for sale that often.  I have seen them for sale (rarely) in Uk for £650-850 (the SS Stewart Imperials are the upper price range).

Edited by - hobogal on 05/23/2020 05:53:03

May 23, 2020 - 9:50:18 AM
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hoodoo

Canada

726 posts since 10/6/2017

quote:
Originally posted by hobogal

I have an SS Stewart Imperial banjeaurine. It has a whopping head (almost 13") - I think the size of the head contributes to the sound.  I use nylon strings sourced from Clifford Essex UK http://www.cliffordessex.net/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=32

It is tuned a 4th higher so GDGBD would be CGCEG.  Originally, they would play lead parts in a banjo orchestra (see here for some examples: http://forgottenwisdom.org/banjoorchestra/music.html

I have use mine fingerstyle to play classic-style banjo tunes:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svEqXrLs2ZA

Difficult to say about price - they don't come up for sale that often.  I have seen them for sale (rarely) in Uk for £650-850 (the SS Stewart Imperials are the upper price range).

 


Great Pink Lemonade BTW

May 23, 2020 - 3:03:28 PM

22 posts since 2/26/2017

May 24, 2020 - 10:23:20 AM

wsharp

USA

86 posts since 4/13/2010

Thanks everyone who has responded. I gleaned a little bit of information from every post.

May 24, 2020 - 3:23:13 PM
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Helix

USA

12726 posts since 8/30/2006

wsharp Hi wendy. I think the one for $995 is too expensive for an antique. The challenge is yours to pursue. They all have the extra fingerboard out over the head. Keep looking, it might be possible to get someone to build you one.

I had an SS Stewart mando banjo neck that was indestructible and still playable.

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