Hi Tom, can you provide a few additional pictures of the banjo at hand? Including the resonator back, the fhole metal contour, anything written on the stick/dowel inside.
The banjo is from the late twenties. Approx 1928 +/-. Company records dont exist, so only educated guesses are available; and that are agreed upon. It is suspected to be what is considered a model XX. These aren't cataloged models and are considered somewhat custom. Hope to see more. Value wise, the market is currently soft. A plausible retail sale should comfortably bring $2000-$2500. Most start higher on the ask.
Hi banjotrader will do, thanks
banjo trader I'm having a problem uploading photos,
I found more info on the sides of the rod from the neck to the tailpiece
one side stamped 25409 B&D SILVER BELL STYLE XX (same serial # as inside)
other side stamped SPECIAL
Another tip on photos; Take the banjo out of the case.
I cant tell from the photo. Is the fhole countour (the flange) engraved or simply gold plated with no engravings?
dont see any engravings, does look like its gold plated
The XX models tend to be slightly different from the standard models in some specific way. In this case, I cant tell you what that might be based on the pictures. Nonetheless, a very nice banjo
It seems that the banjo back in the days had light bulbs installed - like this:
These were first of all meant for keeping the calf skin head dry - however many liked having their banjo "illuminated".
Normally an appr. ½" hole for a power cable was drilled in the rim - however on yours a notch in both the rim and the vertical flange lip was cut - this does most likely reduce the value of the banjo rather much.
Normally the wire pointed to the ground - the "upwards" notches on yours could indicate that the banjo back in time was owned/played by a "lefty".
I´ve btw. never seen an indication of how many banjoists back then were killed due to poor cabling - LOL!
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