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May 24, 2020 - 2:02 PM
6 posts since 5/24/2020

Hello all, trying to get some info on a banjo my wife received (was her late grandfathers)
Appreciate any help and possible value.



May 24, 2020 - 2:45:42 PM

618 posts since 5/4/2014

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.

May 24, 2020 - 3:17:02 PM

6 posts since 5/24/2020

Hi banjotrader will do, thanks

May 24, 2020 - 3:30:21 PM

6 posts since 5/24/2020

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

May 24, 2020 - 3:39:06 PM

2204 posts since 4/7/2010

Another tip on photos; Take the banjo out of the case.

Bob Smakula

May 24, 2020 - 3:42:18 PM

6 posts since 5/24/2020

some more photos


May 24, 2020 - 3:46:28 PM

6 posts since 5/24/2020



May 24, 2020 - 3:53:04 PM

618 posts since 5/4/2014

I cant tell from the photo. Is the fhole countour (the flange) engraved or simply gold plated with no engravings?

May 24, 2020 - 3:58:16 PM

6 posts since 5/24/2020

dont see any engravings, does look like its gold plated

May 24, 2020 - 5:51:10 PM

618 posts since 5/4/2014

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

May 24, 2020 - 11:53:54 PM

Polle Flaunoe


5390 posts since 3/7/2006


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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