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Jun 1, 2020 - 12:34:36 PM
1626 posts since 2/12/2009

well, it turned up at my house looking for a home, it is all complete except for the usual missing tailpiece and bridge, ser # is 35787. I know nothing about this particular model I have put a set of Clifford Essex light gauge nylon strings on and a no knot I had lying around and it sings very well with a two footed CE bridge, it has an old hide head which I am slightly wary of over tightening , I dont think it has a tone hoop, can't see so, I am thinking of trying a top frosted remo to brighten things up a little. so far however it is a lot of fun and sounds surprisingly good as is .

Jun 1, 2020 - 12:42:39 PM
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54842 posts since 12/14/2005

Turned up??
that's sort of scant on details....

Was it left on the doorstep in a basket?
Did a jolly old fellow slide it down the chimney, half a year early?
Did you wish upon a duck?
Did the nanny bring it?

At your earliest convenience, photos and a sound file, please.

Jun 1, 2020 - 12:49:25 PM

1626 posts since 2/12/2009

Ho Ho Ho ! well as I posted here a week or so back, it came to a friend of mine by some means I am unsure of and has now been passed my way , I can neither post pics or sound files without help because I am a bit of a dimwit with computers so, after lockdown and, with a better tailpiece installed I shall do just as you ask.

Jun 1, 2020 - 1:24:47 PM

5315 posts since 9/21/2007

Yes to the top frosted!

Jun 1, 2020 - 1:33:29 PM

1626 posts since 2/12/2009

thanks Joel, I dont think the old head can be brought up to tension enough for a sharp snappy sound, probably be great for a claw hammer player though.

Jun 1, 2020 - 5:25:18 PM

1585 posts since 6/2/2010

I am pretty sure the #2 specials had a tone hoop. You will find out for sure when you replace the head.

Jun 2, 2020 - 6:11:28 AM

471 posts since 6/2/2011

Before you change the hide head because it might fail, try to bring up the tension slowly if it fails then you can change to the frosted top head. I don’t know if you could rejuvenate the old heads or not. Maybe we can hear from someone who knows. I don’t have a lot of experience with hide and seek. I am about to get a banjo with an old Hyde head on it so I would be interested to know that information too.

Jun 2, 2020 - 6:48:27 AM

1626 posts since 2/12/2009

I just hope I can buy a Remo head to fit, it seems to be a smidge over 10 3/4" near as I can measure it .

Jun 2, 2020 - 6:58:32 AM

1171 posts since 2/4/2013

Originally posted by spoonfed

I just hope I can buy a Remo head to fit, it seems to be a smidge over 10 3/4" near as I can measure it .

Brown Dog Banjos claim to have heads with measurements down to 16ths of an inch so, assuming they actually have them, it's the most likely UK source for wierd sizes.

Jun 2, 2020 - 7:08:31 AM

1626 posts since 2/12/2009

thank you Graham, he was going to be my first port of call as he is only a few miles from my house, unfortunately both Bob and his wife are under lockdown due to health issues so, I guess that it will have to wait .

Jun 2, 2020 - 7:53:07 AM

36 posts since 2/4/2010

A No.2 Special F-V with serial number # 35787 was sold on ebay 7/2015 out of Sierra Madre, Ca. Sounds like this one is a world traveler.

Jun 2, 2020 - 8:17:40 AM

1626 posts since 2/12/2009

wow ! how do you know Jim ? these old jo's certainly get around !

Jun 3, 2020 - 7:05:54 AM
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1626 posts since 2/12/2009

update ! I stripped her down for a decent clean up today, this does indeed have a simple steel hoop that sits in a rebate on the outer edge of the rim, it looks very like the hoop that sits atop of the electric tone ring, peghead overlay is cracking as is the heel cap, both superficial though, not able to go out and buy a Remo head during this time so, I cleaned everything thoroughly and applied a little beeswax before putting the hide head back, it was fairly easy to get it up to an acceptable tension for my taste (tight !) I put a Colby Van Eps style TP on and a set of LaBella 17s. I have heard conflicting ideas regarding these strings but, for what I intend to use this banjo for they are quite simply fantastic ! this is going to be a lot of fun to play, it weighs almost nothing not having a tone ring like my other banjos so, I see this as a great knocking around outdoors instrument for carting about in a padded gigbag . I am very pleased with this little banjo and, boy is it ever loud !

Jun 3, 2020 - 9:48:07 AM

11 posts since 7/23/2014

Hi @spoonfed,

If you have a chance could you post an audio file of what the banjo sounds like? I haven't been able to find any sound samples of the #2 Special.

Thank you.

Jun 3, 2020 - 10:36:16 AM

1626 posts since 2/12/2009

Hi Lorne, I am not too computer savvy and, tend to rely on my friend for posting sound or pics, I will see if we can get together this next week and, if at all possible I will certainly post a soundclip, maybe even a video.

Jun 3, 2020 - 10:54 AM

11 posts since 7/23/2014

Thanks Nick! And no worries if you can't. Everytime I search for a sound file of the #2 Special the only thing that turns up are the WL #2.

Thanks again.

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