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Jul 5, 2020 - 9:12:42 PM
2 posts since 7/5/2020

Does anyone recognize this headstock logo?


Edited by - wmack on 07/05/2020 22:11:53

Jul 5, 2020 - 9:33:06 PM

4652 posts since 5/9/2007


Jul 5, 2020 - 9:38:59 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


23805 posts since 6/25/2005


Jul 5, 2020 - 9:54:38 PM

148 posts since 10/8/2018

Mind readers need only respond! Lol

Jul 6, 2020 - 1:14:09 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)


23805 posts since 6/25/2005

Aha! That helps. Don’t know about the logo,but the peghead shape is Stromberg-Voisenet, which morphed into Kay in 1931. If you have the banjo, check for a big screw in the heel. That was another S-V and Kay standard. There also should be a curved zinc adjuster plate between the pot and the heel.

Jul 6, 2020 - 4:31:58 AM

2255 posts since 4/7/2010

The lyre logo is just a generic decoration that anyone could purchase from a Mother of Pearl supplier. As Bill said, the peghead shape indicates either Stronberg-Voisinette, or Kay.

Those 2 brands were (and Kay still is) entry level instruments. They can be repaired and adjusted to play and sound decent, but sometimes repair costs exceed the value of the instrument. Without seeing the banjo I can think of $600 worth of repair that the banjo might potentially need.

Bob Smakula

Jul 6, 2020 - 5:18:34 AM
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As a new member, please ignore some of the sarcasm posted. It's not the usual here, but does happen from time to time, and isn't meant to be offensive.

Bob Smakula has the correct response. Whether this is a Stromberg Voisinet or a Kay depends upon the presence or lack of a big screw in the neck heel and curved metal plate between the neck and the rim. If it doesn't have those two features, it's the earlier S-T; if it does, it's a Kay. However, there really isn't much difference in quality or playability, which is student grade.

The company made instruments for other jobbers and retailers, so it's pretty much impossible to give an exact brand name, but really only it's the actual maker that matters.

A few more pictures would be needed to establish any kind of value, although in any case, it's not high. Photos will, however, show just what repairs might be needed and whether those will cost more than this banjo will ever be worth.

Jul 6, 2020 - 5:39:09 PM

2 posts since 7/5/2020

Thanks for the replies, super helpful!

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