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Unknown maker, 20's 30's vintage. Please help identify. listed as unknown

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Aug 1, 2020 - 2:50:18 PM
8 posts since 12/9/2019

Listed as unknown in classifieds, has been tentatively identified by members of BanjoHangout as early Lyons and Healy, Deering, Slingerlands . Possibly made by one of these company s for Sears and Roebuck catalog sales. Full description in ad.
newly posted e-mail address for questions and requests for more photos.
    Marketplace - Unknown (restored)
e-mail mikeyo009@yahoo.com.

Edited by - Mike09 on 08/04/2020 15:23:56

Aug 1, 2020 - 2:57:59 PM

1221 posts since 2/9/2007

I see no photos on your page or in the ad.

Aug 1, 2020 - 3:06:31 PM

1221 posts since 2/9/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Dan Gellert

I see no photos on your page or in the ad.


Hmm... I'm not seeing anyone's photos.  maybe the site is acting goofy.

Aug 1, 2020 - 3:29:18 PM

146 posts since 5/16/2016

quote:
Originally posted by Dan Gellert
quote:
Originally posted by Dan Gellert

I see no photos on your page or in the ad.


Hmm... I'm not seeing anyone's photos.  maybe the site is acting goofy.


Not seeing them either.

Aug 1, 2020 - 5:29:34 PM

8 posts since 12/9/2019

Marketplace unknown:restored
there should be 5 photos
sorry folks,new to this1

Aug 2, 2020 - 8:00:37 AM

1221 posts since 2/9/2007

My first guess would be a Sears-sold Supertone made by Rettberg & Lange.

Nothing wrong with those, but unfortunately, tenor banjos of that vintage (except for top pro-grade instruments) are of very little interest to either players or collectors. You should not expect to get even one fourth of what you are asking for it.

Aug 2, 2020 - 8:07:56 AM

3196 posts since 5/29/2011

My first guess would be Lyon & Healy because of the peghead shape and inlay, the rim size, and the 20 brackets. But I am not as knowledgeable of tenor banjos as some others are.

Aug 2, 2020 - 1:51:22 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23805 posts since 6/25/2005

Slingerland is also a possibility, but I agree with Dan aout potential value.

Aug 2, 2020 - 7:38:08 PM
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7414 posts since 8/28/2013

It doesn't look like a Slingerland to me. The pegheads on Slingerlansds are not so long. I'd guess Lyon & Healy.

It also appears to have missing parts, one of which is the very important neck hardware. It also doesn't appear to have a tension hoop, but that could just be because it doesn't show in the low-resolution pictures. There's not much value in a student grade tenor banjo with missing pieces.

Aug 2, 2020 - 8:52:47 PM

2418 posts since 3/30/2008

This strikes me as a very nice upper level intermediate instrument, w/ a bound fretboard & moderately fancy inlays. (I see a tension hoop, A complete neck brace, 20 lugs, & no missing parts ??)
Any tenor player would give this some consideration, however the $$ is way out of place.

Aug 3, 2020 - 3:35:02 AM

8 posts since 12/9/2019

Thank you all for your input, any and all info is appreciated. And thank you @dangellert, the site you recommended displayed a banjo that most closely resembles my "unknown".
1919 Orpheum banjo No. 1 17-fret banjo
However I am still searching and hoping someone will come up with an identical match.

Aug 3, 2020 - 9:24:28 AM

7414 posts since 8/28/2013

This, in my opinion, isn't even close to resembling any Orpheum banjo.

Maybe I'm seeing the wrong photos, but I do not see any neck attachment hardware, and the tension hoop still appears to be gone.

The neck is bound, but to me, that's not a very good sign of "higher quality." Many companies tried to make a mediocre banjo look like a nicer model, and binding and inlays could do that.

One other problem I see is that the binding has been forced outward because the neck wood has shrunken but the frets haven't. That would be yet another negative in the eyes of potential buyers. That binding will need to be removed, the fret ends filed, and new binding installed. It's not a job for the timid.

Aug 5, 2020 - 5:11:22 AM

8 posts since 12/9/2019

The photos on this page are poor quality. much better pics are at the market place.
do advanced search banjos 4-string 1k

listed as unknown restored (see below)

I have tried to delete photos on the forum page with no luck.

Aug 5, 2020 - 7:29:40 AM
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7414 posts since 8/28/2013

I was unable to locate this banjo in the Marketplace because you earlier posts were rather cryptic.These new photos are a much better indicator of what you have, which is, in fact, more of a medium grade banjo which is basically complete (one shoe and several hooks and nuts don't match, though). I also still notice some binding bulge.

However, even in "restored" condition, your price is way too high. A no-name tenor banjo probably won't even bring half that amount.

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