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Aug 4, 2020 - 1:25:45 PM
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3 posts since 8/4/2020

I have my great grandfathers banjo. He played on the radio back in the early 20s/30s. Not sure what kind it is. It only has a marking on the back and can’t make it out. I know this banjo is over 100 years old.


Aug 4, 2020 - 3:09:56 PM
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10837 posts since 4/23/2004

I think that's Frank Converse's trademark. @Joel Hooks will be able to give you more info on Frank than you can stand.laugh

Frank B Converse: the notes on the trademark staff are F, B and C...

These banjos were probably made at the Buckbee factory, prior to 1895.

Edited by - trapdoor2 on 08/04/2020 15:12:31

Aug 4, 2020 - 6:23:43 PM

3 posts since 8/4/2020

Thank you so much! I’m building a display case for it and hanging it up. I can just feel the history in this thing

Aug 4, 2020 - 6:45:27 PM
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KCJones

USA

936 posts since 8/30/2012

Forget the display case, play it!

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:05:51 PM

1045 posts since 6/20/2014

Interesting bridge.

Can you provide a closeup?

Charlie

Aug 5, 2020 - 10:38:21 AM
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10837 posts since 4/23/2004

Here is a link to Joel's Frank Converse page. You'll see the trademark there.

https://www.banjothimble.com/banjo-methods--ephemera/the-converse-collection.html

Aug 6, 2020 - 7:32:53 AM

3 posts since 8/4/2020

Thank you here’s a closeup of the bridge

Aug 6, 2020 - 10:29:22 AM

10837 posts since 4/23/2004

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Originally posted by Spurgeon71

Thank you here’s a closeup of the bridge


The photo didn't show up here...but I see it on your homepage.

That is a very heavy bridge...but the correct pattern/shape.

One point which we always should make: this banjo was not designed for metal strings...and they can damage it. Either relax the tension or install a set of nylon strings. Since you don't intend to play it, simply loosen the strings a bit.

Aug 6, 2020 - 11:19:44 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9586 posts since 1/22/2003

Here is the picture:

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