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Aug 4, 2020 - 7:23:04 PM
5 posts since 4/9/2015

Hi everyone. I'm hoping to get more information on this, as my research hasn't been helpful thus far. I'm hoping to get a model, date of manufacture, where to find the serial number, market value, and/or any other info you can provide or reference.

I hope you can forgive this guitar player's ignorance of this nice banjo. Thanks in advance!


Aug 5, 2020 - 1:12:12 AM

669 posts since 1/30/2019

Hi, I have a Keystone State 5 string and dated it using this list:
Not sure how accurate of course, but seems pretty well put together. The serial number on mine is on the dowel stick, but nowhere else.
Mine is not the "high grade" model that yours is, but it's really nice.
It's very very simple as an instrument, thin steamed wood hoop spun over with nice quality nickel plated brass. The head sits on the spun over brass and it acts like a simple brass tone ring. It sounds great, and plays beautifully.
Mine just has dots for inlay, and I would guess that's the only difference. Mine had modern planetary tuners fitted by previous owner, and I have it strung with v light steel strings. It seems fine with these, but would perhaps be better with nylon. (Someone will probably reply saying "not perhaps".....)
You don't see many of these 5 strings, but that said Weymanns don't sell for big amounts. Mine was very cheap for an antique US made banjo in excellent playable condition, but I haven't seen another one since in the UK.
Weymann made excellent tenor banjos, and I'd love one of their "orchestra" tenors with the resophonic rims. These are sought after by some tenor players, but they still aren't anywhere near top of the scale in terms of value.
There was a post here a few weeks ago about how good they are for conversion to 5 string bluegrass instruments too. I'm not able to post any photos of my Weymann until after the weekend.
Hope you enjoy yours like I do mine.

Aug 6, 2020 - 7:43:59 PM

5 posts since 4/9/2015

Thanks for the reply. I'll check out the link.

Aug 9, 2020 - 3:19:32 PM



338 posts since 3/29/2012

I'm pretty sure the three large inlays were added by former owners. i.e., not original. The 5th string tuner is also not original.

Aug 9, 2020 - 6:09:55 PM

5 posts since 4/9/2015

Makes sense- I haven't seen any pictures with the same inlay online. I did email Charles from leavingthisworld and am awaiting reply. Hope he has some information for me. In the meantime I put some string and a new head on it and am learning how to play it.

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