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Aug 13, 2020 - 10:24:52 AM
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Link to video: The Luscomb Banjo by Thompson & Odell of Boston

"... the Luscomb banjo, named after John F. Luscomb, a highly regarded banjo soloist and composer who over the next decade designed several models. His first, patented in the late summer of 1888 but advertised by Thompson and Odell half a year earlier, offered a rim composed of two metal bands (inside and outside) with a third, of wood, sandwiched between them with its lip extending upward so that the skin head was stretched over it."

- Philip F. Gura & James F. Bollman, America's Instrument: The Banjo in the Nineteenth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 1999)

"The Luscomb Banjo Patented Aug. 29, 1888." Thompson & Odell published sheet music and sold musical instruments in Boston, Massachusetts. Charles W. Thompson and Ira H. Odell formed the business in 1874, and they operated a shop on Tremont Street; later moved to 523 Washington Street. The company was bought by Vega in 1905.

Special thanks to Jim Bollman for providing information relevant to this video.


Edited by - Clifton Hicks on 08/13/2020 10:25:32

Aug 14, 2020 - 12:33:11 PM



879 posts since 8/30/2012

Interesting design. It's almost the opposite of what you see nowadays. A metal rim with a wood tone ring. Sounds great! And man you can play.

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