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Sep 19, 2020 - 9:51:01 AM
281 posts since 4/11/2019

Wife took me to an estate sale this morning. I came home with this Weymann tenor. Back of the head is stamped 70 over top of the sticker, 44011 below. Scratched "E" after that. Neck is straight. Skin head tight. Grover non-tip bridge. A little fret wear but serviceable. Some buckle rash on the back. I thought the resonator just pops off the back but now Im not sure.

Edited by - Knows Picker on 09/19/2020 09:51:49

Sep 19, 2020 - 10:23:24 AM

281 posts since 4/11/2019

Inside. Ugly multiply rim.

Sep 19, 2020 - 12:38 PM

2452 posts since 3/30/2008

i believe that at one time the model number also reflected the price. (Is it possible this instrument has a pressed wood particle shell ? )

Sep 19, 2020 - 1:21:45 PM

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I am surprised the resonator could even be removed without damaginf the rim. This model Weymann's rim was made from a sort of particle board and the resonators were usually glued on. Removal usually results in chunks of rim stuck to the inside of the resonator.

Sep 20, 2020 - 12:53:24 AM

806 posts since 6/25/2006

That looks similar to the 85 model which had a non-detachable resonator where the brackets are adjustable through openings in the resonator. Weymann also made a higher-priced Orchestra range of banjos with megaphonic rim and pop-off resonator.

Sep 20, 2020 - 6:32:55 AM



64 posts since 8/30/2003

Originally posted by tdennis

i believe that at one time the model number also reflected the price. (Is it possible this instrument has a pressed wood particle shell ? )

This is the model "70" as one can read on the top of the peghead's backside - "70"

and yes, the models below the Weymann "Orchestra" line had pressed wood particle shells.

Sep 20, 2020 - 11:10:29 AM

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From what I've read about these, they are actually decent banjos, even with that pressed wood rim.

Sep 21, 2020 - 6:35:39 AM

281 posts since 4/11/2019

Well the neck is nicer than the pot, that's for sure. Seems scary to put any real string tension on it.

Just for something different I put baritone ukulele strings on, just slightly floating on the bridge.

It sounded pretty good for strumming. If I keep it that way a little filing will make everything fit better.

Sep 22, 2020 - 5:37:33 AM



12937 posts since 8/30/2006

What a beautiful example of an upscale model. 20 hooks gives wider spacing on the flange

Weymann wasn’t hurting for innovative ideas
The sound of high attack, low sustain and high decay is characteristic and is sought out to this day

Since a couple of builders are using megaphonic shapes inside real wooden rims - I wonder what a nice wooden rim would look and sound like with those scallops That rim appears to have been covered all this time. Electrics use scallops. I like the rim, I wonder if it sets up a plenum It is semi megaphonic

You were lucky to get the Rez off
I know several vintage owner/players who are using 1/4” by 1/2” earth magnet mounts for their vintage because they are less obtrusive

Nice preservation

Oct 9, 2020 - 2:59:18 PM

281 posts since 4/11/2019

It plays fine. It can be st up for tenor, Irish, or baritone uke.
What about a rough estimate for value, just in case I get into one of those "canoe accidents" that gun guys get into all the time?

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