my grandfather who was born 1909 left us a banjulele many years ago and as my daughter has taught herself how to play the ukulele I wanted to pass it on to her. I have never played it as I had his violin and learnt that! We are however, interested in it's history.
It has the design reg 767513 on the metal plate behind the head and also in the wood L/B 802 in the middle of the tuners. The drum is 19cm. Would love to know its age etc. as I know my grandfather played it a lot although sadly he died before I was born so I have never heard it played. It would appear to be in the original case. Also what are the best strings for it? Many thanks
Banjo ukes sound best w/ a skin head & nylon strings. There is a huge choice of strings, but you can hardly go wrong w/ almost any choice. (I prefer Aquila nylgut & use both a regular ukulele set or Banjo ukulele set).
Pretty much what tdennis said. Thin goatskin and Aquila or Gamut strings are the way to go in the US. Aquila is availabe in the UK, and there may be other specialty string manufacturers available there.
If you want help identifying it, post pictures. Most of us recognise a banjo by its visual appearance, and are then occasionally able to narrow down some details about it from the numbers.
visit the website of the George Formby society, lots of banjo uke info there and then scroll down to their shop and take your pick of the very reasonably priced strings they sell, £4.00 a set delivered to your door, I personally rather like the Galli strings.
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