Bill Rogers (Moderator)
Looks like a deal for someone who wants an old-time nylon-strung banjo.
I would not call this a deal.
They are off by a few years, closer to 1898 (not that it adds value).
The heel and dowel end has been hacked with the "add a bracket thing repair" putting back angle to a neck that did not need it. The screws on the Kuenstler adjuster are not original (which makes me wonder why as these screws tend not to get "lost").
Nearly $1K for a No 1. UF is about right for retail, $200 to $400 too high for a private sale. Knock off another $200+ for what needs to be done to the dowel and neck to put it right.
Many players prefer a higher bridge and a corresponding neck angle.
The way that has been handled on this banjo, it is fairly simple to set things back to the original configuration for anyone who prefers it that way.
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