Greetings to you all! I could really use some help!!! Please see all my pictures. I am trying to identify the Banjo that I inherited from a friend. Since I couldn't find any #'s or stamps, labels, well, except the Paul Vincent metal tag on the side, again no ID/model #. I'm almost positive this 4 string Banjo is Birdseye Maple and I think, I might have been told it was a 'Kay'(?) Banjo. But don't remember... Will try to find out. Oh, I was also told the Banjo is 100yrs old (possibly a little older) early 20th century.
The head(skin?) Looks, feels, (& sounds) like new. You can see use but it has been well preserved and is the original. I was told it is actually pig skin not cow.
I'm not quite sure about the tuning pegs. To me they seem a bit wobbly but maybe that was because the bridge wasn't set up on the Banjo. I don't know.
What I found when I took the resonator(?) back off. It has 6 screws, says, "PRINCESS", & has the # 57 hand written on the side(see picture). ZOOM in close to see the # 57 hand written L.S. of picture.
I would really like to know how to clean this baby up. What can I use to clean the bracket hooks & pot? What should I stay away from? If the tuning pegs aren't good, is it worth it to change them to something better? Would this be a good starting Banjo? Any recommendations on insurance value? Looking forward to learning & hearing from you soon!
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