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Oct 29, 2020 - 7:32:05 AM
7 posts since 10/1/2020

Hello! See attached the tag of a Rettburg & Lange NY made ORPHEUM No. 3 Tenor Banjo. Assuming this is the serial number, it seems to be higher than any numbers I have seen listed in forums here, such as this string:

The number is "724833"

Does anyone know what YEAR of manufacture this would be for an Orpheum No. 3 New York made? Or is this the patent number and serial number is elsewhere?

See attached pic.

Oct 29, 2020 - 7:36:11 AM

7 posts since 10/1/2020

Edited by - electrableu on 10/29/2020 07:36:46

Oct 29, 2020 - 7:54:23 AM
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4759 posts since 3/22/2008

Yes, the number stamped on the rim is the tone ring patent number. The serial number should be stamped on the dowel stick like the attached example.

Oct 29, 2020 - 8:41:05 AM

7 posts since 10/1/2020

THANK YOU! Okay I will see if I can find it on the dowel!

Oct 29, 2020 - 9:40:28 AM

7 posts since 10/1/2020

Bummer. We are not seeing any numbers on the dowel rod, perhaps the dowel was replaced over the years at some point?

Oct 29, 2020 - 9:44:46 AM

7 posts since 10/1/2020

I don't have pics of the dowel yet, trying to get from the owner. His grandpa played it back in the 1930s, but we are guessing it was actually made in the 1920s.


Edited by - electrableu on 10/29/2020 09:46:13

Oct 29, 2020 - 10:43:19 AM

7877 posts since 8/28/2013

For future reference, when taking pictures you shoul always take the banjo out of the case and make sure you have very good lighting. Pictures of the full gfront and back and closeups of detailes are important.

From the few photos you've provide, it looks like the fret spacing is for a 22 fret plectrum banjo, not the smaller tenor, but without seeing the entire front, it's hard to tell for sure.

Oct 29, 2020 - 12:03:42 PM

7 posts since 10/1/2020

Thanks, the banjo is not with me, it is at the home of the owner in another state. So I can only rely on pics he sent me and ask for more to be sent.

Oct 29, 2020 - 12:18:19 PM
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7877 posts since 8/28/2013

I'd request as many pictures as possible, then post them here to get the best information.

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