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Nov 22, 2020 - 3:22:12 AM
4759 posts since 3/22/2008

Beltone was a brand name for jobbers Perlberg & Halpin, New York City.
Who do you suppose made this banjo for them?  https://www.ebay.com/itm/BELTONE-VINTAGE-4-STRING-BANJO/313310712507?hash=item48f2c612bb:g:HXwAA


Nov 22, 2020 - 5:08:16 AM

1151 posts since 5/19/2018

I’ll put my cards on Rettberg and Lange.

Nov 22, 2020 - 6:28:12 AM

7877 posts since 8/28/2013

More photos would help. I'd like to see the inside of the pot.

Nov 22, 2020 - 6:46:31 AM

4759 posts since 3/22/2008

Click on link provided in OP and more pictures including inside rim.

Nov 22, 2020 - 9:23:44 AM

1952 posts since 1/4/2009

Almost identical to a lange tenor I have.

Nov 22, 2020 - 1:22:02 PM

4759 posts since 3/22/2008

Thanks for the ID. It is more likely than not a Lange then.
The "Beltone" logo seen on the ebay banjo posted here is what I believe to be the 1920's version of the logo. It changed later.
1920's vintage Beltone banjos are interesting from the very variety of makers used by Perlberg & Halpin. Attached below are a few 1920's Beltone pegheads which are different from the OP Beltone. So I guy could own a "Beltone" banjo that is really a Lange, or Slingerland, or Stromberg-Voisinet, or etc (see unknown below).


Nov 22, 2020 - 8:02:18 PM

3406 posts since 5/29/2011

The botton photo in John's post looks like a Bacon.

Nov 23, 2020 - 9:52:22 AM

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Mark, that interests me a lot because I converted a Beltone mando-banjo nearly identical to this auction Beltone in aesthetics and construction. If you look, the Ebay banjo, like mine, have a Bacon style dish tonering. Pretty cool!

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