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Nov 24, 2020 - 5:16:08 PM
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2381 posts since 12/18/2004

I have been re-organizing my prewar and post war tenor necks this week in the shop by putting them in order and labeling them so customers that come into my shop can see these old jewels!
Nothing like the majestic collection Mr. Jim Mills has but it’s kinda cool and as you can see I am still looking for an orphan style 7/12/18 top tension neck to fill in with so if anyone has one they would part with to add to my collection in the Bryant Banjer Shop it would be greatly appreciated!
I have built 5 string conversion necks for all of these but a couple……
My latest one is a PT Style 6 (Plectrum Tenor)

I have 5 or 6 duplicates that I would sell if anyone is interested……e-mail me at banjobuilder1@yahoo.com for prices.
These can be seen in hangout classifieds!

https://www.banjohangout.org/classified/84463


Thanks for looking and everyone stay safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Don Bryant NC banjo luthier
336-413-4704 EST




 

Edited by - bryantde on 11/25/2020 07:41:11

Nov 24, 2020 - 6:25:46 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24240 posts since 6/25/2005

Way cool,Don. Hve you ever run into anyone wanting to change a 5-string conversion back to a tenor?

Nov 24, 2020 - 6:45:52 PM

56460 posts since 12/14/2005

A veritable neckropolis!

Nov 24, 2020 - 8:55:42 PM

2381 posts since 12/18/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Way cool,Don. Hve you ever run into anyone wanting to change a 5-string conversion back to a tenor?


No Bill I haven't but you know how these banjer pickers are......It wouldn't surprise me!

Nov 24, 2020 - 8:56:33 PM

1744 posts since 9/10/2003

Very nice collection you have there Don!

Nov 24, 2020 - 9:41:25 PM

3532 posts since 5/29/2011

quote:
Originally posted by bryantde
quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Way cool,Don. Hve you ever run into anyone wanting to change a 5-string conversion back to a tenor?


No Bill I haven't but you know how these banjer pickers are......It wouldn't surprise me!

 


Who knows? Forty or fifty years from now tenor banjos may be the rage again. That's why a lot of people who do conversions offer the original neck with the sale.

Nov 25, 2020 - 12:43:47 AM

Bart Veerman

Canada

4812 posts since 1/5/2005

There was a thread some while ago asking what happened, and where are, all them 4 string necks that should be piled up somewhere - thanks for killing the suspense wink

Yup, a fine collection it is indeed!

Nov 25, 2020 - 4:34:36 AM

1206 posts since 5/19/2018

Very cool indeed.

I remember being in someone’s shop back in the 70’s. For the life of me it escapes who, but he had dozens of banjo necks, all kinds, stuffed in small wooden barrels.

Always wondered what happened to those.

Glad to see that folks now see the value in them.

They will become once again extremely valued in about 30-50 years when the great Dixieland revival happens and folks start converting five stringers back to arch top tenors.

Nov 25, 2020 - 7:13:08 AM

13596 posts since 10/30/2008

I thoroughly enjoy having the original tenor necks to my pre-war conversions. I don't have them hanging on the wall like you Don, but I should.

Nov 25, 2020 - 7:47:15 AM
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8032 posts since 8/28/2013

Neckrophilia!

Nov 25, 2020 - 8:09:20 AM
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Eric A

USA

958 posts since 10/15/2019

When I got my Oriole conversion I made sure to get the tenor neck too. It has a partial serial # that helps with dating, and the whole thing just adds provenance. I don't know where to put it (doesn't fit in the case) but I wouldn't part with it.

Nov 25, 2020 - 8:20:18 AM

5833 posts since 9/21/2007
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I've often speculated that one could take a new rim assembly (reliced appropriately), stick a prewar tenor neck on it and have a "prewar Gibson tenor banjo". Then they could convert the banjo to a 5 string and have a "Gibson conversion 5 string". This system could be used to convert an infinite number of "Gibson tenors" to 5 strings by reusing the neck.

Your wall looks like a Shakey's Pizza graveyard.

Nov 25, 2020 - 10:42:40 AM
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56460 posts since 12/14/2005

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Originally posted by Joel Hooks

I've often speculated that one could take a new rim assembly (reliced appropriately), stick a prewar tenor neck on it and have a "prewar Gibson tenor banjo". Then they could convert the banjo to a 5 string and have a "Gibson conversion 5 string". This system could be used to convert an infinite number of "Gibson tenors" to 5 strings by reusing the neck.

Your wall looks like a Shakey's Pizza graveyard.


Dang you!

Now I'm HUNGRY!!

Nov 25, 2020 - 11:57:53 AM
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8032 posts since 8/28/2013

Flavor-wise, Shakey's pizza could easily be confused with a tombstone, but NOT with the pizza brand.

It's odd, but my first two jobs involved pizza, and I don't even like the stuff. First was as a delivery person for "Pizza Man" (the worst pizza ever made, served with the worst soft drinks) and the second as a banjo player at Shakeys.

I like the Joel's idea of selling multiple conversion banjos by repeatedly using the same tenor neck. I'd never do it, and I'm sure Joel wouldn't either. But it shows a cleverness that's commendable.

Nov 26, 2020 - 12:26:12 PM
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7878 posts since 1/7/2005

I've often wondered whether back in the 20's when tenor banjos were what was in demand, how many of the scarce original 5 strings were cut down to tenor size because that's what everyone wanted.
DD

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