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Nov 25, 2020 - 2:21:03 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


24250 posts since 6/25/2005
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A couple months ago I bought a 1923 Silver Bell #1 shell—the one with the perforated tone ring. I’ve been trying to get one for years. So, since the shell was from a tenor, I had to have a neck made. Renée Karnes is well under way on it. I’ll post any pix she sends, and certainly will post when I get the banjo. If you’re unfamiliar with Renée’s work, check out

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 11/25/2020 02:30:54

Nov 26, 2020 - 7:11:31 AM
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Lew H


2573 posts since 3/10/2008

Bill, I picked up a Bacon very basic Blue Ribbon tenor a few year ago that had the silver belle tone ring with the perforations. I don't know the age, for instead of a serial number, it has an 'X' stamped into the dowel stick and the rim. It is a wonderful banjo with the 5 string neck I had made for it. It's not a reproduction type neck, but more like an electric guitar style with guitar tuners. I'm sure you will be happy with your Silver Belle.

Nov 26, 2020 - 8:12:17 AM
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40873 posts since 3/7/2006

I think two-finger playing Will Keys used a tenor banjo but mounted the fifth string on the tenor banjo neck (but it had a resonator): 

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