I just recently got his banjo from a guy here in Norway who had no idea about its history. It has a wooden rim with an outer brass rim, a tunneled 5th string and no markings whatsoever.
Some banjo collector I talked to had no idea, but assumed it was a british product about 100 years old.
Please take a look at this video and see if you can help me.
Thanks in advance!
It is a bit of a mystery (but I bet Steve Prior knows). I'd also say English purely on the basis of the tunneled 5th and the double screw dowel tensioner. The tailepiece is identical to the 'new old stock' one I bought in London in 1970 to get my first banjo going. Maybe a bit more than 100 years old based on the position dot at 9 rather than 10. But you should really get rid of that slab of a bridge and those steel strings. With nylon strings and a simple 2 foot bridge it would really sing.
Thank you, Andrew. I'm sure it could do well to change the bridge and strings. Will look into that pretty soon.
Sadly I can't help with an ID. The tailpiece probably German 60/70s. I also wondered if that cool old pot may be older than the neck !
Good advice from Andrew regarding the bridge and strings.
There's a Giant Baby right behind you!
Sounds SO good as is. Do agree that taking off that guitar bridge, replacing it with a banjo bridge, and going to nylon strings may greatly improve the sound.
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Thanks Mike. Good to know I have some neighbours here!
I'm interested in knowing what a fair price about this piece may be?
Still hoping for an ID, though!
Good clear photographs is the best way to get information.
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