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Jan 26, 2021 - 10:03:21 AM
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Model Ds etc.--I always loved their tone. It seems they had a thinner resonator .I never did look inside of one, but heard their rims were different than 3 ply.Any knowledge would help in my pondering of the subject. Is that what Vic Jordan played on his album? Any photos of an open pot gets a gold star ,no not the banjo gold star

Jan 26, 2021 - 10:25:03 AM
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5Twang

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84 posts since 4/20/2008

Tom,
I have a late 60's style D, with the propeller last inlay.
I played it for many years and it received a lot of compliments.
It seems to me that the resonator has less depth.
There are several plies in the rim. I'll try to send you a picture.
Yes, Vic Jordan played a D style on his albums as far as I know. He was a hero of mine and very willing to show me anything I ever asked him about.
Mike Mason

Edited by - 5Twang on 01/26/2021 10:26:32

Jan 26, 2021 - 12:12:14 PM
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tlong

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The original Boulder made ODE's were basicaly a knock off of the late 20's Epiphone Recording banjos.If you compare the peghead design they are almost identical except for the C shaped cutouts add'ed on the ODE's. The Epiphone Recording banjos had a shell composed of 7 one eight inch maple plys .The original ODE shells were also made with 7 plys of about one eight of an inch turned to eleven inches O.D. The plys were butt jointed and an eighth inch hole was drilled and doweled. Baldwin continued this method after their takeover until about S. No.450 then went to the eleven ply plywood shell. The Boulder wood shelled ODEs had a cast bronze tone ring that was similarly demensioned to the Gibson low profile flathead rings in some style sixes. Also available was an archtop ring very similar to an Epiphone Recording. As to the resonator depth, my Epiphone B is the same as my 30 style 4 Gibson Eddie Adcock played a converted Epiphone Recording when he was with the Country Gentlemen

Jan 26, 2021 - 2:30:48 PM
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I just got a great Baldwin Ode Model C. Fantastic banjo, plenty of crack and pop but also sweet and mellow. Really, really nice banjo.

Mine is likely late 60s and has a 7ply rim as described above. The pot sits a little more shallow in the resonator if that makes sense....

Jan 26, 2021 - 3:24:44 PM
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yeh they have less hard metal in their voice but enough mixed with a lighter woody tone,Vic gets it cracking like lightning,then does slow and pretty like nobody's business, . Probably it is not better or worse than a masterclone but would be real nice to have laying around.

Jan 26, 2021 - 4:18:29 PM

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Originally posted by Tractor1

yeh they have less hard metal in their voice but enough mixed with a lighter woody tone,Vic gets it cracking like lightning,then does slow and pretty like nobody's business, . Probably it is not better or worse than a masterclone but would be real nice to have laying around.


Agreed!

Jan 26, 2021 - 6:10:04 PM
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dmiller

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1972 Baldwin Ode rim




 

Jan 26, 2021 - 7:44:20 PM

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thanks D ,Question sir-is the resonator side wall the same size ,as a Mastertone ?

Jan 27, 2021 - 11:03:46 AM

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I went to the archives, some photos ,looked familiar,it has been awhile. Anyway I am thinking it is that deep dish resonator, My mastertones measure 1 and 3/4 inches, those I think ,not so much

Jan 27, 2021 - 1:54:28 PM
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dmiller

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Originally posted by Tractor1

I went to the archives, some photos ,looked familiar,it has been awhile. Anyway I am thinking it is that deep dish resonator, My mastertones measure 1 and 3/4 inches, those I think ,not so much


Right.  My Mastertone has the same measurement as yours (1 3/4 inches), while the Baldwin Ode measures 1 1/2 inches.
Just for grins I measured the Nechville Nuvo too, and it also has the thinner resonator.  It's sidewall measures 1 1/2inches.

Jan 27, 2021 - 4:52:24 PM
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tlong

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My 66 style F is 1 3/8" others run 1 7/16" one is 1 !/2 " They are from 65 to 79. The Boulder made resonators have deeper bowl back panel

Jan 27, 2021 - 8:12:12 PM

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They might have an interesting rim clearance,,It Bill Sullivan told me mastertones were set at 7/16.

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