This more properly belongs on the Swap Shop forum, but being as how the major interest would probably be among clawhammeristas I am taking the liberty of posting here.
This is a rare opportunity as only a limited number of these banjos were produced, and they are seldom seen on the market.
I have absolutely no interest in the sale of this banjo rather than to see it go to a good home, and to give the many folks who
have wanted one but were unable to get one the opportunity.
Wow. Wish I was in the market.
Someone is gonna get lucky.
I've seen a lot of banjos listed recently without basic information.
It might help if info like intended scale, neck length, rim size/depth, etc. were included. Perhaps year made if the seller knows.
Based on the dimensions of my own 1865:
Intended Scale: 24"
Fingerboard from inside of nut to Pot: 17-1/2"
Fingerboard width at nut: 1-1/2"
Fingerboard width ar rim: 2-1/2"
Rim: 12" dia. x 3" deep
Overall length 35"
1865's left John's shop strung with NylGut;
Guitar 5th (A) Silk & Steel
Tuned down to dADF#A
From Craig Evans' North American Banjo Builders series:
John Bowlin - Bing video (Strung with gut)
Adam Hurt (sounds like NylGut): Ducks on the Millpond - Bing video
Again, I have no interest in the sale of this banjo.
The January 2007 Banjo Newsletter featured an interview with John Bowlin, and Building New Banjos for an Old-Time World by Richard Jones-Bamman included several pages on John and his 1865 Fretless.
I really wanted it, as I love the instruments of modern builders paying homage to the vintage works that inspired them, but I felt a little reluctant about the cost and uncertainty of importing it from Wales without the possibility of a return. I hope it has found a good home.
'Rose Fretboard Inlay' 3 hrs