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May 12, 2021 - 4:45:39 PM
640 posts since 8/9/2008

Hi guys -

This looks more interesting that your run-of-the-mill Masterclones. Any ideas about it..? The tailpiece looks very odd. 

Thanks!

ebay.co.uk/itm/1970s-Epiphone-...90.l49286

Edited by - daytripper on 05/12/2021 16:48:41

May 12, 2021 - 5:11:01 PM
like this

57384 posts since 12/14/2005

On the same page is a "VINTAGE" bottlecap banjo.

Words ain't what they usta be!

May 12, 2021 - 5:15:02 PM
like this

beegee

USA

22371 posts since 7/6/2005

These have been sold under the Epiphone and Aria marques primarily. Aluminum tone ring and flange and tension hoop. Rather crude wooden rim. Thick neck. But, they do sound remarkably good when properly set up. Kasuga factory, mahogany neck and resonator. I have owned several. The last one I bought was last summer at $140. I have one awaiting assembly with a new rim, planetary tuners, and modified peghead shape and new inlays. They make an excellent light-weight beater that sounds better than it should.

May 13, 2021 - 7:35:13 AM

3756 posts since 3/28/2008

Yeah--a step or two up from bottlecaps, but not pro quality. as beegee says, can be quite good if well set up.

May 13, 2021 - 8:51:31 AM

950 posts since 9/6/2019

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

On the same page is a "VINTAGE" bottlecap banjo.

Words ain't what they usta be!


But is it a "mint" vintage bottlecap? wink

May 13, 2021 - 9:46:30 AM

1705 posts since 2/4/2013

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

On the same page is a "VINTAGE" bottlecap banjo.

Words ain't what they usta be!


Vintage is a UK brand used by John Hornby Skewes. They used to use this on banjos until they changed to Pilgrim. The Vintage branded guitars are quite decent.

May 13, 2021 - 10:42:44 AM

JSB88

UK

216 posts since 3/9/2017

I was looking at it, it is shiny and attractive, and I don't even want a resonator. The case has got to be £50's worth. What I dont get, but am willing to be enlightened on, is this

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Deering-Banjo-Kavanjo-Pickup-on-Mumford-Lewes-Banjo-Head-High-Crown-/294172841102?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286

May 13, 2021 - 11:37:27 AM

640 posts since 8/9/2008

thanks guys!

May 13, 2021 - 6:37:11 PM

11411 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by JSB88

I was looking at it, it is shiny and attractive, and I don't even want a resonator. The case has got to be £50's worth. What I dont get, but am willing to be enlightened on, is this

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Deering-Banjo-Kavanjo-Pickup-on-Mumford-Lewes-Banjo-Head-High-Crown-/294172841102?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286


Right now, it's probably priced a little less than a new Kavanjo head (I'm a US dealer). Depends if there are any UK dealers besides Deering. 

A Kavanjo pickup is a $550 upcharge from me if installed in a new banjo. I have them installed in whatever head the customer prefers, then I install the head.

Kavanjo Pickup System

Edited by - mikehalloran on 05/13/2021 18:44:57

May 14, 2021 - 12:14:01 AM

JSB88

UK

216 posts since 3/9/2017

So is it an integrated head and pickup system or is the head installed over it? The pictures in you link, Mike, look like normal heads. The thing in the ebay ad is quite different, is it just a colourful head with the pickup system installed?

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