Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

1197
Banjo Lovers Online


Jun 2, 2021 - 12:09:25 PM

Newbanjo21

Ireland

44 posts since 3/10/2021

just acquired this lovely banjo from I think about 1910/20. If anybody has experience using nylon strings or if you changed the tuners for geared ones , or any general info on how to get it sounding it's best, I'd love to hear from you!






Jun 2, 2021 - 4:13:29 PM

1611 posts since 5/19/2018

Oh my word! That is a beautiful instrument.

I have never seen one that has the lovely purfling detail on the heel like that before. Really very nice to say the least.

You have a very high quality instrument there. Your tuners, from what I can see are fine. If you are going with gut/nylgut/nylon, you are fine with those. I would change very very little on that instrument.

It appears that you have a skin head on it. That is fine also, but head tension is critical. Looks up threads here or videos on YouTube about banjo head tension.

Last would be your bridge. If you are fine with the action, leave it alone. If not, look up once again threads on bridges. Different styles take different bridges, weights materials ect, but my feelings are just go with what you are comfortable with and what is easiest.

I think it would be difficult to make that instrument sound poorly.

Enjoy it!

Jun 2, 2021 - 6:30:01 PM

6571 posts since 9/21/2007

Yes, you have a very fine classic era instrument. As stated, nylon and a proper 1/2" bridge should suit you just fine. Friction pegs work perfectly with nylon, please don't change those pegs.

Keep in mind that this banjo is what it is.

Don't buy a Spanish/classical guitar and expect to put wire strings on it and have it play and sound like a dreadnought. This is the same thing.

Don't use any waxes, oils or polishes on it, and please don't "polish" the rim and hardware (all metal polishes are abrasive and remove plating and metal).

If you would like to learn more about what this banjo was made for please check out the BMG magazines for free here...

classic-banjo.ning.com/page/bmg-magazines

Jun 2, 2021 - 11:21:27 PM

Newbanjo21

Ireland

44 posts since 3/10/2021

Hi guys, the action I tweaked a bit with using the towel adjustment gizmo. I'm going to give up on changing the tuners , I'd like to play 2 finger old time style, maybe the nylon would be fine. Its not urgent but there's some inlay missing, how would I go about replacing that?

Jun 3, 2021 - 12:03:01 AM

58488 posts since 12/14/2005

Until somebody with a better idea comes along, here's what I'd try as a temporary inlay fix:

Put masking tape over the fret space with the missing inlay, cut down through it with a number 11 Xacto blade (or similar) pick out that bit of tape, and fill the gap with several layers of pale pearlescent nail polish, one every few hours, to let it dry.

#11 blade (Real one is smaller than picture)

Edited by - mike gregory on 06/03/2021 00:05:20

Jun 3, 2021 - 6:12:15 AM
likes this

9098 posts since 8/28/2013

Mike's nail polish fix is intersesting, but I wouldn't use it on a very fine instrument such as your Windsor. If you had a cheap Buckbee or Oscar Schmidt such a repair would be fine, but this Windsor deserves the correct inlay. Adding nail polish could make future repairs more difficult.

Try to find someone in your area who can do the job right.

Jun 7, 2021 - 6:56:28 AM

Newbanjo21

Ireland

44 posts since 3/10/2021

I guess getting it done by a pro is the way to go. I hope it doesn't cost more to fix it up than it's actually worth? I've no plan to sell it but there does reach a point where it's not worthwhile. What would a banjo like this be worth on the old market

Jun 9, 2021 - 12:41:05 PM

Newbanjo21

Ireland

44 posts since 3/10/2021

any thoughts on the lines on the fretboard. I thought they were drawn on but it seems like it's inlay with a light timber. Is that possible?


 

Jun 11, 2021 - 2:41:32 PM

Newbanjo21

Ireland

44 posts since 3/10/2021

any ideas?

Jun 15, 2021 - 10:01:19 PM

deke46

Australia

129 posts since 8/30/2009

Hi,
Windsor generally used the boxwood veneer striping on their top line banjos like the Monarch Supremus models, it`s the first time I`ve seen it on a Premier. I echo the earlier comments re the inlays , get them properly replaced with mother of pearl it`s not that big a job. Remember the inlays in those days were set in molten pitch which filled in any gaps and matched the ebony f/board. Great banjo !

Oct 16, 2021 - 2:31:35 AM

Newbanjo21

Ireland

44 posts since 3/10/2021

I am selling this wonderful banjo to fund a new project. I'd love to keep it but just don't have the time to play. Anyone interested it's in the classified section.

Oct 16, 2021 - 2:32:54 AM

Newbanjo21

Ireland

44 posts since 3/10/2021

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Yes, you have a very fine classic era instrument. As stated, nylon and a proper 1/2" bridge should suit you just fine. Friction pegs work perfectly with nylon, please don't change those pegs.

Keep in mind that this banjo is what it is.

Don't buy a Spanish/classical guitar and expect to put wire strings on it and have it play and sound like a dreadnought. This is the same thing.

Don't use any waxes, oils or polishes on it, and please don't "polish" the rim and hardware (all metal polishes are abrasive and remove plating and metal).

If you would like to learn more about what this banjo was made for please check out the BMG magazines for free here...

classic-banjo.ning.com/page/bmg-magazines

Sounds great with the nylon strings Thanks Joel


Oct 28, 2021 - 12:38:12 AM

2 posts since 10/27/2021

Hey, I think I sent you a message about this banjo in the classified section, but maybe I did something wrong. I'm definitely interested in it!

Oct 28, 2021 - 1:09:46 AM

1632 posts since 4/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by sssccottttt

Hey, I think I sent you a message about this banjo in the classified section, but maybe I did something wrong. I'm definitely interested in it!


Newbanjo21 agreed to sell me this banjo and the last I heard from him he was searching for a suitable box to ship in ! 

I assume he changed his mind.

Oct 28, 2021 - 3:17:02 AM

2 posts since 10/27/2021

quote:
Originally posted by Stephen John Prior
quote:
Originally posted by sssccottttt

Hey, I think I sent you a message about this banjo in the classified section, but maybe I did something wrong. I'm definitely interested in it!


Newbanjo21 agreed to sell me this banjo and the last I heard from him he was searching for a suitable box to ship in ! 

I assume he changed his mind.

 


Oh darn! Well if he hasn't changed his mind, hopefully it works out for you!

Oct 31, 2021 - 2:51:41 AM

deke46

Australia

129 posts since 8/30/2009

Hi Steve, I thought he had agreed to sell me the banjo too, we had various conversations about postage costs and then.............................

Oct 31, 2021 - 9:07:35 AM

1632 posts since 4/25/2007

How weird I hope it wasn't a scam.

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.234375