The M stands for Monarch that is the model banjo you have
Like your other OME, this one also has pickups, this one mounted in the head itself. I forget what Deering calls that pickup system.
Whoever owned these OME's must have been a gigging musician. Pretty cool.
Very nice banjos.
Edited by - banjoy on 06/15/2021 15:59:33
I have also noticed that both your OME's have a bearclaw-type tailpiece, which is not original (unless OME offered them new, I don't know so I could be wrong) ... but a very nice tailpiece.
I think others more familiar with theses tailpieces can give more info.
Edited by - banjoy on 06/15/2021 16:02:37
I got a reply from Ome banjo's - they said - you all were pretty much right!
# 3498M is a Silver Monarch (chrome plated) with Oettenger Tailpiece. Present list price about $4,500.
The owner of all these banjo's I have been posting was a very good friend of my dad's, they both played in a couple of bands together. They did a lot of gigs together. The original owner also played in few other jazz bands and NY city orchestra's. His name was Bill Stienhauser maybe some of you heard of him? not sure if he was on the BHO wnet by name Billy Lee
Scott I don't know if you've been following other threads on these types of things, but to owners of instruments like this, most of 'em really love knowing the history of an instrument.
So for gosh sake, if you know who, when, where ... names, places ... pictures, recordings, whatever you know or can get your hands on, these things will help preserve this history for future caretakers of your instrument and probably help you sell them too. It's added value and you're the one in the unique position to gather this stuff together. Future owners will thank you.
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