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Jun 17, 2021 - 12:42:17 PM
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1205 posts since 3/21/2013

Just saw this today. Looks like someone's lifelong collection. Sharing as there are a bunch of very unique ones! from older handmade to Fairbanks to VanEps...

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/search/?keyword=Banjo&sort=-relevance&status=online&publishDateMin=1623775269&from=alert&utm_source=SavedAlert&utm_campaign=SearchAlert_20200423_A&utm_medium=email&utm_content=matching

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:05:48 PM
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Yikes, I wonder who passed?

Sadly I think we are going to see a lot more of this as the boomer collectors pass on with no plan in place.

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:09:47 PM
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Good find!

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:11:21 PM
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Thanks jun3 .......... I'll be going after that Savanah wink!     Some really neat stuff!

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:12:23 PM
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Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Yikes, I wonder who passed?

Sadly I think we are going to see a lot more of this as the boomer collectors pass on with no plan in place.


Joel ..... thanks for the encouraging words ..... but I'm taking mine with me!smiley

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:14:46 PM

1205 posts since 3/21/2013

if nothing else, I do hope there is some good discussion on some of these. there's a few I will highlight later. Some amazing specimens. There's an un-marked metal rim 1890's one with a spiral metal rim stick that caught my eye

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:16:41 PM
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458 posts since 5/29/2015

Not much of an auction with those starting bid prices. I just donated several banjos to an auction to raise money for a scholarship fund. The banjos did not even bring average wholesale prices.

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:18:44 PM
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1422 posts since 3/1/2012

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Yikes, I wonder who passed?

Sadly I think we are going to see a lot more of this as the boomer collectors pass on with no plan in place.


Joel ..... thanks for the encouraging words ..... but I'm taking mine with me!smiley


I agree--it wouldn't be Heaven without a lot of banjos! You'd think they would have mentioned that in the Bible...

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:36:56 PM
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1420 posts since 5/19/2018

That’s quite a hoard. Someone passed, or it could be a combination of a few collections.

With a load like that coming up, depending on the selling prices of a number of those, it could either boost, or depress the vintage instrument market for a while after.

I’m close enough, that if I ha e the free time and some extra cash, I may head up, but auctions tend not to be the bargain centers they used to be. Knowledgeable bidders, the internet and buyers premiums have pretty much killed off good deals in the past 10-15 years.

If I go, at the very least I’ll run into a bunch of old friends and acquaintances.

Putting it on my calendar.

Oh, and Thanks. My Wife will appreciate it....

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:37:48 PM
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jacot23

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197 posts since 12/13/2012

quote:
Originally posted by IMBanjoJim
quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Yikes, I wonder who passed?

Sadly I think we are going to see a lot more of this as the boomer collectors pass on with no plan in place.


Joel ..... thanks for the encouraging words ..... but I'm taking mine with me!smiley


I agree--it wouldn't be Heaven without a lot of banjos! You'd think they would have mentioned that in the Bible...

 


They did:

 

Psalms 150:4

“Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.”

 

Not specifically, but I take that to mean banjos...

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:38:52 PM

2595 posts since 12/31/2005

Note buyer's premium 20%. Wasn't there a lady on here about a year or so ago asking about how to dispose of something like 100 banjos her husband owned. It about melted down the site with everyone going crazy. Wonder if this is that estate.

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:50:54 PM

14082 posts since 10/30/2008

Mercy!!!! There are some tasty items in there! Does anyone understand if one can attend this auction and see the banjos in person? I have zero experience with auctions. I the buyer's premium is 25%. Probably NY State/City sales tax also.

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:57:28 PM
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rmcdow

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938 posts since 11/8/2014

This is the Meisel collection, in Princeton NJ. More details in any of the listings, over 200 banjos in all. It is going to be interesting to see what particular individual banjos go for.

I spoke with the lady at Guernsey's, who said that if one has an interest in a particular banjo, more pictures are available, and she said that they are putting together a list of any particular banjos that someone would like to view, and will present this to the owner.  She felt confident that a viewing over a couple of days could be set up in the owner's home in Princeton of a selection of the banjos that interest has been expressed in.  t his would likely be in a couple of weeks.  It is an online auction only.

Edited by - rmcdow on 06/17/2021 14:05:35

Jun 17, 2021 - 2:02:10 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Yikes, I wonder who passed?

Sadly I think we are going to see a lot more of this as the boomer collectors pass on with no plan in place.


Joel ..... thanks for the encouraging words ..... but I'm taking mine with me!smiley


The problem is that while surviving families can see some value in the instruments, the ephemera gets hauled to the dump.  There is so much a family has to deal with that boxes of dusty old moldering paper does not make the cut.

So into the recycling bin goes rare sheet music, catalogs, magazines, hand written manuscripts, and all the other stuff that there might not be any more copies of.

Right now sheet music has little to no value.  Only rare and in perfect condition piano rags seem to sell.  I've been paying less than .50 each for banjo music lately (the last lot came from England.   The problem is that when I do buy it I have to get a full lot which will include things I already have.

For instruction books or folios that I don't have digitally I will go as high as $30 depending on what it is.  The average price I pay is $10 to $20.  I just got a "new" one last week for $18.  I rarely get bid against if it is an action.  I then scan the book or music and post it on the internet archive which then removes all monetary value while securing the priceless value of accessible information for current and future people all over the world. 

 

 

I know it is fun to joke, but I am begging collectors to make a plan.  Realistically consider that your family does not know how to find a home for 17 file boxes of sheet music or banjo catalogs. 

Jun 17, 2021 - 2:03:03 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by IMBanjoJim
quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Yikes, I wonder who passed?

Sadly I think we are going to see a lot more of this as the boomer collectors pass on with no plan in place.


Joel ..... thanks for the encouraging words ..... but I'm taking mine with me!smiley


I agree--it wouldn't be Heaven without a lot of banjos! You'd think they would have mentioned that in the Bible...

 


Actually it did mention it ...... as I missed the question on Jeopardy last week!

Jun 17, 2021 - 2:03:39 PM

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Originally posted by rmcdow

This is the Meisel collection, in Princeton NJ. More details in any of the listings, over 200 banjos in all. It is going to be interesting to see what particular individual banjos go for.

I spoke with the lady at Guernsey's, who said that if one has an interest in a particular banjo, more pictures are available, and I believe she said that the banjos could potentially be viewed through arrangements with the owner.  It is an online auction only.


Well it is good that this is not the reslut of someone passing. 

Jun 17, 2021 - 2:06:23 PM
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Oh, the seller might have done better in the end by going through Bernunzio.

Jun 17, 2021 - 2:19:52 PM
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I know it is fun to joke, but I am begging collectors to make a plan.  Realistically consider that your family does not know how to find a home for 17 file boxes of sheet music or banjo catalogs. 


x1000, but I would add that we do this even if not a "collector."  My family would have no idea what to do with my odds and ends, but some of the music books I have collected would mean a lot to certain people and things like a 78 of FMB may look like a Goodwill box item for family members, but there are people here who would want one.   I have about 9-10 bankers boxes of bluegrass and folk music history books that I want to make sure don't get thrown away.   Important to leave instructions behind no matter how morbid it seems.

Jun 17, 2021 - 3:25:04 PM
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csacwp

USA

2871 posts since 1/15/2014

Be careful. While some of these banjos look 100% original to me, others have had extensive restoration work done to them and a few have reproduction necks. Many are strung with steel strings, which is a red flag for me. Lastly, nearly all show signs of having dried out due to improper storage. The guitars on the other hand look to be in great shape and were likely humidified.

Jun 17, 2021 - 3:59:52 PM
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956 posts since 10/31/2007

This collection is from someone who appears to still be with us.
Wise move clearing this up rather than leaving it for heirs to try and sort out.

Great collection! Wise collector!!

Jun 17, 2021 - 4:14:32 PM
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rcc56

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3623 posts since 2/20/2016

The truly premium pieces are the Tubaphone Deluxe 5 string, the Bacon "Chubby Dragon," and the presentation grade banjo on page 3 simply labelled as "A.C. Fairbanks & Co. banjo." These instruments are rarely seen on the public market.

Jun 17, 2021 - 4:44 PM
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Eric A

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1259 posts since 10/15/2019

If you are looking for a Bacon internal resonator model, wow...

Jun 17, 2021 - 5:14:32 PM
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rcc56

USA

3623 posts since 2/20/2016

And even the plainer model F/V made Bacons are getting quite hard to find. The instrument simply labelled "Bacon banjo" on page 2 is a Fairbanks made Professional #2, serial # 103. And the Chubby Dragon on page 1 is the first I've seen in several years.

The rest of the Bacon internal resonator models appear to have been built after the Fairbanks period.  For folks who are not set on Fairbanks make for an internal resonator Bacon, there are several of them listed.

I need to stop looking.  I've taken the pledge.

Edited by - rcc56 on 06/17/2021 17:19:54

Jun 17, 2021 - 5:38:13 PM

14082 posts since 10/30/2008

Can anybody discern when the auction CONCLUDES?

Jun 17, 2021 - 5:51:49 PM

rmcdow

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938 posts since 11/8/2014

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

Can anybody discern when the auction CONCLUDES?


It looks like the auction happens on July 14.  The lady I spoke with said that they start at the first item, live, and work through auctioning off all the items live until they are done, one at a time.  

Jun 17, 2021 - 5:56:15 PM

1422 posts since 3/1/2012

As it is also an online auction, I believe you can bid ahead of time…

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