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Jun 23, 2021 - 4:42:35 PM



675 posts since 9/20/2011

Hey all,

I just bought a beautiful Wildwood. It looks old-ish. It has a block rim and tuba tone ring. Is there anyway to date it? Is it possible to contact the manufacturer?

Thanks in advance!


Jun 23, 2021 - 4:57:20 PM


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204 posts since 5/11/2021

Does it have any serial numbers?

Jun 23, 2021 - 5:06:15 PM



675 posts since 9/20/2011

No serial numbers or labels

Jun 23, 2021 - 6:17:18 PM
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2654 posts since 4/7/2010

Before he retired, Mark Platin (Wildwood Banjo Co. owner) told me that not having serial numbers on the banjos he made was not one of his best business decisions. Without a receipt from the original dealer that sold the banjo, there is no way to pinpoint the year of manufacture.

Bob Smakula

Jun 23, 2021 - 7:16:18 PM
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2525 posts since 5/2/2012

When I got my Paragon, I called Mark to get some information. The seller I got it from lived in Canada, and I was pretty sure he/she wasn't the first owner. Mine is all rosewood, so probably not common. His best guess/recollection was that the original owner was from Hawaii (!) as I recall. So I'm not sure if he kept detailed records of who he sold banjos to or vendors that sold his banjos. No serial number on mine. Congratulations -- Wildwood is an awesome banjo.

Jun 24, 2021 - 11:18:20 AM
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1358 posts since 11/15/2010

Congratulations on your purchase, Peter. Wildwoods really are nice banjos. I've had my Minstrel since about 1986, and it's been a real workhouse. Mark's workmanship is impeccable.

Jun 25, 2021 - 7:04:30 AM

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1970s to a few years ago is the best guess anyone can make based on your description.

If we see pictures including the tuners, we might be able to narrow it down to a 20 year period or so. Aslso, closeups of the neck inlay craftsmanship (or lack of) might be of some help.

These are great sounding and playing banjos but there was a period when whomever they sent the inlay work to produced results that are best viewed from afar.

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