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Jul 21, 2021 - 1:22:20 PM
61 posts since 6/3/2021

Hello, here is another from my dads collection. I could not find any serial numbers. Anything you all can tell me about it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Scott






 

Jul 21, 2021 - 1:25:40 PM
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14250 posts since 10/30/2008

It is called a "banjo mandolin" or "mandolin banjo" depending on the manufacturer. Tuned and played with a flat pick like a mandolin.

Someone here will recognize the manufacture.

Jul 21, 2021 - 4:58:11 PM
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1621 posts since 2/9/2007

That resonator sure says "B&D" to me.
I can't recall ever seeing another brand imitating their design this closely, but you never know.

Edited by - Dan Gellert on 07/21/2021 17:01:48

Jul 21, 2021 - 5:25:08 PM
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I’m with Dan on this. Resonator and that head stock inlay say B&D...but....does not look like any B&D that I have ever seen.

Head stock shape is unlike any B&D. Same with the tuners.

May be a one off custom, or something else completely different, but I can say from the shop of B&D.

Jul 21, 2021 - 5:46:26 PM
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9005 posts since 8/28/2013

I disagree. That resonator and flange may be similar to B & D, but isn't. The B & D resonators were not center mounted, for one thing, and for another, their flanges did not extend up under the shoes. The back of the resonator shows some resemblance, particularly the center mount, to some of the lower priced products from the Bacon company, but still I doubt think this is a Bacon made banjo.

Please take the back off and check the dowelstick and look for further clues.

Jul 21, 2021 - 9:29:58 PM
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3931 posts since 5/29/2011

I have seen several early B&D banjos with center mounted resonators. Also, this one does not quite look like the flange extends under the brackets, it looks to me like there is a seperate band under the bracket shoes and the flange ends below that.
The flange holes and the inlays sure look a lot like Bacon & Day. Here is one I built with a B & D resonator.




Edited by - Culloden on 07/21/2021 21:33:04

Jul 22, 2021 - 5:07:24 AM
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9005 posts since 8/28/2013

I think you are confusing the early B & Ds with the usual product from Bacon. That is certainly not a B & D in the photos you just posted. It is a Bacon product, but only the Silver Bell models were labeled "B & D" at least until the Gretsch takeover.

Although you may be correct about the separate band, Bacon didn't use those on any of their products. A better view of the dide could straighten out just how this flange/band was done. Puntilillo did use an all in one unit, although this doen't really resemble his work in other ways. Leedy also used a similar curved resonator flange, but again, there are differences.

It may be that this is a Bacon product, but NOT a B & D. It may seem like nit picking, but the difference could mean a lot in estimating value. I am still waiting for some photos of the inside before I'll do any more speculating. I think others should, too.

Jul 22, 2021 - 7:53:08 AM

61 posts since 6/3/2021

Good morning,
Thanks for the info so far. Here are some pic's of the inside.
Much appreciated help!
Scott




 

Jul 23, 2021 - 6:07:04 AM

61 posts since 6/3/2021

quote: OK, here are some pictures, thanks again for all the input on this instrument.
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

I think you are confusing the early B & Ds with the usual product from Bacon. That is certainly not a B & D in the photos you just posted. It is a Bacon product, but only the Silver Bell models were labeled "B & D" at least until the Gretsch takeover.

Although you may be correct about the separate band, Bacon didn't use those on any of their products. A better view of the dide could straighten out just how this flange/band was done. Puntilillo did use an all in one unit, although this doen't really resemble his work in other ways. Leedy also used a similar curved resonator flange, but again, there are differences.

It may be that this is a Bacon product, but NOT a B & D. It may seem like nit picking, but the difference could mean a lot in estimating value. I am still waiting for some photos of the inside before I'll do any more speculating. I think others should, too.


Jul 23, 2021 - 7:05:22 AM
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3931 posts since 5/29/2011

Actually, the resonator came off a 1933 B&D Senorita tenor banjo. The neck was broken and the rim was cracked through so the owner sold me the resonator and flange. He kept the rest of the hardware.

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