wow I had to throw this to all the regulars here,I bet it will move quick. signed no way I could do it louisville.craigslist.org/msg/...9587.html
btw what is with so many semi circle holes ,anyone know
Edited by - Tractor1 on 07/29/2021 18:27:51
The tone ring has been messed with. I have seen this done to more than one arch Top 250. I think someone was trying to make their impression of a 40 hole arch ring. I have also seen this done to one very unfortunate 1927 no hole Archie.
Looks like a decent banjo, though with a pot that looks to be refinished as the color looks off to me, a messed up tone ring, and some other non-original parts, this is certainly not a high 3’s, low 4’s 1954 RB250.
Could be a great player, and I love the necks on the early 250s.
The tuners have been changed. Most likely the originals would have been the big boxy Kluson 14:1 ratio tuners.
As pristine as the resonator is, it puzzles me why the rim is so worn looking finish-wise. But also, it's the very first time I've seen the stamped 1954 serial #'s appearance. Perhaps the resonator got oversprayed to give it that nice shiny appearance.
I had an RB 250 arch top bowtie banjo and it had just 4 holes in the tone ring. In my youthful exuberance to find out if it was "bell bronze" or the like, I used dad's electric hand drill to make 4 more holes, evenly spaced, to see what color the metal was -- it was "bell bronze". I expect someone did the same here and it looks irregular enough to have been done with a hand drill too.
It's probably priced right to sell. An original condition one would probably get $3K+.
What are those gaskets on the headstock under the tuners? One seems to have moved, exposing wood underneath the overlay. Is that normal?
Those aren't gaskets, they are footprints of larger washers pressed into the finish, from some other set of tuners.
So would that "new Waverly" windowed tailpiece have been original in 1954? I mean this banjo has likely been messed with a bit and "upgraded" in the past 20-40 years, but I doubt anyone would have come up with that tp after the 1960s, so I guess it must be original. I know in the late 50s or early 60s they varied somewhat using the "Baker" tailpiece and maybe one or two others, but 60s 5-strings usually come with the New Waverly.
The head stock impressions (front and back) just look like where the original boxy Kluson tuners were.
Not a bad banjo if your name is "Andy".