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Jul 29, 2021 - 6:25:44 PM
3566 posts since 9/12/2016

wow I had to throw this to all the regulars here,I bet it will move quick. signed no way I could do it

btw what is with so many semi circle holes ,anyone know

Edited by - Tractor1 on 07/29/2021 18:27:51

Jul 29, 2021 - 7:08:24 PM

1486 posts since 5/19/2018

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.

Jul 30, 2021 - 6:16:36 AM

14173 posts since 10/30/2008

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+.

Jul 30, 2021 - 6:54:27 AM

2649 posts since 12/31/2005

What are those gaskets on the headstock under the tuners? One seems to have moved, exposing wood underneath the overlay. Is that normal?

Jul 30, 2021 - 8:15:16 AM

14173 posts since 10/30/2008

Those aren't gaskets, they are footprints of larger washers pressed into the finish, from some other set of tuners.

Jul 30, 2021 - 11:24:02 AM

2055 posts since 1/10/2004

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.

Jul 30, 2021 - 5:03:13 PM

1171 posts since 12/27/2005

Not a bad banjo if your name is "Andy". laugh

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