I have a C of T banjo; inside is the sticker (signed by Mark Taylor), and "TNWD 170104"
I think this means that it was made in 2004, but I'm trying to figure out the other specs, particularly the wood it's made out of and the kind of tone ring. (I have a feeling someone is going to tell me I can figure out the tone ring by taking off the resonator and looking.)
I'm a bit of a novice at this; any suggestion most welcome!
I believe you are correct about the year of manufacture, 2004. I believe the TNWD stands for Tennessee, Walnut, Deluxe. However. without photos we can't tell. I believe the Deluxe model would be Gold Plated. The usual tone ring would be the Tennessee-20, but if a buyer requested a different ring, Mark would usually accommodate the customer. Most had the TN-20 when they went out the door; the odds are that is what you have. At any rate they are great banjos! I'm sure if I am wrong on "TMWD" the more knowledgeable on the site will let us know...
Thanks so much for the response. I was pretty much thinking the same thing, but thought I'd reach out to the experts. (You're also right about the gold plating.)
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