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Oct 4, 2021 - 8:51:41 AM
1630 posts since 4/25/2007

I'm about to fit a new vellum head on this zither banjo. I've not seen one with this spunover type construction before.

Has anyone come across one like this before ?

It's a Windsor, heel signature stamp "The Windsor No.48" and it's a 6 string.




 

Oct 4, 2021 - 10:53:22 AM

353 posts since 4/14/2014

Do you have the tension hoop? It works like a normal banjo and, once mounted and tuned, the pot is fastened into the resonator via those Z shaped brackets.

Also, Windsors tend to be five string banjos, but with six tuners on a slot head, which I believe was just a cost saving thing.

Edited by - Nic Pennsylvania on 10/04/2021 10:54:03

Oct 4, 2021 - 11:46:02 AM

353 posts since 4/14/2014

Wait, sorry.  I'm an idiot and didn't read this too closely. I have seen on like this, but it was scalloped at the bottom. This one looks deeper. 

Oct 4, 2021 - 4:52:25 PM

11022 posts since 4/23/2004

My Windsor #1 is solid cast iron. Heavy. The screws holding the "legs" to the pot are actually soldered in...

Oct 5, 2021 - 7:51:28 AM

1630 posts since 4/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by trapdoor2

My Windsor #1 is solid cast iron. Heavy. The screws holding the "legs" to the pot are actually soldered in...


Yes their normally pretty chunky here's an Artist from 1899 which is plated brass. 


Oct 5, 2021 - 7:54:27 AM

1630 posts since 4/25/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Nic Pennsylvania

Wait, sorry.  I'm an idiot and didn't read this too closely. I have seen on like this, but it was scalloped at the bottom. This one looks deeper. 


This one is 9 & 1/2 inches in diameter and 1 & 3/4 inches deep. 

Oct 5, 2021 - 8:01:43 AM

1630 posts since 4/25/2007

This uses open back rim brackets that have been threaded to take the tension bolts.

There is a washer between the rim and the bracket to bring them out to the correct position.

It is a 6 string. 5 plus 1. The nut is 1 & 5/8th inches.


Oct 7, 2021 - 8:36:59 AM

1630 posts since 4/25/2007

20 & 1/2 inch scale. Six string is pretty unusual.




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