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I need a lot of help identifying this banjo okie Adams and ken orrick

Oct 12, 2021 - 5:24:29 PM
5 posts since 10/12/2021

Im attaching the pictures and my story with how I got it I don’t know anything other than basic information about banjos, my name is clayton orrick my dad was ken orrick, He played guitar and sang for lost highway bluegrass band and was friends with okie Adams so when I was just a kid okie was always around festivals and all the hot rod stuff anyway one day okie saw me with my dads guitar and from that point he was destined to get me to repel from guitar Haha because he noticed “It wasnt a banjo and that banjo was the rite instrument for me” so for my birthday on March 12 he gave me this I need help idk what to do with it I wanna start playing it with my son I just got it back into my hands


 

Edited by - clayton_orrick on 10/12/2021 17:27:20

Oct 12, 2021 - 5:29:30 PM

117 posts since 12/19/2017

Nice story but now we need pictures to help you out. Take a lot from many angles. Tuners front and back. Back of the banjo. Pictures of as many parts and identifying marks will help.

Oct 12, 2021 - 6:45:21 PM

2801 posts since 3/30/2008

What is your take on the large block of wood at the neck joint ?  What makes this  instrument special ?  It looks like the simplest kind of kit banjo imaginable.

Edited by - tdennis on 10/12/2021 18:48:54

Oct 12, 2021 - 6:50:37 PM

6654 posts since 9/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by tdennis

What is your take on the large block of wood at the neck joint ?  What makes this  instrument special ?  It looks like the simplest kind of kit banjo imaginable.


Do you mean the sponge? 

Edited by - Joel Hooks on 10/12/2021 18:50:46

Oct 12, 2021 - 6:53:37 PM

6654 posts since 9/21/2007

The banjo looks like those sold as "Banjo-Tam" excluding the tambourine feature. Search "Banjo-Tam" and you will be able to track down the guy that imports these.

Oct 12, 2021 - 6:56:31 PM

5 posts since 10/12/2021

quote:
Originally posted by woodchips

Nice story but now we need pictures to help you out. Take a lot from many angles. Tuners front and back. Back of the banjo. Pictures of as many parts and identifying marks will help.


Oct 12, 2021 - 7:02:34 PM

5 posts since 10/12/2021

i am uploading more rite now, i am just making sure this method of uploading works first post on here. Also for anyone that might wonder why or my intensions from here is just for me and my wife to identify what exactly it is and i wanted to take pictures of everything before i cleaned it up so from here im looking for accurate history any advice on opinions of restoring it myself and teaching my son how to play it.

Oct 12, 2021 - 7:17:52 PM

2801 posts since 3/30/2008

it already seems to be in nice shape, & read to go. A quick cleaning w/ a damp cloth may be all that is needed. Final setup is a bit of an art, & the BHO has a lot of advice in the archive section.

Oct 12, 2021 - 7:45:50 PM

58622 posts since 12/14/2005

Looks like a banjo tam to me.

Could be something similar, made from a tunable hand drum, and NOT made BY Banjo-Tam.

Like this:

I've made a couple, over the years.

Oct 12, 2021 - 8:08:51 PM

5 posts since 10/12/2021

Oct 12, 2021 - 8:15:20 PM

5 posts since 10/12/2021

he gave it to me personally at a festival and claimed he made it and this was okie jr im talking about jim

Oct 13, 2021 - 6:47:27 AM

beegee

USA

22563 posts since 7/6/2005

What is there to know? It's value lies in the sentimental attachment you have to it. Wikipedia claims okie was an "expert banjo builder." There is nothing about this banjo that indicates it was made by an expert. It is an inexpensive kit banjo.

Oct 13, 2021 - 10:45:22 AM

rmcdow

USA

1053 posts since 11/8/2014
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quote:
Originally posted by beegee

What is there to know? It's value lies in the sentimental attachment you have to it. Wikipedia claims okie was an "expert banjo builder." There is nothing about this banjo that indicates it was made by an expert. It is an inexpensive kit banjo.


This was his second banjo, from the serial number on it.  All banjo makers are going to have a second banjo:<).

Oct 13, 2021 - 11:10:29 AM

Jbo1

USA

1088 posts since 5/19/2007

According to another website "Earl scrubs had one of his banjos he's well-known in the Bluegrass industry and was good friends with David Lindley."

So, if we could just find and talk to "Earl scrubs" we might find out more about the banjo.

Oct 13, 2021 - 11:15:11 AM

Jbo1

USA

1088 posts since 5/19/2007

Actually he sounds like he was quite the character. His banjos certainly were colorful. Here's a previous link about one of his banjos: <banjohangout.org/archive/292823>

Oct 13, 2021 - 11:33:37 AM

Jbo1

USA

1088 posts since 5/19/2007

Another link, this one to Okie Jr. (Jim). <banjohangout.org/archive/120986>

Okie Sr. was known for his banjo making, and particularly for his dropped axels on hot rods. Jr. was known for playing ban-tams. There is a YouTube video of him playing one. That is what was given to the OP. Don't know if Jr. made this one, but he wasn't known as a luthier like his dad.

Nov 12, 2021 - 4:50:56 PM

7 posts since 11/11/2021

There seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding Oakie Adams sr. and Tom Norwood , (his short time partner ) in the banjo building business. I don't have a lot of information on them, but I know a little. I have a Tom Norwood/Oakie Adams Gibson copy banjo , vintage 1975 which I bought from Ken Orric and his partner Steve Lienan in 1977. They both owned a music store in Anaheim and then Yorba Linda called the Front Porch Music Co. I did some FPMC t-shirts for them at the time. Tom Norwood built some beautiful banjos back then , 10 to be exact , and I am blessed to have one. I got a chance to talk to Oakie on the phone several years back and he told me about his partnership with Tom and some details about banjo construction that they employed. He also told me the back story of Tom's change of address and helped me track him down so I could get more info. on my Norwood banjo. I had the priveledge of seeing Kenny Orric and Lost Highway perform at two different venues in the Sacramento area before he passed away. They sure had a great band ! I was sorry to see him go, but glad to have known him while he was here. Oh , btw , the banjo in my thumbnail is the Norwood banjo. If I can help in any other way feel free to call me. 916) 531-0866

Nov 13, 2021 - 4:47:08 AM
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Helix

USA

15035 posts since 8/30/2006

That is no longer a kit banjo, it would just lie there in pieces.

For me the value is in who did this, not what.

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