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Oct 20, 2021 - 2:23:30 PM
6 posts since 10/20/2021

I acquired this banjo in the early 1970s in Providence, RI, any information will be appreciated




Oct 20, 2021 - 2:40:44 PM

14324 posts since 10/30/2008

Some pix of the back and insides will help the experts ID your banjo.

Oct 20, 2021 - 2:58:57 PM
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TLG

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1601 posts since 10/11/2004

Slingerland

Oct 20, 2021 - 4:29:49 PM
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RioStat

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5636 posts since 10/12/2009

That old "large crown" Remo head on it is worth some $$ on it's own

Whats the diameter of the head?

Oct 20, 2021 - 4:45:55 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by RioStat

That old "large crown" Remo head on it is worth some $$ on it's own

Whats the diameter of the head?


Unfortunately because the banjo is likely a Slingerland with a 10-3/4" diameter rim, the large crown logoed Remo head does not have exceptional value.

 

Bob Smakula

Oct 20, 2021 - 5:49:43 PM

6 posts since 10/20/2021

Hey thanks for the replies, I additionally uploaded a side phot and the back, that shows a handwritten notation that says 10 3/4

Oct 20, 2021 - 5:56:39 PM

6 posts since 10/20/2021

Photo added of bridge


 

Oct 20, 2021 - 6:06:30 PM

6 posts since 10/20/2021

any idea of how old this banjo is?

Oct 20, 2021 - 6:34:16 PM

290 posts since 2/11/2009

Early-mid '20s.

Oct 20, 2021 - 6:39:08 PM

9095 posts since 8/28/2013

17 fret tenor banjo made by Slingerland most likely in the 1920's. That's about as close as you can get ondate of manufacture because the company never used serial numbers.

It may say Slingerland on the wooden "dowelstick" inside, but could say nothing at all, or could say a host of other names, like "Concertone," "Washington," or others.

Oct 20, 2021 - 6:40:50 PM

5056 posts since 3/22/2008

Yours is an open-back 17 fret tenor banjo.
Going by Slingerland history I'd estimate 1925 or a little earlier for your Slingerland.
In late 1925 Slingerland was about the business of introducing its 19 fret resonator May-Bell banjo line and by 1926 was completely concentrating its efforts at making and selling the May-Bell line of 19 fret tenors.

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