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Oct 21, 2021 - 9:27:26 PM
20 posts since 9/5/2021

Can’t locate any info about the manufacturer of this Banjo, it’s a 5 string, closed back, hard shell plush lined aluminum reinforced case. The peg head reads Lyre and I’ve never heard of that brand. The case could be newer as I’ve never seen a vintage instrument with a case like that. I’m speculating another Japanese knock off but that’s why I’m asking here. A Violinist friend is looking for something to learn on to expand his musical skills. Does anyone here have a clue? I’ll be posting photos when I get them. Thks and stay safe.

Oct 21, 2021 - 9:47:16 PM

12424 posts since 6/2/2008
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Is it one of the banjos in your photos? If not, post photos so we can see what it is.

Or describe the banjo in more detail: pot construction, tone ring or no, inlay, peghead shape, the works.

The name might well mean nothing and just be a brand applied by an importer onto a mass-produced Asian product.

Oct 22, 2021 - 7:06:29 AM
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AJA

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312 posts since 1/29/2006

My guess is that it is a "Lyle" brand. That was a well-known brand of mass produced Asian musical instruments. They were imported heavily in the 1970's.

Oct 22, 2021 - 7:55:38 AM

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Such as this one, described by the seller as "rare." It's not.

My first banjo was a "Mayfair" similar to this, minus the eagle on back.

These are the most basic of beginners' instruments. Similar construction still made today.

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