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Oct 21, 2021 - 10:48:45 PM

Frank W

Spain

14 posts since 9/23/2019

Hi there!. I need some advice on this banjo. I've found it for sale, here in Spain, and I can't barely find any information about this resonator model. The shop is a cash converters (these guys don't know anything about banjos) and it's not in my town so I can't see the banjo personally. I have 14 days of guarantee but I have to pay the shipping cost if I decided to return it. Do you think it's worth buying it?. They're asking for 314 €.
Here's the link:
milanuncios.com/otros-instrume...21953.htm

Thanks in advance.

Edited by - Frank W on 10/21/2021 23:32:33

Oct 22, 2021 - 12:57:09 AM

2057 posts since 2/4/2013

In good condition it's a decent price. Depends if you want a vintage banjo which I guess should have nylon strings. You can see the open in some detail on the Eagle Music site, which they sold for £499 which I guess is about 600 euros. It looks like it has flange plates (one plate per hook) and the resonator is held on by two screws.

eaglemusicshop.com/prod/Used-B...ntage.htm

Oct 22, 2021 - 1:00:47 AM

Frank W

Spain

14 posts since 9/23/2019

Thanks Graham. I read that (it's the only information I could find), but the pegs looks different. There are the five pegs in the peghead. I suppose it's a different model.

Edited by - Frank W on 10/22/2021 01:06:19

Oct 22, 2021 - 1:57:51 AM

2057 posts since 2/4/2013

I assume the five tuners means it has a tunnelled fifth string. There is a picture here but no other information.

vintagebanjomaker.com/windsor-...594323587

Oct 22, 2021 - 2:01:16 AM

Frank W

Spain

14 posts since 9/23/2019

Thanks again Graham!.

Oct 22, 2021 - 2:16:37 AM

2057 posts since 2/4/2013

Here are some really good pictures and information and shows the tunneled fifth string going to the central tuner. This one is dated and looks similar to the one you are looking at.

vintageandmodernguitars.co.uk/...or-banjo/

Edited by - GrahamHawker on 10/22/2021 02:17:26

Oct 22, 2021 - 2:38:07 AM

Frank W

Spain

14 posts since 9/23/2019

Yes. Tailpice and back different but quite similar. I'd rather prefer steel string than nylgut. I have a fretless banjo with nylgut and I'm looking for some fretted and steel sound. Do you think could be a problem maintain steel strings?.
Thanks again.

Oct 22, 2021 - 3:02:59 AM

Frank W

Spain

14 posts since 9/23/2019

quote:
Originally posted by FRANKIE WINDMILL

Yes. Tailpice and back different but quite similar. I'd rather prefer steel string than nylgut. I have a fretless banjo with nylgut and I'm looking for some fretted and steel sound. Do you think could be a problem maintain steel strings?.
Thanks again. Honestly I was thinking of buying a recording king OT25 until I've seen this so... I know they're quite different... but I love old stuff!  :)


Oct 22, 2021 - 4:07:06 AM

2057 posts since 2/4/2013

I'm no expert but they would have been built for gut strings and there's no tension rod in the neck. I'll let the experts give a definitive answer.

Oct 22, 2021 - 1:36:38 PM
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Bart Veerman

Canada

5074 posts since 1/5/2005

I have one of those with a resonator. The tailpiece on the pic link above is different though.

I've had it for many, many years - steel strung (10, 12, 14, 22, 10) and the neck is perfectly straight. I changed the neck angle as the original bridge height, 3/8", didn't work for me.

Scroll down to Riverdale on my home page, I recorded that tune playing that Windsor:

https://www.banjohangout.org/myhangout/music.asp?id=5526

Oct 22, 2021 - 10:53:38 PM

Frank W

Spain

14 posts since 9/23/2019

Bart thanks a lot.

Oct 23, 2021 - 8:11:36 AM

Bart Veerman

Canada

5074 posts since 1/5/2005

Keep in mind though that banjo from this era can be quite unpredictable. The neck on this one is nice and thin, they were "mass" produced so you mileage may definitely vary. Starting off with nylons to see what happens probably is the best way to go.

Oct 23, 2021 - 1:41:50 PM

Frank W

Spain

14 posts since 9/23/2019

Ok. I'll keep it in mind. Thanks again Bart.

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