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Oct 25, 2021 - 12:15:57 PM
180 posts since 8/12/2019

Anyone by chance have a reference source for classic inlay designs? I’m picturing a PDF or something that would have a collection of historical patterns for reference, reproduction, and inspiration.

If there isn’t one, can we start one? It’d be nice if it were an ongoing project. Just a thought.

I started wondering after watching this video:

m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry9ymXcyCEs

She just put necks right on a copy machine... If anyone by chance has a collection of similar copies it’d be invaluable to digitize them!

Oct 25, 2021 - 12:58:36 PM
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Oct 25, 2021 - 1:52:12 PM
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RioStat

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5625 posts since 10/12/2009

Something like this?   https://luthiersupply.com/Banjo-inlays.html

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Oct 25, 2021 - 3:07:34 PM
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Helix

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ken Levan there is an error in your link

Eric Sullivan of Sullivan Banjo co had published 3 pamphlets of these when they were First Quality
I own them. Contact him and see if he still has copies
You make Xerox copies and cut them out
But using the neck is pretty crafty
Which ones are you after?

sounds like you are looking to form an interest group for preservation   Good idea

Edited by - Helix on 10/25/2021 15:10:14

Oct 25, 2021 - 5:44:58 PM

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Originally posted by Helix


 

ken Levan there is an error in your link

Eric Sullivan of Sullivan Banjo co had published 3 pamphlets of these when they were First Quality
I own them. Contact him and see if he still has copies
You make Xerox copies and cut them out
But using the neck is pretty crafty
Which ones are you after?

sounds like you are looking to form an interest group for preservation   Good idea


Apparently, Steve Senerchia, of the bad link I posted has died.

Years back he sold a DVD with a PDF, called "Music Man Steve" with many many banjo inlay patterns, which I bought.

Here's an example—one page from the PDF. If you could find whoever has taken this over—maybe from the phone number (?), it's a wealth of info from a lifetime of him collecting these images— he apparently was an instrument dealer and would document every interesting instrument that came into his shop.

Oct 25, 2021 - 6:03:51 PM
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TLG

USA

1601 posts since 10/11/2004

Sorry to hear about Steve, I purchased his patterns also.
Tom

Oct 25, 2021 - 7:03:12 PM

roydsjr

USA

749 posts since 5/17/2007

I believe I have that DVD of the music man that Ken mentioned too! I forgot about it really!

Oct 25, 2021 - 7:42:05 PM
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I like that Steve thinks he has a copyright on designs from 120 years ago. If a photo copy is not a "slavish copy", I'm not sure what is.

That said, it is possible that the work/collection in total could qualify for a derivative copyright which would only cover substantial editorial changes or additions. In the page given as example, that would only be the description and letter head. The fingerboard/ peghead design would be in public domain.

Oct 25, 2021 - 7:50:42 PM
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Oct 26, 2021 - 9:49:34 AM

180 posts since 8/12/2019

Thanks for the responses all! I got in touch with Steve—or at least someone from the link who signed his name Steve in an email. (I’m in the awkward place now of my thread bringing into question whether someone is still alive or not—seems appropriate for the Halloween season...)

The pearl supply catalog above is also a wonderful resource. It even includes some measurements for sizing reference. I learned a good bit about pearl work by browsing their site too—very cool.

I think it would be quite worthwhile to start an open source / public domain collection of these style of neck copies. Especially where there are engravings that tend to wear away, examples could be invaluable. “InlayArchive.pdf” just seems like a document that should exist. Maybe I’ll circle back and try to rally takers from the forum here at some point. Or if someone else ever wants to run with it, I wouldn’t complain!

Much appreciated, once again!

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