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Oct 26, 2021 - 12:43:08 PM
364 posts since 1/26/2020

Anyone ever owned or played a Tilton banjo?

elderly.com/products/c-bruno-a...553805503

I also found this archived discussion on Tilton's 1866 improvement for tightening the head. Thought it would be an interesting topic to refresh. It seems there's not much known about the guy other than he made guitars and banjos in New York, and later was seen in Boston.

I've read some other stuff in a few other archived threads on here. Seems an interesting banjo.

Blaine

Oct 26, 2021 - 12:45:09 PM

364 posts since 1/26/2020

Just found this to go with it.

angelfire.com/nc2/dulcijo/tiltonpage.html

Blaine

Oct 26, 2021 - 1:39:54 PM

1595 posts since 5/19/2018

I have never played one though I have seen a few of them come up for sale. The one at Elderly really is the nicest one I have seen.

There have been a few threads here on the hangout over the past decade about these banjos. Most of the threads focus on what a pain in the a— it is to put a new head on.

Looks like a really nice example of an early banjo type. Price seems fair also.

Oct 26, 2021 - 2:08:12 PM
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129 posts since 7/27/2006

Recently sold my metal clad Tilton but still have the wood rimed version, soon to be demonstrated on my YouTube channel. Both are rare. They sound warm and thumpy.. fretless.

Oct 26, 2021 - 2:08:26 PM
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1493 posts since 3/1/2012

I bought one about a year ago. Beautiful instrument. Luckily I did not have to put a new head on.

Edited by - IMBanjoJim on 10/26/2021 14:15:17

Oct 27, 2021 - 3:52:39 AM

364 posts since 1/26/2020

IMBanjoJim , do you have a video playing your Tilton on Youtube?

Blaine

Oct 27, 2021 - 8:21:09 AM
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1493 posts since 3/1/2012

Blaine—I’d have to check, but I don’t believe I got around to doing a video yet.

Oct 27, 2021 - 8:57:30 PM

143 posts since 12/6/2019

I played one at Bernunzio, maybe 2 years ago. Blew me away. Flush fret, all brass rim with wood (I think?) tone ring/tension system. Sounded clear and bell like but maybe a little quiet overall. I was there for parts to fix up a beater and wasn't flush with cash at the time or I'd have bought it. Definitely the type of instrument I'd want to play before buying especially at the price elderly is asking. I think the one at bernunzio was in the 600-800 range if I'm remembering correctly

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