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Nov 24, 2021 - 7:51:42 PM

Kirrkus

Australia

6 posts since 11/24/2021

Any info on this banjo? Had a hunt around online but can't seem to find much. Bought from a couple that say they had it sitting in their closet unplayed for 40+ years.




 

Nov 24, 2021 - 8:20:51 PM
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esmic

Canada

294 posts since 6/27/2011

This was the next grade below the B&D Silver Bell; the Super came with a Silver Bell tone ring but did not get the Silver Bell's flashier flange and resonator. Made when tenors and plectrums were more popular, the 5 string is fairly rare. Can you post more pics of the inside of the pot? The one photo is so tightly cropped it shows very little of the rim and its hardware.

Made probably 1923-1925. If you provide the serial number on the stick and pot, that would help.

Great player with nylon strings for classic finger style banjo, or metal strings for other styles.

Nov 24, 2021 - 11:18:39 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25395 posts since 6/25/2005

Killer clawhammer instrument.

Nov 25, 2021 - 5:00:37 AM
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1606 posts since 5/19/2018

They are as you now know, very rare, valuable, and from a banjoist perspective, incredible instruments. Yours looks like a especially fine example.

Would love to know how it wound up in Australia.

Nov 25, 2021 - 12:51:04 PM
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306 posts since 2/21/2012

Hello Kirkuss, I just happen to own the TWIN to yours, here in the UK.
I bought it many years ago, I think on EBay in the early years ?
It arrived through the post from Australia in its original case , from
Perth, with NO packing what so ever, just in the case, which wasn’t even locked,
And just had an address label stuck on the case !!
NO damage at all !
Hard to believe I know, but is there a lesson to be learned here ??
Keith

Nov 25, 2021 - 4:11:17 PM

Kirrkus

Australia

6 posts since 11/24/2021

quote:
Originally posted by esmic

This was the next grade below the B&D Silver Bell; the Super came with a Silver Bell tone ring but did not get the Silver Bell's flashier flange and resonator. Made when tenors and plectrums were more popular, the 5 string is fairly rare. Can you post more pics of the inside of the pot? The one photo is so tightly cropped it shows very little of the rim and its hardware.

Made probably 1923-1925. If you provide the serial number on the stick and pot, that would help.

Great player with nylon strings for classic finger style banjo, or metal strings for other styles.


Hi Esmic, appreciate the info. The serial number is "20207", also has "STYLE A" on the stick.




Nov 25, 2021 - 4:28:13 PM

Kirrkus

Australia

6 posts since 11/24/2021

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Killer clawhammer instrument.


Not wrong there Bill. Sounds great with the picks on but she really sings when I play clawhammer on her. 

Nov 25, 2021 - 4:29 PM
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esmic

Canada

294 posts since 6/27/2011

The tone ring and hardware look right. Next grade up from Style A is A1, which has a carved heel. The top grade is Deluxe and has carved heel, bound peg head and gold plated hardware.

SN 20207 dates to 1926
acoustudio.dk/BD_and_Bacon_database.html

Nov 25, 2021 - 5:06:06 PM

Kirrkus

Australia

6 posts since 11/24/2021

quote:
Originally posted by Alvin Conder

They are as you now know, very rare, valuable, and from a banjoist perspective, incredible instruments. Yours looks like a especially fine example.

Would love to know how it wound up in Australia.


Thank you Alvin. Banjos seem to be few and far between in this part of the world, I've only ever seen mass produced asian models for sale locally so it was a real joy to find this old banjo and it plays beautifully.

Had a poke around through the digitized aus newspapers online and found a "Bacon Super Banjo" advertised privately in the classifieds in my state in late 1928. No way of confirming it was the same one of course but perhaps points to it arriving here early on? Regardless, would love to know its story, certainly seems like an unlikely place for a banjo to end up.

Nov 25, 2021 - 6:37:18 PM

Kirrkus

Australia

6 posts since 11/24/2021

quote:
Originally posted by esmic

The tone ring and hardware look right. Next grade up from Style A is A1, which has a carved heel. The top grade is Deluxe and has carved heel, bound peg head and gold plated hardware.

SN 20207 dates to 1926
acoustudio.dk/BD_and_Bacon_database.html


Wow- you're a gem mate, can't thank you enough.

Nov 25, 2021 - 6:57:55 PM

Kirrkus

Australia

6 posts since 11/24/2021

quote:
Originally posted by banjowilly22

Hello Kirkuss, I just happen to own the TWIN to yours, here in the UK.
I bought it many years ago, I think on EBay in the early years ?
It arrived through the post from Australia in its original case , from
Perth, with NO packing what so ever, just in the case, which wasn’t even locked,
And just had an address label stuck on the case !!
NO damage at all !
Hard to believe I know, but is there a lesson to be learned here ??
Keith


Thanks Keith, that's incredible! The pair must have a story to tell. Glad it survived the voyage.

Nov 26, 2021 - 6:55:16 AM

3946 posts since 3/28/2008

Pretty amazing story. A wise (?) man once told me, "Don't count on being lucky."

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