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Nov 29, 2021 - 7:50:30 AM
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1632 posts since 12/26/2007

A friend went to look at this Orpheum Brass Band banjo, posting here so it can be added to the Orpheum database.

Appears to be SN 3715.












Nov 29, 2021 - 9:14:09 AM

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I love the snare tailpiece. That has to sound great when playing.

Other than that, a beautiful instrument.

Nov 29, 2021 - 10:22:49 AM

6645 posts since 9/21/2007

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Originally posted by Alvin Conder

I love the snare tailpiece. That has to sound great when playing.

Other than that, a beautiful instrument.


It looks liker part of the Jo-Jazz attachment invented by the music publisher Wm. J. Smith.  There should be more too it that attaches to a hook.  When complete you are able to activate and deactivate it (but not while playing). 

This one is marked "Elton" for L. A. Elkington.  I sure wish I knew the story behind how Elkington ended up with practically all the various banjo accessories invented by other people. 

Nov 29, 2021 - 10:41:20 AM

6645 posts since 9/21/2007

Okay, I just answered my own question. lee Elkington was a metal parts manufacturer that went on a buying spree in the mid-late 1920s. So the answer is that he bought all of the rights and tooling to all those gizmos.

I'm going to take a wild guess and say that he likely got the rest a little after October 1929 for a good price.

Elkington was the inventor of the common harmonica holder.

patents.google.com/patent/US1734799A/en

Nov 29, 2021 - 2:28:30 PM

5068 posts since 3/22/2008

I am unsure about the serial number. Is the first digit a "3" or an "8"?
Would like to enter it into our list in the right spot.

Anyway, attached are the serial numbers we have for the Brass Band so far (not many) and also our date chart to see where these banjos fall date-wise.


Nov 29, 2021 - 2:37:53 PM

1632 posts since 12/26/2007

John - I'll try to contact the owner to confirm the SN.......

Nov 29, 2021 - 4:29:57 PM

5068 posts since 3/22/2008

We don't get the R&L "Orpheum Made By R&L" red-white-blue tag like the one on the OP banjo until SN 4772 in our serial number list. Before that R&L tags were black and white with the name R&L New York and a separate "Orpheum" tag was attached to the dowel.
See attached S/N 2040 for example.


Dec 1, 2021 - 1:28:57 PM

377 posts since 6/26/2011

That SN looks like an eight to me.
Lovely banjo, stunning.
'Scuse the drool.
Bill.

Dec 5, 2021 - 5:47:32 AM

1632 posts since 12/26/2007

quote:
Originally posted by beezaboy

We don't get the R&L "Orpheum Made By R&L" red-white-blue tag like the one on the OP banjo until SN 4772 in our serial number list. Before that R&L tags were black and white with the name R&L New York and a separate "Orpheum" tag was attached to the dowel.
See attached S/N 2040 for example.


SN is 8715

 

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