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Mar 24, 2022 - 5:11:13 AM
86 posts since 11/10/2021

Hi all! This is a picture of Paddy Lightfoot during the 60s. Can anyone tell me what tenor banjo he is using? Thanks! :)


 

Mar 24, 2022 - 5:28:11 AM
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DSmoke

USA

1191 posts since 11/30/2015

Looks like it could be a Slingerland Troubadour.

Mar 24, 2022 - 6:02:33 AM
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DSmoke

USA

1191 posts since 11/30/2015

It's confirmed in this post
banjohangout.org/topic/382189

Mar 24, 2022 - 6:12:07 AM

86 posts since 11/10/2021

quote:
Originally posted by DSmoke

It's confirmed in this post
banjohangout.org/topic/382189


Thanks!

Mar 24, 2022 - 10:31:59 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26042 posts since 6/25/2005

For those unaware, those banjos have a donut tone ring similar to, but different than, a Dobson donut ring.

Mar 24, 2022 - 3:23:16 PM
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DSmoke

USA

1191 posts since 11/30/2015

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

For those unaware, those banjos have a donut tone ring similar to, but different than, a Dobson donut ring.


Are you sure about that?  I would expect a tone ring like what is on the higher-end models (Nite Hawk, Melody King, etc).  Attached is a picture of the construction.


 

Mar 24, 2022 - 3:51:30 PM

375 posts since 2/11/2009

Slingerland only used the "donut" ring for a few years in the mid-late '20s on their high-end banjos. Early ones had a more conventional tone ring, then they changed to the donut, and then back to a conventional ring again in the '30s - so you never know what you'll get until you look inside.

Mar 24, 2022 - 6:11:45 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26042 posts since 6/25/2005

My answer was based on the one I’ve seen.

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