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May 8, 2022 - 9:40:24 AM
1570 posts since 3/1/2012
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Just got a wooden pot Tilton banjo to go along with my brass pot Tilton.
Patent date is April 24, 1866. The wooden on is serial # 169, which would be late 1860s probably. The brass one is later, serial # 3938, which would be 1870s.
There is an vintage ad in America’s Instrument that indicates both cost $8, a weeks wages at the time!
It says on the inside of the pots that the banjos were manufactured by Bruno & Sons.
Does anyone here know if Bruno actually made their instruments?


May 8, 2022 - 10:33:18 AM

418 posts since 6/26/2011

Hi, I was reading that chapter on the lawn this afternoon. My understanding is that Bruno were wholesalers, but don't quote me there.
Maybe Joel knows?
Cheers from Bill

May 8, 2022 - 1:20:45 PM

4406 posts since 5/29/2011

Bruno & Sons were distributors. Their banjos were made by a number of different builders.

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