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May 17, 2022 - 1:37:18 PM
35 posts since 5/24/2009

Just picked this up and plan to refurbish and get it into playing shape as a nylon string frailer. Any idea as to manufacturer and age? 20 brackets; spun over rim in nice shape. Will need to replace veneer where 'star' inlay is. I'm assuming I'll probably need flat hooks. One odd thing: there is no horizontal hole in the dowel stick for bracing hardware but there is a hole in the BOTTOM of the dowel about 3/4" in from the rim - maybe just an angle bracket of some kind? Appreciate the help!


May 17, 2022 - 1:43:27 PM
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342 posts since 8/11/2007

Rettberg & Lange.

May 17, 2022 - 1:55:09 PM
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35 posts since 5/24/2009

Thanks, Clifton! Been watching your vids a lot lately - good stuff. Any idea as to approximate age?

May 17, 2022 - 5:19:35 PM
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9624 posts since 8/28/2013

Rettburg and Lange. the hole in the dowelstick you mention IS for neck attachment hardware, Check photos of SSStewart banjo to see what that "brace" looks like. It's basically a triangular piece of metal, and the neck is pulled tight to the pot with wooden wedges that fit between the brace and the rim.

Best guess of age: 1900-1920.

May 17, 2022 - 10:54:36 PM

4406 posts since 5/29/2011

The neck brace would look something like the one on this Stewart banjo.


 

May 18, 2022 - 6:58:39 AM

35 posts since 5/24/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Culloden

The neck brace would look something like the one on this Stewart banjo.


Thanks! Any idea where I could find a drawing or something? I'm sure an original would be out of my budget so I'll have to try and make one.

May 18, 2022 - 7:38:53 AM

4406 posts since 5/29/2011

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Originally posted by Skip Ellis
quote:
Originally posted by Culloden

The neck brace would look something like the one on this Stewart banjo.


Thanks! Any idea where I could find a drawing or something? I'm sure an original would be out of my budget so I'll have to try and make one.


I'm not sure about a drawing. You might still be able to find an old one. Here are a couple of places to start.

http://4stringbanjos.com

 http://billcampbanjos.com

Edited by - Culloden on 05/18/2022 07:42:30

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