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Old-School Browsing - Buckbee

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May 21, 2022 - 8:14:47 AM
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5291 posts since 5/9/2007

Went to browse at a local antique store. Thought I might find an interesting bottle or two. I recently started making terrariums from native plants I find on walks.

On the way in to browse I said to my wife, "You know, I never see any cool banjos at these places."

Ten minutes later ...






May 21, 2022 - 8:23:50 AM

688 posts since 6/6/2007

Did ya buy it?

May 21, 2022 - 8:31:06 AM

288 posts since 11/4/2012

I have one very similar to that one,did you buy it?

May 21, 2022 - 10:04:35 AM

5291 posts since 5/9/2007

quote:
Originally posted by DH#52

Did ya buy it?


Uhhhh ...

May 21, 2022 - 10:10:07 AM

5291 posts since 5/9/2007

quote:
Originally posted by roadkingjimmy

I have one very similar to that one,did you buy it?


... no.

But I got a couple'a bottles.


 

May 21, 2022 - 10:12:38 AM

5291 posts since 5/9/2007

Thought I’d go back and take a critical look.
It has some condition issues that may make that price a bit too steep.

May 21, 2022 - 10:16:16 AM

5291 posts since 5/9/2007

Looks to be mostly original.

May 21, 2022 - 9:19:47 PM

5291 posts since 5/9/2007

I went back today.

The banjo is in pretty bad shape.

The neck is twisted.

The pot is out of round. 10-1/2 inch by 9-3/4 inch.

The fretboard is deeply grooved and deteriorating. Someone slathered a thick layer of black paint(?) on it in an attempt to reconstitute it.

Two of the tuners barely turn and the fifth slips.

Other minor issues exist.

I had to take a pass … sad.

Edited by - mrphysics55 on 05/21/2022 21:20:33

May 21, 2022 - 9:52:35 PM

5291 posts since 5/9/2007

Always happy to see a 9th fret marker.

May 23, 2022 - 1:13 PM
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342 posts since 8/11/2007

It's probably worth $400 at least. Looks like it was made in Chicago 1880s-1890s.

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May 24, 2022 - 8:57:13 AM
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2330 posts since 1/4/2009

its an antique store you can usually make an offer at aplace like that, i had a booth at one, they usually take 10% off just asking, and will always call a vendor with an offer.

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