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Aug 7, 2022 - 2:18:42 PM
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2 posts since 8/7/2022

I friend left with me this 19 fret tenor banjo. I think he'd like to sell it. I have no idea who the maker was or what the value could be. I think it may be a Lange-Craft. It has mother of pearl all along the the neck and head stock. It's a nice looking instrument but it's not in great shape. The bridge and head seem to be original as they have the Lange-Craft logo. The tail piece is stamped Waverly. The resonator has decorations on it. The finish is rough. I can't find any other name or trademarks. I can't find any pictures on line that look like this model banjo. Any help would be most appreciated.


Aug 7, 2022 - 2:25:09 PM
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5198 posts since 3/22/2008

Welcome to banjohangout. Your banjo is an early to mid 1930's Lang-Kraft tenor banjo manufactured by Wm. L. Lange at his factory in New York City. I'll look to see if I have more information and, if so, will add info.

Aug 7, 2022 - 3:31:38 PM

5198 posts since 3/22/2008

Well, I began by messing up the name of your banjo. As you pointed out it is a "Lange-Craft" although I did not know Lange-Craft banjos had a particular logo. I did find some information. First, attached is Lange-Craft with the brand name appearing on the peghead to confirm identity though a different model than yours. Also attached is a Lange-Craft which may be a Model 14. We only get 3 photos so I'll continue below.


Aug 7, 2022 - 3:47:44 PM

5198 posts since 3/22/2008

Attached are 1935 Metropolitan catalog and 1931 Buegeleisen & Jacobson catalog Lange-Craft pages. I didn't find an exact match to your banjo and the "modern art" resonator design. My interest in all this was the Lange rim and flange which was used on other branded banjos. I recently sold several of this type Lange rim/flange banjos on ebay and there wasn't much interest. $150 to $250 range for me. I don't know specifically about Lange-Craft sales but since your banjo is unbranded it probably will not receive a great deal of interest.


Aug 7, 2022 - 5:15:12 PM
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10013 posts since 8/28/2013

Probably made by Lange for a wholesaler/distributor; thus no "Lange" logo. You mention a tailpiece, but I don't see one.

If you remove the resonator (the round wooden back) you may find more info inside, either on the rim, or the wooden dowelstick.

Aug 8, 2022 - 6:52:40 AM

2 posts since 8/7/2022

Thank you so much for the info. I wish I could add more pictures but the help this forum has given me has answered most of my questions.

Aug 8, 2022 - 11:20:33 AM

12348 posts since 10/27/2006

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Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

Probably made by Lange for a wholesaler/distributor; thus no "Lange" logo. You mention a tailpiece, but I don't see one.

If you remove the resonator (the round wooden back) you may find more info inside, either on the rim, or the wooden dowelstick.


You can see the edge of a Waverly tailpiece in one of the pictures. From the catalog pages, it's pretty clear this is original to the banjo.

I don't recall the original Waverly model # but this is the 'piece that, with a middle hole and without its original cover, morphed into the current P-117 Waverly "Old Style" repro.

Edited by - mikehalloran on 08/08/2022 11:34:00

Aug 8, 2022 - 12:26:32 PM
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10013 posts since 8/28/2013

The tailpiece is so far to the edge, it's no wonder I didn't see it.

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