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Aug 12, 2022 - 2:16:55 PM

rmcdow

USA

1203 posts since 11/8/2014

Here is an ebay listing that appears to have springs and balls for the Gibson ball bearing banjo. Someone more familiar with what they look like may want to confirm this, or if you have one with missing parts, take a look.

ebay.com/itm/234653588661?hash...wBGhi8oqc

Aug 12, 2022 - 2:50:46 PM

1971 posts since 5/19/2018

Rives- looks like an a accumulation of parts from pre 1925 BB given the other parts.

Don’t know if those springs are interchangeable with 1925 and after.

Interesting collection of bridges.

Aug 12, 2022 - 3:13:40 PM

10017 posts since 8/28/2013

Lots of stuff, some of which is trash. I would not trust the springs and balls without having a genuine handy for comparison. A couple od interesting bridges, but I can't tell much about condition. That circular badge may not even be from a banjo. The Wills-St.Claire automobile used a circular emblem featuring a bird in flight.

For $ 10 bucks, it would be worth taking a chance, but not for very much more.

Aug 12, 2022 - 10:53:21 PM
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TN Time

USA

351 posts since 12/6/2021

The bridges I can see all look like they are for 4 string banjos.
Robert

Aug 13, 2022 - 7:14:47 AM

rmcdow

USA

1203 posts since 11/8/2014

quote:
Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

Lots of stuff, some of which is trash. I would not trust the springs and balls without having a genuine handy for comparison. A couple od interesting bridges, but I can't tell much about condition. That circular badge may not even be from a banjo. The Wills-St.Claire automobile used a circular emblem featuring a bird in flight.

For $ 10 bucks, it would be worth taking a chance, but not for very much more.


That is interesting about the Wills-St. Claire emblem.  I never heard of that automobile, but looking up the emblem, it appears that the badge in the auction is one of those for the radiator.  They sell on ebay for $25 and up.

I thought I saw bearings in that batch, but mistook an acorn nut for one.  I don't see any bearings, just springs.  

Aug 13, 2022 - 8:02:12 AM

10017 posts since 8/28/2013

n my opinion, even those springs are suspect. They look too small, and one differs from the others.
Those durned acorn nuts fool you every time. I may leave a few out for the squirrels.

Aug 13, 2022 - 11:11:07 AM

12351 posts since 10/27/2006

The broken Waverly tailpiece cover might be of mild interest if silver-soldered but it will never not look broken and repaired.

Aug 13, 2022 - 1:44:20 PM
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10017 posts since 8/28/2013

I don't want a broken tailpiece, even soldered.

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