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Nov 5, 2022 - 6:57:36 PM
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I bought this tenor today,never seen anything quite like it. A friend who was born in Germany says the writing is a combination of Swedish,Latin and German. The head is a little under 10.5”
It’s really well built and in great shape.
There’s a few more pics and a couple of the original case in my “Paramount” folder.










Nov 5, 2022 - 7:46:28 PM
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3063 posts since 3/30/2008

...Back of resonator says, "Everyone sees what you appear to be, only a few sense what you really are".
(Niccolo Machiavelli)

This banjo player was obviously also a philosopher.

Edited by - tdennis on 11/05/2022 19:47:52

Nov 5, 2022 - 10:42:10 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11671 posts since 6/29/2003

It certainly has the look of a German (East or West) made instrument. Never seen one like that before.

Nov 6, 2022 - 4:52:44 AM

2082 posts since 5/19/2018

Never seen one like that before. Probably 1960’s.

German - Banjo player - Fan of The Prince , interesting combination.

Nov 6, 2022 - 5:44:21 AM
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Emiel

Austria

10265 posts since 1/22/2003

Concerning the writing: I only see Latin and German.

Nov 6, 2022 - 6:00:37 AM

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I notice that I have a different banjo in the first picture. Fumbly fingers I guess.
Thanks for the replies.

Nov 6, 2022 - 6:30:56 AM

4431 posts since 3/28/2008

The would-be Latin "In magnus est voluisse" is a butchering of the actual quotation, which is "In magnis et voluisse sat est" ("In great matters, even to have been willing").

Nov 6, 2022 - 6:58:31 AM

2082 posts since 5/19/2018

Banjo most likely came from somewhere around Heidelberg.

Nov 6, 2022 - 9:04:10 AM
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Emiel

Austria

10265 posts since 1/22/2003

"Everybody sees what you appear to be. Only few feel what you are."

Edited by - Emiel on 11/06/2022 09:04:40

Nov 6, 2022 - 11:08:57 AM
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Jbo1

USA

1205 posts since 5/19/2007

Boy, that seems to apply to almost all banjo players!

Nov 7, 2022 - 7:11:15 AM
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4431 posts since 3/28/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Ira Gitlin

The would-be Latin "In magnus est voluisse" is a butchering of the actual quotation, which is "In magnis et voluisse sat est" ("In great matters, even to have been willing").


Oops--I didn't finish the translation. It should have been, "In great matters, it is enough even to have been willing."

Nov 7, 2022 - 7:40:49 PM

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I tinkered on the banjo today,replaced the tuners with some that would hold tension,got the action tolerable,and gave it to a friend who’s a lady who was born in Germany. She already plays guitar pretty well so she’ll take right to it.
She seemed quite pleased. Her husband has to arise at 4:30 to work so he has to hit the rack pretty early,I hope I didn’t cause any marital problems. ??

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