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Dec 5, 2022 - 9:26:27 AM
39 posts since 5/15/2022

Hi Everyone,

I have an Orpheum No. 1 and the inlays are browned and not shiny. I have read about razor blade treatment and white compound polish for it.

That being said, is there anything else I should know? I assume it being a 100 year old banjo that it is mother of pearl.

ebay.com/itm/266016760444 - This is the one I bought. Any help is appreciated.

All the best,

Gavin

Dec 5, 2022 - 10:57:58 AM

1499 posts since 10/5/2006

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Originally posted by gavinbanjo

Hi Everyone,

I have an Orpheum No. 1 and the inlays are browned and not shiny. I have read about razor blade treatment and white compound polish for it.

That being said, is there anything else I should know? I assume it being a 100 year old banjo that it is mother of pearl.

ebay.com/itm/266016760444 - This is the one I bought. Any help is appreciated.

All the best,

Gavin


The inlays in your Orpheum are red abalone not white mother-of-pearl.  Abalone is generally darker and more figured, but these look like they could be cleaned up.

Dec 5, 2022 - 11:39:20 AM

544 posts since 11/9/2021

most 90+ yr old banjos show discoloring of the inlays because the shellac or varnish is turning brown with age, and chipping off too. No idea how to rejuvenate or repair and I hesitate to give my thoughts, lest a banjo get ruined!

Dec 5, 2022 - 3:09:01 PM

DSmoke

USA

1285 posts since 11/30/2015

Does it look like the fingerboard was sealed with something? It appears a little shiny. What are the 2 lines on the back of the neck near the peghead? At first, it looked like a break, but maybe just a tape mark?

That's a great price for that banjo, awesome machines for Irish tunes.

Dec 5, 2022 - 4:18:05 PM
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staceyz

Canada

167 posts since 5/30/2010

It looks like someone took a brush and gave the whole banjo a "coat" , including the fingerboard. I would take some 0000 steel wool and work the fingerboard pretty good to remove the finish, and the inlays will clean up and be bright.

Dec 5, 2022 - 7:01:33 PM

Bart Veerman

Canada

5371 posts since 1/5/2005

To be sure, I'm only asking, not at all suggesting:

would tooth paste be appropriate for this purpose?

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