flatfootjohnny : Do you aim for "like new" or just playable? For example, I don't see anything in that cracked fret board that impacts playability. (The frets could use a polishing in any case.)
I'd love to see it when it's done.
It looks like it was stored dry and hot, like in an attic. I don't see any problem replacing the fingerboard and salvaging the inlay. I would bet that the fingerboard has come loose in spots.
I've got a feeling the fretboard will crumble off. Its looking very ropey in places. So I'll probably replace. Neck shrinkage has caused the frets to stick out of the sides by around 1/2 mm each side. They seem like very fat frets for the age of the banjo. The metal body is in amazing condition. No dents or scratches... almost as if it sounded awful and it was put away as soon as possible lol
That is a pip!
Look forward to seeing and hearing it done.
Thanks for posting.
Nice. There's been a few of these Daniels patented banjos up for sale recently. Not having played a banjo with a tunnelled drone string I'm curious if the tone and feel of a tunnelled and longer string differs from a short string?
Edited by - quartertoner on 01/28/2023 08:28:20
Spectacular banjo… And an early top-tension design.
Are there "hot, dry attics" in London?
Daniels made another banjo with an alloy neck and a very modern designed peghead which I believe was intended for use in India which I guess had many hot dry attics :-). the alloy was almost entirely resistant to the endemic boring insects !
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