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Jan 25, 2023 - 9:48:46 AM
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295 posts since 11/4/2009

Next in the queue for restoration is this Daniels patent banjo. I'm assuming was built March 1900

Jan 25, 2023 - 11:44:30 AM

1469 posts since 1/9/2012


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.

Jan 25, 2023 - 11:54:05 AM

7424 posts since 9/21/2007

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.

Jan 25, 2023 - 12:41:53 PM

295 posts since 11/4/2009

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

Jan 25, 2023 - 1:57:47 PM

1039 posts since 10/31/2007

That is a pip!
Look forward to seeing and hearing it done.
Thanks for posting.

Jan 28, 2023 - 8:26:39 AM
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443 posts since 8/9/2022

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

Jan 28, 2023 - 11:03:02 AM
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10289 posts since 1/22/2003

Spectacular banjo… And an early top-tension design.

Jan 28, 2023 - 12:54:24 PM
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Are there "hot, dry attics" in London?

Jan 29, 2023 - 5:46:34 AM
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295 posts since 11/4/2009

Originally posted by Jbo1

Are there "hot, dry attics" in London?

Only in the summer 

Jan 30, 2023 - 3:39:55 PM



159 posts since 8/30/2009

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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