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Apr 1, 2023 - 3:28:39 AM
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68 posts since 11/21/2021

I need some urgent advice and hear that there are lots of experts on this website. I want to know if £200 ($250) is a fair offer for my grandfather’s old banjo. It’s been out of use since he died about sixty years ago but it looks to be in excellent condition, being kept in a case since he bought it about a hundred years ago. My local pawnshop says it’s not worth much because the strings are all rusty, and it has my grandfather’s name inlaid on the neck (the part with the ladder work on it). His name was Tony, but the nameplate reads Mister Tone, so I guess there wasn’t enough to space to have a Y. Could it be worth more as a rarity, since it is neither a four or a five string banjo, but seems to have 4 and a half strings?

Apr 1, 2023 - 4:25:23 AM
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1290 posts since 11/8/2014

Post some photos of the front, back, peghead, side of the pot, and any other photos that you can take, in good light, out of the case on a neutral background, and post them here for identification. The name you posted is the maker of the banjo head, not the banjo.

Apr 1, 2023 - 4:27:31 AM
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6055 posts since 10/12/2009

APRIL'S FOOLS !   smiley

Apr 1, 2023 - 5:44 AM
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6 posts since 11/9/2015

This one smelled funny from the start :^D

Apr 1, 2023 - 9:28:07 AM
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3771 posts since 10/29/2003

I have a Joseph Roger's banjo like this one

Apr 1, 2023 - 10:33 AM
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10485 posts since 8/28/2013

A "Weather King" banjo is slightly more valuable than a "Burger King" banjo. One of my ancestors bought one of those, and although it had a nice, meaty tone, it was soon devoured by the family dog.

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