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Dec 4, 2023 - 2:49:28 PM
3 posts since 12/4/2023

Hi all, I'm new to the forum and am hoping I'm posting in the right place. I have a tenor banjo from Liberty Musical Instrument Corp that I'm curious about the value of. From the research I've done, it looks like the company made banjos for one year in 1926 before going bankrupt. The finish on the banjo is a little worn from previously being in a humid environment. Thanks in advance for your advice.

Edited by - mlcasanova on 12/04/2023 14:51:41

Dec 4, 2023 - 6:34:52 PM

3 posts since 12/4/2023

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Dec 4, 2023 - 8:17:58 PM
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630 posts since 4/14/2014

If I remember correctly, Liberty was a Chicago outfit whose management had been previously involved in drum making - common enough crossover (see Ludwig banjos) and were purchased out by Slingerland (also known for drums).

The value is a couple hundred, likely. The tailpiece is the most valuable part of what you have there.

Dec 5, 2023 - 11:14:39 AM

3 posts since 12/4/2023

Thanks for letting me know, Nic. I appreciate your knowledge.

Dec 7, 2023 - 8:02:13 PM

4149 posts since 5/1/2003

I once had a Liberty tenor. My research also told me 1926 was their only year. It was fairly well built,mine had a resonator and I cobbled a 5 string neck on it and sold it for $300.

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