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Dec 5, 2023 - 2:41:53 PM
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Hello all. I have another item from my grandfather. I don't see any maker marks or numbers. I am not sure if this is a childs piece, or what. It is a minimum of 50 years old, but could be much more. It is pretty well made, and he was in the new england area his whole life (1900-1984). Thank You for looking, kevin






Dec 5, 2023 - 2:44:47 PM
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3268 posts since 3/30/2008

This is a legit instrument called a banjo ukulele, & they are tuned & played like a ukulele.

Dec 6, 2023 - 4:54:44 AM

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Originally posted by tdennis

This is a legit instrument called a banjo ukulele, & they are tuned & played like a ukulele.


thanks for the info tdennis!

Dec 6, 2023 - 5:21:12 AM

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tdennis
Slingerland?

Dec 6, 2023 - 9:53:16 AM

3268 posts since 3/30/2008

My first impression was that it is a Slingerland, but I believe Slingerland put 12 tension brackets on even their lowest level instruments. They also tended to stamp the dowel rod w/ a 2-3 digit model number, even on their stencil instruments made for others. I've seen this peghead used on different makers instruments,..so I suspect this may have been made by someone other than Slingerland ??

Please measure across the head.

Dec 6, 2023 - 10:14:20 AM

568 posts since 4/11/2019

Dropped a few picks of my Slingerland just for reference...


Dec 6, 2023 - 4:43:59 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by tdennis

My first impression was that it is a Slingerland, but I believe Slingerland put 12 tension brackets on even their lowest level instruments. They also tended to stamp the dowel rod w/ a 2-3 digit model number, even on their stencil instruments made for others. I've seen this peghead used on different makers instruments,..so I suspect this may have been made by someone other than Slingerland ??

Please measure across the head.


No numbers or identifying marks on the instument, but case handle says 4407




 

Dec 6, 2023 - 7:07:25 PM

3268 posts since 3/30/2008

I should have been clearer, I meant for you to measure the  diameter of the drum  skin head.

Edited by - tdennis on 12/06/2023 19:09:19

Dec 7, 2023 - 5:19:09 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by tdennis

I should have been clearer, I meant for you to measure the  diameter of the drum  skin head.


Not a problem. Appreciate your assistance. Not sure if proper head measures inside, or outside, rim. Photo attached 7, or 7.25


Dec 7, 2023 - 7:42:57 AM

568 posts since 4/11/2019

If you keep metal strings on it get ready for the paint to peel off the walls.

Dec 7, 2023 - 9:25:41 AM

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The strings on it look to me like your grandfather may have strung it as a "melody" banjo, tuned like a mandolin (same as the tenor banjo, but a fifth higher in pitch). That would mean the instrument was subjected to many times the tension of the gut ukulele strings it was made for, which could well have bowed the neck or pulled it loose from the "dowel stick". If you want to sell that banjo, or restore it to playing condition, that should be checked first.

As was already mentioned, it's not a toy, but it is also a much lower grade of instrument than your tenor. The manufacturer ID has no bearing on its value-- it's a generic banjo-uke, likely of 1920's vintage. There are a lot of them out there. The good news is that banjo-ukes are much more popular now than tenors. I'd guess the original retail prices of those two differed by at least a 10:1 ratio. Assuming both are in playing order, their relative values now will be closer to 2:1!

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