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Feb 26, 2024 - 1:44:57 PM
211 posts since 11/8/2014

Got a 1927 Paramount Style C tenor.
It sounds old and seems to rattle and sound fuzzy, especially on the 4th string.

Is there a fix for this?
What should I check?
Does not seem to have a neck problem like other old tenors I have seen.

Feb 26, 2024 - 2:40:27 PM
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5640 posts since 5/29/2011

Could be
1) Action is too low
2) high fret
3) strings are too light
Options 1 and 3 are simple enough. Try a higher bridge, then a heavier set of strings.
Option 2 requires a bit of luthier work. A straight edge can determine if you have a high fret. A small hammer can tap the frets back into the fingerboard. A dead blow hammer is best if you have one.

Feb 26, 2024 - 3:03:19 PM
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3296 posts since 3/30/2008

Check closely for a broken head, especially down the collar.

Edited by - tdennis on 02/26/2024 15:03:42

Feb 27, 2024 - 2:53:28 AM

Bill H

USA

2283 posts since 11/7/2010

I tend to take old banjos apart to clean and inspect when I get them. It would not be unusual to find a crack in the head as Dennis suggests. Low head tension can also contribute to buzzes with old banjos.

Feb 27, 2024 - 6:50:42 AM

211 posts since 11/8/2014

Thank you all.
Think I have found a fret that is high. It is the first fret. It is not sticking up, the neck curves downward from the first fret leaving the remaining frets clear.
It was not like that when I bought it last week. Added a humidifying pack. I am in dry Tucson. The shop may have a humidifier.

Feb 27, 2024 - 7:32:13 AM

Owen

Canada

14833 posts since 6/5/2011
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1927 = old = pre-war.   What's not to like?  wink

Feb 27, 2024 - 5:51:48 PM
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211 posts since 11/8/2014

It was the neck after all.
Chose a Paramount because they have a way to fix that. Now It sounds good I plan to take it apart and do some cleaning and polishing.

Thank you all

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