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Feb 29, 2024 - 3:23:30 PM
3 posts since 2/29/2024

This used to belong to my husbands grandfather. Can someone please help us to identify what it is and possibly the age of it? Thank you.


Feb 29, 2024 - 3:30:33 PM
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3003 posts since 2/4/2013

All I can say is that it isn't a banjo but a banjo ukulele.

Feb 29, 2024 - 4:23:17 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27869 posts since 6/25/2005

Chicago made; 1920s. Probably by Slingerland, or could be another Chicago maker. The features and designs were notably incestuous.

Feb 29, 2024 - 4:45:31 PM
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5629 posts since 5/29/2011

The name on the dowel stick looks like Concertone. My first thought is that the instrument was made by Slingerland. They made some Concertone instruments and the features look like a lot of Slingerland ukuleles that I have seen.

Feb 29, 2024 - 4:49:57 PM
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3293 posts since 3/30/2008

This was made by Slingerland, c. 1920-30's.  (Ukules are traditionally strung to create a reentrant tuning, which gives them a unique sound.  Your instrument is strung with a thick 4th string (low G), which could have been a choice of the most recent player).

Edited by - tdennis on 02/29/2024 16:58:52

Feb 29, 2024 - 9:00:13 PM

heartsy

USA

3 posts since 2/29/2024

Thank you!!!

Mar 8, 2024 - 8:51:34 AM

2397 posts since 2/9/2007

I can't see for sure, but it looks like those are steel strings. If so, they should be replaced with a set of standard (soprano) ukulele strings. Any brand of nylon or other synthetic (imitation gut) will do, but I haven't tried any I like nearly as well as Martin fluorocarbon.

Mar 8, 2024 - 11:29:45 AM

heartsy

USA

3 posts since 2/29/2024

You’re probably right, as I didn’t know and I got strings for a tenor banjo. The old strings were also steel, two were broken, that’s why I got replacements. My daughter said it’s more of a show piece and shouldn’t be played as the nut has a piece of wood chipped off of it next to the larger string. The instrument had been in a storage unit for about 30 yrs or so. Being that it belonged to my husband’s grandfather we bought it home not knowing much more about it. I’ll look into getting the nylon strings though. Thank you for your suggestion.

Mar 8, 2024 - 1:19:30 PM

3293 posts since 3/30/2008

This is a real musical instrument, & should be played. It looks like it could be tuned up w/ nylon strings, even though the nut has a chip near the 4th groove, it could possibly hold up ( a replacement would be better). Slingerland made a decent product, even at the beginner level.

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