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Apr 6, 2024 - 3:52:17 PM
4180 posts since 5/1/2003

I bought this the other day,I’m pretty sure it’s an Oriole 10.5” that’s had the neck refinished.
The tailpiece resembles a presto but should have a slide on cover that’s missing. The tuners have been upgraded to the humongous screw head version,what brand are those?
It’s got the usual brass tone hoop and 3 ply rim. Might make a fun short scale banjo.
Anybody have the small resonator and flange that would fit this? It has 22 hooks and brackets.

Apr 6, 2024 - 5:04:17 PM
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3542 posts since 4/7/2010

The tuners are Schallers.

I have also wondered who made that Presto look-alike. I've seen a few of them over the years, but never knew the maker.

Bob Smakula

Apr 6, 2024 - 5:54:57 PM

4180 posts since 5/1/2003

Thank you Bob. I’ll be calling to purchase a head next week. 10.5” medium

Apr 6, 2024 - 6:55:06 PM
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1803 posts since 10/11/2004

I got one of those tailpieces & wondering too !


Apr 6, 2024 - 7:49:53 PM

4180 posts since 5/1/2003

Does yours have the cover? Mines missing.

Apr 7, 2024 - 6:39:28 AM
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1803 posts since 10/11/2004

No cover on mine

Apr 7, 2024 - 7:05:44 AM



2634 posts since 11/29/2005

No cover on the one I have either. It’s only one I’d seen until these photos.

Definitely Oriole tenor. I had Clancy add outer ply to one and it made a fine conversion.

Apr 7, 2024 - 7:08:20 AM
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1524 posts since 10/5/2006

Grover Patent 1724278

Apr 7, 2024 - 12:36:19 PM
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2348 posts since 5/19/2018

Leave it to the members of this website to not only ID a banjo part that I have only seen one other of in 1/2 century of collecting instruments, but to come up with the actual patent for it.


Well Done!

Apr 9, 2024 - 8:15:03 PM

4180 posts since 5/1/2003

Frank is the real deal on Gibson knowledge!

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