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Apr 17, 2024 - 7:10:14 AM
3 posts since 4/6/2024

Hello All,

I found a J.B. Schall banjo on sale and I am trying to find more information about it. Does anyone have a J.B. Schall catalogue?

Thanks!

Apr 17, 2024 - 12:02:19 PM

2806 posts since 1/4/2009

I doubt youll find one. post some pictures and folks will let you know a lot about it.

Apr 18, 2024 - 5:47:17 AM

hbick2

USA

742 posts since 6/26/2004

There is a Schall Catalog availalble on the Internet Archive:

 

https://archive.org/details/j.-b.-schalls-popular-stage-and-parlor-banjos-catalogue/mode/2up

Apr 18, 2024 - 6:07:01 AM

8262 posts since 9/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by hbick2

There is a Schall Catalog availalble on the Internet Archive:

 

https://archive.org/details/j.-b.-schalls-popular-stage-and-parlor-banjos-catalogue/mode/2up

 

 


I scanned and uploaded this.  I did not post it here because it is very early for Schall and the vast majority of his output was much later and not represented by this catalog.

 

The PO needs to post photos, clear, in focus, and well lit, otherwise they will get no useful information. 

Apr 18, 2024 - 6:51:47 AM

giomaro

USA

3 posts since 4/6/2024

Thanks everyone for the responses! The banjo I am considering to purchase is available at this link: jakewildwood.blogspot.com/p/st...126747989

I was wondering if it was sold as a professional grade banjo (of comparable quality to L&h Washburn models or SS Stewart Universal Favorite, for example) or if it is considered of a lesser quality. Thanks!

Apr 18, 2024 - 8:46:45 AM

8262 posts since 9/21/2007

My concern with this is the statement "we strong-armed the neck angle into submission and wrestled the setup."

That tells me that either wire strings have sprung the neck or collapsed the rim, or they are ignorant of period banjo setup. The fact that I see a big thick shim between the fingerboard and the rim is a very bad sign.

Thick shims like this put a lot of stress on the dowel glue joint as well as press the rim which can distort it even further.

I'm not a fan of heavy geared tuners on these banjos as they tend to make them peghead heavy compared to violin push pegs or period correct friction.

They also added two nasty wood screws in the heel. This likely goes with the thick shim to try and force some kind of back angle on the neck (which these banjos should not have).

Those are the things that would have me personally pass on this banjo.

Apr 18, 2024 - 8:48:29 AM

giomaro

USA

3 posts since 4/6/2024

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

My concern with this is the statement "we strong-armed the neck angle into submission and wrestled the setup."

That tells me that either wire strings have sprung the neck or collapsed the rim, or they are ignorant of period banjo setup. The fact that I see a big thick shim between the fingerboard and the rim is a very bad sign.

Thick shims like this put a lot of stress on the dowel glue joint as well as press the rim which can distort it even further.

I'm not a fan of heavy geared tuners on these banjos as they tend to make them peghead heavy compared to violin push pegs or period correct friction.

They also added two nasty wood screws in the heel. This likely goes with the thick shim to try and force some kind of back angle on the neck (which these banjos should not have).

Those are the things that would have me personally pass on this banjo.


Thank you so much, Joel! I will pass on this one. 

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