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Apr 18, 2024 - 1:19:40 PM
6 posts since 4/18/2024

Hoping someone in the Santa Rosa, CA (Sonoma County) area can provide a recommendation for a shop or individual for minor repair work on a 1928 Paramount Style 1 Tenor Banjo. There are a lot of nearby stores offering repair services, but few appear to specialize in vintage instruments, and none in vintage banjos. Given the age and high sentimental value of this banjo hoping to get a recommendation.

Recently inherited, it’s been in my possession only a few weeks. Originally, I was able to tune it satisfactorily and was having a blast playing but recently 2-3 strings have begun resonating regardless which string is played, making the tuning app go haywire and drastically affecting overall sound quality. In short, I think I need minor repair help.

My best guess based on google searching is that the tuning pegs are slipping. Hoping it’s a minor fix but since its 96 years old, and given my history of botching basic bicycle repairs, I’d prefer to put it in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing rather than (mis)diagnose myself and cause even more problems.

Thanks all!

Apr 18, 2024 - 1:43:50 PM



31 posts since 2/25/2017

Keith, Gryphon Strings in Palo Alto would probably be my first choice, but they are a ways away. There is an instrument shop on Piner Rd just past Range Rd that is a Deering distributor, maybe they work with someone more local. Also give Tall Toad music in Petaluma a call.

Apr 18, 2024 - 8:47:40 PM

101 posts since 12/29/2009

Amazing Grace in San Anselmo. 415. 456. 0414. John Pedersen there did some work on my banjo some years ago and they sell vintage banjos also.

Apr 19, 2024 - 7:46:42 AM
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468 posts since 5/16/2017

I took a Martin Guitar to a guy in Santa Rosa that advertises on CL. He is a retired guitar tech but also plays and works on banjo. After looking at my guitar which has short sections of binding coming loose at the waist, he told me that it wasn't a good idea to mess with it until more of the binding pulled away from the body (it would have been very difficult to re-glue otherwise). Anyhow, his name is Steve, phone # is 707-two9two-oneone73. He's closer than those mentioned so far and I think he's at least worth talking to to see if he can handle your repair.

Edited by - blazo on 04/19/2024 07:47:21

Apr 22, 2024 - 7:31:45 AM

6 posts since 4/18/2024

Appreciate the recommendations. I'll plan to visit all the above at some point but since work brings me to San Rafael several times a week Amazing Grace in San Anselmo seems the best choice for now.

Next question: any recommendations for string setup if I'm looking for that quintessential GDAE "Irish" sound? Gauge? Brand? Threads or articles to check out? The banjo is a 1928 19 fret Paramount Style 1 tenor.

Edited by - 1928SRParamountTenorBanjo on 04/22/2024 07:36:25

Apr 22, 2024 - 3:32:23 PM

852 posts since 9/7/2005

I can second the recommendation of Jon Peterson at Amazing Grace Music. Good guy and good banjo mechanic too.

Edited by - Dogfeathers on 04/22/2024 15:36:26

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