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Apr 19, 2024 - 2:45:05 PM

pra240

USA

13 posts since 9/29/2022

Howdy!
I am considering the purchase of a 4 string banjo and saw this one online. It appears to have an adjustable neck mechanism similar to the Kay banjo. Is this a good or bad thing?




Apr 19, 2024 - 3:15:12 PM

martyjoe

Ireland

520 posts since 3/24/2020

DSmoke will be a good man to give you advice on those sorts of banjos.

Apr 19, 2024 - 3:53:33 PM

3341 posts since 3/30/2008

Do you have a full pic of the peghead ? It seems to have the Stromberg Voisinet shape, used by both SV & Kay , & could be one of these companies. . 

Edited by - tdennis on 04/19/2024 15:55:55

Apr 19, 2024 - 4:22:03 PM

pra240

USA

13 posts since 9/29/2022

Howdy!
Here's are photos of the peg head. Thanks




Apr 19, 2024 - 6:26:09 PM

1787 posts since 4/13/2009

Stromberg Voisinet

Apr 19, 2024 - 8:08:10 PM

799 posts since 5/29/2015

Finish on back and rim are not matched. Possibly a conglomerate.

Apr 19, 2024 - 10:06:47 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27999 posts since 6/25/2005

I read that the plate neck=angle adjuster did not appear until Kay took over. Was that incorrect? Not that it makes a difference.

Apr 20, 2024 - 4:14:39 AM

DSmoke

USA

1438 posts since 11/30/2015

In my opinion, it is good to have a way to adjust the action. If you are very particular about your action height it can be frustrating to get it exactly where you want it.

Apr 20, 2024 - 8:13:33 AM

5728 posts since 5/29/2011
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quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

I read that the plate neck=angle adjuster did not appear until Kay took over. Was that incorrect? Not that it makes a difference.


The neck adjuster was patented by Stromberg-Voisinet but was not put into use until Kay took over.

The banjo in the pictures has a peghead and rim rod which are consistent with Kay.

Edited by - Culloden on 04/20/2024 08:15:06

Apr 21, 2024 - 8:44:26 AM

pra240

USA

13 posts since 9/29/2022

Howdy!
Thank you all for the advice! I haven't decided on this as of yet. I'm about 3 months into recovery from total shoulder replacement surgery and my rheumatoid arthritis is causing complications! So all I feel like doing is looking at banjos online and dreaming of my next one! I think there's a name for that! :)
Thanks again for everything!

Apr 30, 2024 - 12:41:45 PM

13132 posts since 10/27/2006

The following are known:

Henry "Kay" Kuhrmeyer bought out his partners, Frank Voisinet, and Charles Stromberg, in 1928.

Kuhrmeyer filed the banjo adjuster patent application on April 7, 1930. It is based on the Stromberg Voisinet Violin Co. Neck adjuster found in SV violins, mandolins and guitars. Interestingly, the SV Neck Adjuster with its big wing nut was not found in later Kay branded instruments to my knowledge.

The Stromberg-Voisinet Co. was renamed Kay Musical Instrument Co. in July 1931.

The new Kay factory opened in 1935.

 

What we don't know:

We don't know when the new neck adjuster was introduced for sale. SV branded banjos with the Kay Neck adjuster have been posted on these boards.

So when did Kay begin doing business under the new name? My guess is that it coincided with the new factory in 1935. Only a guess and I could be wrong.

Apr 30, 2024 - 12:42:47 PM

13132 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by pra240

Howdy!
I am considering the purchase of a 4 string banjo and saw this one online. It appears to have an adjustable neck mechanism similar to the Kay banjo. Is this a good or bad thing?


You have a Kay banjo.

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