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Apr 22, 2024 - 11:06:17 AM
4 posts since 4/22/2024

Does anyone know about the B-16HL 9109 made in Chicago. I haven't played it for a while. am cleaning it and would like to know the best way to do so regards Bernie

Edited by - Texasbanjo on 04/22/2024 11:23:31

Apr 22, 2024 - 11:24:21 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

30135 posts since 8/3/2003

I'm moving your thread to the building, set up and repair forum where you'll probably get answers from those who know about cleaning banjos.

Apr 22, 2024 - 8:52:04 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

12042 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by berniewriter

Does anyone know about the B-16HL 9109 made in Chicago. I haven't played it for a while. am cleaning it and would like to know the best way to do so regards Bernie


Can you supply photos? I know of the Asian made Washburn B16 and others models, but never a B-16HL (9109) made in Chicago.

Apr 23, 2024 - 12:21:02 AM

4 posts since 4/22/2024

Hi it is signed and printed on the inside made for a left hand person i will upload some pics regards bernie

Apr 23, 2024 - 1:23:14 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27999 posts since 6/25/2005

Maybe modified in Chicago by a distributor or luthier

Apr 23, 2024 - 4:30:57 AM

3026 posts since 2/4/2013

quote:
Originally posted by berniewriter

Does anyone know about the B-16HL 9109 made in Chicago.


The Asain made B16 (probably in Korea by Samick, unless they were also made earlier in japan) has a misleading label about the company. This does vary. One says "hand crafted in the Washburn tradition since 1876" when it should say made in Korea in the style of a Gibson Mastertone. Another label mentions Chicago. I believe Washburn was always a name put on banjos and not the name of the maker.

Apr 23, 2024 - 12:46:40 PM

Bart Veerman

Canada

5708 posts since 1/5/2005
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If it's the made-in-Korea model then be very careful with the truss rod cover, they're razor thin and break soooooooooooooooo easily.

Edited by - Bart Veerman on 04/23/2024 12:47:26

Apr 23, 2024 - 1:16:26 PM

rcc56

USA

5102 posts since 2/20/2016

The original Chicago based Washburn company was defunct by the end of WWII, probably a few years earlier.  The Washburn name then fell into disuse for 30+ years

In the mid 1970's, a company called Beckman Musical Instruments revived the Washburn name on a line of Asian made instruments.  Since then, Washburn has changed hands several times.  Although they have sporadically manufactured a handful of guitars in the US, none of the few modern era US made instruments were built in Chicago.  AFAIK, the modern Washburn company has never made a banjo in the US.

Over the last 35 years, Washburn has continually engaged in misleading advertising and catalog copy that implies that they have some connection to the original Washburn company. No such connection exists, except for the use of the name.

The B16 banjo is a product of the modern era company, and is Asian made.

The metal parts can be cleaned with water with a few drops of dish detergent added. Be sure to thoroughly wipe dry. You can clean the wood parts with what the US calls naphtha  [it is called something else in the UK-- possibly benzine [??] -- it is faster evaporating and less oily than "white spirits"], followed by a good grade guitar polish.

Edited by - rcc56 on 04/23/2024 13:32:23

Apr 24, 2024 - 4:03:29 AM

4 posts since 4/22/2024

Hi here are the pictures reference my Washburn. any help in cleaning etc would be grateful. regards bernie


Apr 24, 2024 - 4:47:34 AM

4 posts since 4/22/2024

Thankyou Bob. So that means it is Washburn but with fake labels. Thankyou regards.

Apr 24, 2024 - 6:22:55 AM
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Brett

USA

2634 posts since 11/29/2005

Thousands of posts on here how to clean a Banjo, run a search and start weighing the suggested methods vs what you have readily available.

Apr 24, 2024 - 7:08:55 AM
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Helix

USA

17516 posts since 8/30/2006

What Bob Chuckrow said.
It's an adjustable, adult spec. factory banjo.

Apr 24, 2024 - 9:59:20 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27999 posts since 6/25/2005

Note that there was no Washburn company. It was a Lyon & Healy brand. Washburn was Lyon’s middle name.

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