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May 5, 2024 - 7:28:08 PM
2666 posts since 3/2/2008

I have a tenor banjo invery good condition that looks to be a Lyon and Healy or maybe Washburn I don’t see any markings other than a patent number stamped inside the pot it has a unique carved peghead and raised tone ring on studds which leeds me to think washburn . I want to list it for sale but need advice pictures tonight when I get home . I will post an add with pictures and maybe some one can advise me

Edited by - laguna21dc on 05/05/2024 19:29:38

May 5, 2024 - 10:19:40 PM

2666 posts since 3/2/2008

I posted the add as s vintage Washburn if anyone wants to see the pictures . I don’t know how to post a like to the add

[Here ya go, Gary.        https://www.banjohangout.org/classified/104535 ]

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 05/05/2024 23:52:34

May 5, 2024 - 11:47:10 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

28044 posts since 6/25/2005

As it is, needing a lot of cleanup, I’d say $350 is about tops for it. The tailpiece is doubtless an original Kerschner, worth maybe $80-100. The Style C was the lower end of Washburn’s donut-tone-ring banjos. If it had a resonator, it would be really good for Irish music; maybe would be anyway. Probably not worth making a 5-string neck for, though it would b a nice old-time player. All the Chicago makers (Lyon & Healy (Washburn); Slingerland; even Kay) used that donut tone ring on their better banjos, typically on a 10 3/4-inch rim.

May 6, 2024 - 10:46:06 AM

2666 posts since 3/2/2008

Not sure if you are looking at the style with the donut tone ring or the raised hoop tone ring ? The style C is stamped on one of them but not the one with the hoop style tone ring . Is the hoop style tone ring a style C as Well ?

May 6, 2024 - 1:31:46 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

28044 posts since 6/25/2005

I’m looking at the donut-ring one you have in the ads. Style C would have the donut ring, not a hoop.

May 6, 2024 - 7:56:52 PM

2666 posts since 3/2/2008

I also have a washburn listed with a hoop style tone ring as well that is the one I am not sure about . It has a raised hoop style tone ring suspended off the pot with metal rods  that are incorporated into the tone ring . I listed it as a style E but I am not sure what it is :

Edited by - laguna21dc on 05/06/2024 19:57:35

May 6, 2024 - 10:26:29 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

28044 posts since 6/25/2005

That’s the “Washburn Improved” banjo pot. Whether it’s reallly “improved” over it’s spunover predecessors is a matter of player opinion. It’s a mch older desig than the donut-ring banjos, which are from the 1020s.

May 6, 2024 - 10:44:50 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

28044 posts since 6/25/2005

Do a Google search on “Washburn Stye E banjo”. You’ll find good pix, one set on a completed eBay auction. You don’t have a Style E, which has a plain shell with no hoop. I think you have a Washburn Improved shell with a tenor neck that either someone made, is from a differemt brand banjo or has had the dowel replaced. A Washburn dowelstick would be stamped with the make and model. Also I have never see a peghead like that on a Washburn.

May 7, 2024 - 3:54:28 PM

2666 posts since 3/2/2008

It looks and feels original and it seems to have aged equally . I googled peghead and don’t see anything like it . Only one is similar but no branding . Could it be foreign made ? It was well taken care of and did belong to a collector . He told me he bought it from berninzios for 800 dollars many years ago but did not know the brand name either. .I bought it sight unseen as a trade in on one of my conversions thinking I would build a neck for it but the condition was so clean I decided to keep it original

Edited by - laguna21dc on 05/07/2024 16:02:40

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