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Old Banjo Any Idea's

GUEST,Goodlife 14 Jan 09 - 06:16 AM
GUEST,Goodlife 14 Jan 09 - 06:21 AM
greg stephens 14 Jan 09 - 07:34 AM
greg stephens 14 Jan 09 - 07:35 AM
Zen 14 Jan 09 - 07:35 AM
greg stephens 14 Jan 09 - 07:47 AM
Charley Noble 14 Jan 09 - 08:25 AM
theleveller 14 Jan 09 - 08:52 AM
bald headed step child 14 Jan 09 - 09:14 AM
GUEST,morrisbrendon 15 Jan 09 - 06:22 AM
GUEST,goodlife 17 Jan 09 - 05:14 AM
GUEST,Maggie in Marske 17 Jan 09 - 11:07 AM
GUEST,goodlife 19 Jan 09 - 03:07 PM
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Subject: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: GUEST,Goodlife
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 06:16 AM

While clearing out an old attic i came across an old banjo unfortunatly there is no name on it or any serial no,if any body as any ideas it would be appreciated,I have uploaded some photo's on to flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/16280060@Nhref="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16280060@N07/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/16280060@N07/


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Subject: RE: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: GUEST,Goodlife
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 06:21 AM

that link worked well
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16280060@N07/


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Subject: RE: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 07:34 AM

Try http://www.flickr.com/photos/16280060@N07


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Subject: RE: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 07:35 AM

You don't want a crappy old banjo like that. Give it to me!


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Subject: RE: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: Zen
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 07:35 AM

Looks like a 19 fret tenor banjo. The headstock seems quite reminiscent of some Windsor models to me.

Zen


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Subject: RE: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 07:47 AM

Looks sort of like a John Gray to me, but I really know next to nothing about this sort of thing. But I do own a John Gray, and it looks a bit like that.


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Subject: RE: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 08:25 AM

It does look like a well-made but not particularly higher end model.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: theleveller
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 08:52 AM

Don't think it's a Windsor - it doesn't have the rounded heel. Might be a John Grey but it's more likely to be one of the many nameless banjos produced in the 1920s and 30s.


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Subject: RE: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: bald headed step child
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 09:14 AM

Doesn't look familiar to me.

Interesting tone ring setup.

It looks like it won't take too much to get it playable.

If it was mine I would fix it up and see what it sounds like.

Even if you pay someone for the work, it shouldn't take too much.

You might send some pictures to Bernunzio and see if they have any ideas on the builder.bernunzio

BHSC


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Subject: RE: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: GUEST,morrisbrendon
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 06:22 AM

Stan Jay of Mandolin Bros. in Staten Island NY is an expert on things like this...he will know if anyone does. www.mandoweb.com


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Subject: RE: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: GUEST,goodlife
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 05:14 AM

Thanks to all of you for taking the time to answer,I think i will restring it and take around a few local clubs see if anyone wants to buy it as it would be a shame to just hang it on the wall {too old now to learn how to play it ]


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Subject: RE: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: GUEST,Maggie in Marske
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 11:07 AM

Looks to me to be possibly a Geo Matthews from the shape of the peg-head, or it could be a Hewitt (very similar). It has been quite a good instrument in its day (hence the spicing under the fingerboard) and has lost the resonator (or back-plate) somewhere along the line, there are marks of its fixing points on the perch pole (or dowel rod).   Looks like the hoop has been re-finished at some time as it doesn't quite fit with the colour of the neck.   It could use some tlc and probably a new skin - if its a natural skin it should be changed every six months anyway! Looks like all the hardware is in place, even if it lacking strings and bridge.   Certainly worth a "do up" and use.   Better quality than you would find in the average shop without paying a small fortune for! Any you are NEVER too old to learn !!


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Subject: RE: Old Banjo Any Idea's
From: GUEST,goodlife
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 03:07 PM

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