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    DB - 00809 ca. 1912 "The Dayton" 5 string Banjo     EXC+   Here's another one from my personal collection that has been a 'keeper' for many years. In beautiful condition and with the unique metal head which gives it a distinctive deep sound. You can hear it in the video clip below. Laminated walnut and mahogany 5/8ths inch thick 11 3/4" rim with 28 brackets, one of which is missing. 26 1/2" scale length and an extended fingerboard giving it 26 frets. Attractive fretboard inlays and "The Dayton" inlaid on the peghead . Straight mahogany neck with good frets. Fricton tuning pegs function well. (loosen the screw, tune it a bit sharp, tighten the screw and adjust to pitch). The label is in fine shape with serial #809. NoKnot tailpiece. Chipboard case.
    Price: $2250.00


    UK - 0003 1920's Fancy No Name Banjo Uke     EXC +   What a cutie this is. And it is in splendid condition. The fancy cutouts in the metal clad rim are exquisite and there is a big metal tone ring that gives it a big but mellow tone. The two tiny screw holes in the head stock and the oval shadow indicate that there was once an oval placque residing there as is typical of British instruments. The original tuning pegs have a screw adjustment that allows quick and slip proof tuning. The mahogany resonator has a large knurled screw for quick easy removal. Some fancy inlays on the fingerboard. Orginal bridge and tailpiece . Chipboard case . Rim = 7 1/2"   Scale Length = 13 1/4"   Nut Width = 1 1/4".  
    Price:   $1350.00

    VB 00033 ca. 1931 Vega Vegavox IV Deluxe Tenor Banjo     EXC ++   This is one of the very nicest, classiest banjos I have ever seen. And it rings out loud and clear and plays perfectly. It has been restored by Renee Karnes several years ago and has received basically no wear since then. Here is the original catalog picture and the catalog description. ( $425.00 in 1931 = $7,144.81 in 2019 dollars) Elegance abounds everywhere on this gold plated instrument from the engraved tailpiece to the engraved inlay on the back of the peghead. Also beautifully engraved are the fingerboard inlays and the intricate inlay on the headstock which is as beautiful viewed from the side as it is from the front. There is a comforting feel to the warmth of a gold plated banjo and I think it makes for a richer sound but that could be just psychological. The resonator sides are fancy, it's true, but the back is exquisite with its elegant "De-Luxe Vegavox" star in the middle. Elegance is also evident in the long back strap extending down the back of the 5 piece laminated neck and the carving on the inlaid heel. Modern hard shell case.
    Price:   $5250.00

    DBM - 0003 mid teens "The Dayton" Banjo Mandolin"     EXC ++   We have another gem here in museum quality that is not only rare but a great sounding instrument. Made by Charles Rauch in (guess where) Dayton, Ohio known for his high quality and innovative instruments. Unique horizontally laminated thick rim of maple and walnut with a metal tone ring. Pearl inlaid "The Dayton" on the headstock with metal ferrules surrounding the posts of the original tuning pegs. Ebony pearl inlaid fingerboard is extended and elevated over the head. Nice original cloud taiplpiece cover over a replacement tailpiece (original is in the case with one broken tab). The metal label is present and excellent displaying serial number #1506. And the original hard shell case is in fine condition with corduroy interior and in the pocket an original "D" Dayton tuning key, the original bridge, and tailpiece. 10" Rim     14" Scale Length     1 3/32" Nut width
    Price:   $1750.00


    Gibson Banjos
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    GB - 00035 1935 Kel Kroyden (by Gibson) Conversion     VG++   Here's the real deal and you can hear it in the tone. You got your one piece flange full thickness rim same as a Mastertone without a tone ring. The flange is a Nashville Plating Co. replacement since the old one (included) was broken. And we had Larry Cohea install a Mc Peake flat head tone ring and a second co-ordinator rod (the KK rim is originally drilled for it but has only one installed) as well as a nice Wreath Pattern five string neck and then set it up perfectly with spikes at frets 7,8,9, and 10. It plays beautifully and sounds incredible. Gibson script on the headstock and Planet tuning pegs and the fabulous M.O.T. resonator with original lugs. Original case and tenor neck with original pegs, flange (and broken pieces), and brass rod 'tone ring' are available if you so desire.
    Price:   $5850.00


    Paramount Banjos

    PB - 00404 1924 Paramount Style C Plectrum Banjo     EXC   This is a fine example with good strong sound and great playability. Good neck, frets, etc. and wonderful condition. Nice old skin head. The dove pattern fingerboard inlay is Paramounts most beautiful in my opinion. The Cupid or Ludwig Van Beethoven on the first fret is a pleasureable puzzlement. And the high grade mahogany used in the neck and the maple capped rim and the resonator are beautifully accented by the colorful marquetry used throughout. Original Page tuning pegs in fine condition. Fancy headstock inlay. Carved heel. Lovely volute. (Don't ya just love volutes?) Original tailpiece and .... it's wired for .... light. (Perhaps you noticed) The serial number on the rim matches that on the dowel. The label proudly states "Piano Volume - Harp Quality Tone". No lie. Original Paramount double pocket blue lined hard shell case in pretty nice shape.
    Price:   $1795.00    SOLD


    Vega Banjos

    VB 00032 1928 Vega Style N 5 String Conversion     EXC -   This is a wonderful player as well as a beautiful piece of art. The 10 15/16" head is graced with a lovely, whimsical art deco illustration of two frolicking nudes. It has the simple "rolled over" tone ring. The bottom of the metal pot cladding sits in a ledge that locates the cladding precisely on the pot. The rolled-over tone ring doesn't sit on wood, but is held a little less than a millimeter above the wood of the pot, so the simple tone ring doesn't touch wood. All the hardware is original and in good shape including the No Knot Tailpiece. There are a few nicks and scratches on the rim but nothing major. It has the original dowel stick and the serial numbers match on the dowel and the rim.   (87793)   The 26 1/2" scale length neck is mint and appears to be the work of Wyatt Fawley. Simple (and proper) star on the headstock and Planet style tuning pegs. Here's a video clip of it:

    Nice newer hard shell 'bump' case. Price:   $3350.00.00


    Bacon Banjos
    None at this time.
    Other Banjos

    EB - 0007 Mid teens Clifford Essex 5 String Banjo     EXC   With its 11 inch rim spunover what looks like mahogany and a simple hoop tonering and nice skin head, this old feller gets a mighty sweet old timey sound. Scale Length is 26 3/4" and the nut width is 1 3/16" and the mahogany neck shows wear on the back and is very comfortable to play. Ebony fingerboard has lovely abalone and pearl inlays in it as does the headstock. The tuning pegs work fine. All parts appear original and match nicely and the 15a Grafton Street label proudly graces the dowel stick. Oversize chipboard case.
    Price:   $1195.00

    BU - 0004 ca. 1935 John Grey Banjo Uke     EXC   Very nice little banjo uke from the esteemed English maker John Grey. Birds eye maple back and blue striped maple sides.   10 1/4" head and 13 1/4" scale length. Maple rim and mahogany neck and dowel.   Resonator attaches with a single thumb knob. There is a dark grain line that definitely is not a crack in the heel of which we have large pictures. The letters R B E are stamped into the bottom of the heel. Friction tuning pegs with the number 13797 stamped into the back of the peghead. John Grey& Sons, London on the headstock. The piano shaped case is unique.
    Price:   $795.00

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