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
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
Rim = 7 1/2" Scale Length = 13 1/4" Nut Width = 1 1/4".
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
( $425.00 in 1931 = $7,144.81 in 2019 dollars)
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.
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
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.
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
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
Price: $1795.00 SOLD
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
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.
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
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.
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