1920s Orpheum 1
Octave Mando Banjo
Sold by Bruno
Modified tone ring (Archtop)
New neck finish
Cleaned and setup rim on original skin
OHSC in good Condition
Since this was modified, I wanted to disclose what I saw when I
was in the setup.
All this is not orig
It used to be a standard Orpheum 1 archtop rim, just in
Rim was cut down, this was all made up
Not bad, added weight for more volume , but done in a home shop.
The job is not bad, the holes in the tube are pretty lined up
and the solder job was not terrible.
The second solid ring is another add on.
That hoop was not centered, and will be deleted, too many loose
Rim has been decked
That is the nickel plated orig arch ring that used to set
up on the fence staples before rim was decked
Still see the vestiges of the staple holes here.
Amazing, that is the orig tension hoop, notches are perfect.
This will be better, skirt down lower, touching shoes, using
only the big tube thats solder to orig ring
Skirt is flipped back to proper side down and neck notch like it
used to be.
Head back to tension and sanded/waxed/burnished, much better
Still arched, but bearing on a much stabler platform
Simple refinish on neck only
Replaced one strip, Bass side, other had mismatched gears
Ready to setup
Plays well, with clear tone, good action all up and down the
Tunes easily, and stays in tune well.
Hard to believe it still has one. Its BIG
Latches and Catch, are working
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