For Sale
Rettberg-Lange
1920s Orpheum 1
Octave Mando Banjo
Tuned GDAE
"Octave Mandolin"
#8449
Sold by Bruno
 
14" head
Modified tone ring (Archtop)
Repaired heel
New neck finish
Cleaned and setup rim on original skin
OHSC in  good Condition
  

RIM
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 14"
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 parts here.





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 this way
Still arched, but bearing on a much stabler platform

   

Simple refinish on neck only
Replaced one strip, Bass side, other had mismatched gears



New wedges


 Ready to setup
 

FINAL PICS



Plays well, with clear tone, good action all up and down the neck.
Tunes easily, and stays in tune well.
























RARE CASE!
Good condition
 Koverite
Zipper works
Hard to believe it still has one. Its BIG










Broken Handle



Latches and Catch, are working

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