2018
1920s Stromberg Deluxe
"1000"


11-5/16 " rim
Cuppophone Tone Ring
Ebony fingerboard and overlays

Ornate engraved inlay Carved maple neck
Engraved hardware
Brass lacquered, not gold
Gold plated hooks, oxidized
Waverly tuners
 King Armrest
Cast Brass tailpiece with logo
2 Stromberg ID plates
Rogers head
99 percent original banjo

Footnote:
As a rule, Chas A.Stromberg banjos have no serial numbers.


In  the 1990s I also owned Stromberg Marimba 1000
Like this it was a very early example Stromberg 19 fret.
It is my opinion, that they started production and stamped 1000 on the Marimba,and this Deluxe as a starting number.
Like you would in a checking account, to look like you had written some checks, starting at 1000 instead of 001.
It may be speculation and conjecture to some but I will believe until I see another with 1000 on it, that I have owned both the first Marimba, and now the first Deluxe ever made.
At over 11" it is the largest tenor that has ever been in my shop.
The flange is width is exponentially decreased and has the smallest sound ports of any flange seen by me, to date.
Tailpiece is cast brass, proprietary design.
My Grandfather was a very close friend of "Charlie" and his main job was as a mold maker in a brass foundry, and may very well have contracted the casting, but that is conjecture.
The begin a relationship at the Thompson-Odell factory in Boston that lasted until Chas's death.
The inlay is some of the finest, if not the finest ever seen on a Stromberg with MOP/Ebony fingerboards and overlays.
The back of resonator is the second I have owned, with Birdseye and the back veneer.
Only a few Stromberg 19 and 22 fret necks are maple, most are Rosewood, with Rosewood back plates and built by contract by WM Lange, NYC
This to me, respresents using up the remainder of maple left from dealing with Vega, on all of the early Stromberg's.
This is only an educated guess, it was a"Waste not want not" world, and I saw this done again, when Stromberg transitioned to guitars, they made some round body guitars using the last of the banjo rosewood, I have one of them.
Its is the first I have owned, with a "Vega-esque" style side wall of engraved celluloid
The Waverly Reverse Geared tuners and King Arm rest are normal to the early Stromberg tenor and plectrum.
I have owned my share of these wonderful instruments that tie closely into my family history, I feel blessed to have been a part of it.
Thanks to Jim Speros, for allowing it to leave his care and into mine.
VM



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  ASSEMBLY

Special order head arrives from REMO
11-5/15 High crown clear, I ordered a spare as well.
DR strings
Thanks to Mike, at Bedford Banjo Shop









Sealing all of the inlay where the filler is loose, with #10 CA



Topping off with black


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SETUP



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Mention of my
Grandfather Frank and Great Uncle Victor on Pg 90.
Courtesy of Jim Speros



Dad is small boy, has a Slingerland open back
Grandfather to his left, facing.
Stromberg Deluxe Banjo


He borrowed money on it in the 60s and the people that gave the loan ould not honor our request to pay it back and get the banjo even at 10 times the payoff.
So we wait and hope it will end up on the market and someone will write.


Dad, in his faux "Stromberg Dream".
That is an early example with Vega parts, a Marimba,and my old Deluxe.


Great Uncle Vic, on his Deluxe, 1960s.

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