Anne A's Paramount
Repair broken peghead
Restore as needed to play
Neck is Spalted Rosewood, hence
and Orangish color
is a fancy word for "On the way to rotted"
It was already past it's prime
(organically) before it was used on this instrument.
But the look is wonderful
and it will work just fine as it did for 80+ years.
If you could buy old growth
Spalted Brazilian Rosewood by the board/ feet today, it would
cost a Brazilian dollars.
The back and rim veneers are
Quite a color contrast
The overstated thumbstop is
advantageous for this repair, it gives me a button to drill.
I will insert a 1/16 brass tube
thru the thumbstop and all the way
under the fingerboard
Glued with Titebond
II, clamped 12 hours
Now I can put two additional pins
on each side of the main pin.
That will be enough "Rebar"
to take the String pressure easily.
Anne saved the pieces of the
overlay which is a boon, I will section them back in and add
filler where needed
You do not come across the "even number" serial numbers very
Luck of the draw.
After resetting all the pieces of MOP and wood that was saved,
the rest is "fill in" with rosewood dust.
It's packed in tightly
I have some plastic held against the side to dam up the dust
First stage, now a little dust and glue until I get level
After leveling, re-dye with Fiebigs
I will dye again and then one coat of clear.
That will give me a good dark background to get the cavities
cut for the remaining inlay that was missing
One "Bell" missing
There is a little "tail" that goes on the Lange Logo, I'll add
that and the 2 "dashes"
The inlay was damaged when Modern tuners were implemented
A common Malady.
Just did what I could on the bottom of the broken Lange logo,
that pearl was pretty damaged there
Now for the 2 dashes
The rim skirt is very tight, I'll have to pull all of the
Bottom trim is cracked all around, I will seal all cracks then
refinish after stripping
Now for the resonator
It is delaminated on the side and is loose on the inside.
I will strip, then glue all the de-lam's and then refinish
Inside done, with new clear
Outside all sealed up nicely, and taking on clear
Inlay work completed and peghead overlay refinish complete
I had decided to send in this plating but then my breakers
tripped as they always do when I think a project is going too
I watch peoples money better than I do my own, so we will
first do an agressive machine buffing to see if we can get
Even on heirlooms, I think there should be a cutoff point and
I want to try and save Anne some $$
675.00 to be exact.
The large metal came back around nicely, with only minor
pitting here and there.
Small hardware is now acceptable, 85 percent of oxidation came
Most is on the washers, and I flipped the bad ones so out of
sight , out of mind.
Paramount had thick plating as a rule, that is why I
tried in the first place.
After the normal harrowing buffing of the thin flange, Im
finishing it off with swirl compound.
Looks like the stuff will all pass my muster, so glad.
Absolutely the tightest rim assembly.
There is no way to assemble it with the stanchions in place,
they have to go in on at a time, opposing each other
Most you can put them in and slip over the skirt, no way
Will re-head with REMO Renaissance
11-1/8 med. crown
Provided by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Now to buff up the tuners and remaining pieces
There was some oxidation on the hooks but many are VG, so I
spaced them out and they are fine.
We did good by going the extra mile with the buffer.
The Gibson Style armrest is non orig., but as comfortable as
the original "Hot dog"
All snugged up,
Strung to pitch with GHS Strings, tuned DGBE
,Provided by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
No bear in mind this instrument came in with the peghead
knocked off, there was no way to test its "Frettability"
Now that I have, its not good, I'll try a leveling but the
fretwork was done poorly whenever Granddad had someone
refret for him
They either did not have the tooling or were just
Level, recrown, dress ends, try again....
Thumbs down, We must re-fret
Here you can see they dropped the frets in with the ends
tapered, and too far inward
I will fret over the binding, get that back and it should fret
It takes special tools to fret over the binding, they just
didnt have them at the time.
All old wires out, will dress board and use StewMac 147 wire
Compressing from the top down on this one
Sealing the new wires in as I go with thin cyano
Leveling the new wire
Recrowning file, all special tools
End dressing file, 3 functions on one file.
Will steel wool it all smooth and polish the wires
Oiling the board again, it was very dry
Banjo played out nicely with the new frets, we are good to go
Hey, and the peghead hasnt flown off..........yet ! LOL
In my "Stash" I had an original "Paramount" marked bridge
I felt it needed to ride with Grandpa's banjo
There are 2 dots on the head where the bridge must be for
If it gets knocked
over, I have made a special string lift (Invented by
First, loosen the strings somewhat, you do not want to try and stand it up at full tension.
It also allows you to change bridges if need be,,,
without fully tuning down.
Some people like to try alot of bridges and it helps to not
damage bridge tops.
Now in these pics the bridge is
already up so if you wanted to take it out, its like this
You stand it up like this and
slide under the strings.
Flip it over so it supports the strings
Let the handle rest on the head and pull the bridge, sliding
the feet forward
(Remember strings are loosened first)
Just reverse the procedure going back in
You can see all mine that Jim made for me, I just "Pay it
She is settled in and playing very well with very good tone, I
think we have it where we want it, now to finish the back.
All the clear is on, ready to add new felt and the sliding
These are tricky and can
come loose over time and the resonators fall off
This one did at some juncture I fixed all the
cracks when it was down for finish
When its on, I'll show
how I keep them on.
No need to be in there anyway unless work needs doing.
I blew out the case and pulled the old tape, stuck on some new
tape, its good enough to protect the instrument
Not original to the banjo, so no need to go too far.
I will say, as I always say, the only thing these Yellow cases
lack is a dimmer switch :)
Cloth, String lift and Pick
Final pics coming
You can see the repairs here, no need to mask them, its a
Like the filled holes around the tuners where the original
tuner holes once were.
OK, shes all packed up in a box and ready to go home
I hope Grandpa would smile at my efforts, and it was fun to
challenge myself once again with "The headless horseman"
Thanks for watching,
More to come