1920s NYC made 19 fret tenor
Obscure maker, Possibly Epiphone or Lange, for a mail
The likenesses of both companies can be seen on this
Barry found it in a Charity bin up in
Talkeetna AK.It was in poor condition and
The odds of a tenor banjo player living there and then finding
a Tenor banjo
I lost the old "Before Pics" I had on it so will start with
the Disassembly pics
Needs fingerboard leveling, fretting and binding
You can see both Epiphone and Paramount style inlays in the
Neck is Maple/Rosewood multilaminate
I can see Epi in this Marquetry
Stripping the old finish, everything will get the minimum 4
coat production finish
The dowel was broken and steel shims stuck up in the neck
I will go back with a rod, no need to re-invent the wheel
on this banjo.
The reason you cannot see the laminates all the way up is
because that top stuff is all a wood filler
That's not a heel crack, this is laminate and that is only
a crack in the outside piece. easy to seal
Scraping all the old finish off the peghead, stripper would
affect the binding
There was not ONE loose glue joint in this laminate wonder.
New celluloid bindings
Side markers added
The board was thirsty so I gave it 4 coats oil
Remo 11" top frosted Pre EPA head, good tone from them
MOP acyrlic to fix up the missing pieces, quick way out.
Ill scrape the edges to profile when it cures
Blocked off the mortise, ready for rod
Oldstyle Gibson rod will do the trick, all I had was a Gold
one, no biggie.
That will keep the rim in centric.
Reamed for modern cheap geared tuners, they work just fine
Cream buttons look good on it
I have had this set of High dollah T-Es around a long
time, wanted to use them for a little more subdued tone from the
bright archtop and before they get old.
Original bridge on for looks, I'll use a Farquhar 2 foot
A little provenance to send it along with.
Found a Vega 24 bracket Gibson style armrest I was able to
modify for it, that finishes it out
Plays well up and down with a much better tone than I had
expected from it.
Now it will wait for BG and Missy to arrive and pick it up along
with the Arctic 6.
Another fallen soldier patched up and sent back to the front
lines to do "Mountain Duty"
If nothing else it can be the "Loaner Tenor" to be hung in the
Latitude 62 Lodge, alongside the Bacon short scale 5 String.
Thanks for watching