Bill Manos
B&D Silver Bell #3 Tenor
WORKPAGE
12-11

 Repair armrest
 Frets
General cleanup - polish hardware
get Digital tuner

INITIAL PICS


Original banjo in fair to good condition with heavy playing wear and normal signs of age
Armrest is broken off on one mount, needs resoldering


Finish os worn and checking, recommend total refinish with fretting and plating
 


Engraved patterns and rings on back in fair cond.

No heel breaks, carving is normal


Lots of stuff flying in case, I will police that


Skin head is pulled near max, recommend Remo Renaissance for modern setup



DISASSEMBLY
 
 


Strings held by the adjusters instead of the string holders, may affect tuning
i will place them where they go.
 


Mute has additional lock nuts


That looks like a backlash eh?


getting ready to clean the metalwork


First I 'll pull all of the frets


They feel loose, the slots will need some stiffening up


Sealing the slot edges, I may have to pull the binding and deepen them if this doesn't stabilize them


Waiting on a new shipment of fret wire, I have ran myself plum out this month
It's in good company

Resoldered armrest mount


Buffed the armrest and hand cleaned all other hardware


Hand cleaned residue from tone ring, ready to setup rim
Rim cleaned and waxed
Hardware waxed


Original head re-installed and at tension
 


I took an arbor and wedge and pushed up the flattened spot on the flange


Ready to go


ready for frets


StewMac 147 wire will be used


Compression fretting in these old slots is essential


ready for sealing


All sealed in and ready to level


Frets leveled and polished
All excess sealer removed and Im oiling and steel wooling the board
 


Ready to reinstall


The bridge that came on it is a little tired, so I deemed this instrument worthy of something from the "old bridges" drawer


An original Bacon marked bridge from that period, 2 footed
 


They do not come around every day, and it is one of my favorite old factory bridges that gives the old tyme sound.
 


Ready to tune down and stow it away


Head is marked where the intonation os correct .for the bridge

The banjo plays well with a full powerful projecting tone, one of the best Silver Bells that has passed thru this shop
Some just have it better than others!
I hope Bill likes it and that it gives good service, after a couple days of settling in, I will send her on back home
Thanks for watching, Vinnie

 
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