Rare Collector Grade Instrument
Paramount "Artcraft "
19 fret tenor
It's wonderful when the history can come along with the banjo.
19 fret tenor banjo
Original unrestored condition
Hardshell case is missing the top
All parts will be cleaned with sterile water and triple waxed with Renalssance
Odd...the logo is upside down on this one.
The best of the best, in my opinion when a museum quality wax is required
all small parts hand cleaned and waxed, no machine buff was used on this renovation
Orig gold is VG, with only oxidation on the tension hooks on the "Sweaty side" of the banjo
Lightly cleaned original Rogers head
a little Tung oil on the resonator and then a triple waxing
More dirt than wear on the fretboard but the wires will be replaced
all wires removed
Removing the scum before refret with 0000 wool
Going back in with Stewmac 764 wire, its thin like the original, but a nicer radius
Glueing with cyano as I go
marking the fret tops for leveling
After all the fretwork, Im filling the inlay's graved lines with the proper compund
Why am I not surprised, after all, I touched it....
Another Page bites the dust
In this instance I have a bit of luck
A Super Paramount with 3 Pages with Catalins and an oddball Elton
I'm sure the owner will not mind, he owns them both!
Its the correct color gold, and the correct Page 8 for the Artcraft
I would rather have the better of the 2 banjos correct and I'm sure the boss will as well.
I have tripled waxed the neck and will mount it back up
After 3 coats of Tung Oil , the fingerboard is once again revitalized
Ready to setup
Repairing an original Paramount bridge, that would be the icing on
I will add a little ebony to the insert and maple onto the wing, and dye the repair to match.
Now thats a nice detail to have back on her.
Its been a pleasure to work on
a time capsule such as this one and now it is time for Derek to FINALLY
experience this himself, since he has never even touched it yet!
Nice 20s ragtime sound, clear and concise, great single string melody instrument.
Thanks for watching,