After cleaning the major "scum" off with polishing compound, I can now buff it, without smearing.
No heel crack, very straight neck.
No laminate, no truss rod.
Serial number on inside of hoop
Serial number on inside of rim
Serial number over dowel cutout
Heavy fingernail gouging, that will be left as patina.
It appears to have been played Classical style.
Dowel end is fitted for rim insertion.
Dowel is solid, not loose
Heavy board dryout, with many chunks missing.
Will require the full cyano/fill treatment
Total devastation of upper 3 blocks.
Those divits are much deeper than they appear.
Overlay in raising, and will be sealed as well
Gouged from washers around ill fitting tuners
Those are claw marks, on the button, from "anchoring" while playing
Who was this "yeti like"banjo playing animal???
5th peg is solid, works OK
Hoop has nice stamped artistry in it
All cleaned and assembled, with a newer calfskin, but still vintage.
All matching hardware, original
very intrcate shoe castings.
I will make this one flush fretted, so I can level whats left of this board, and still use it, as the NICE abalone inlays are thick enough
Sealed, leveled and ready to fret
Ill use celluloid binding, same OD as fret slotting saw
all in, half leveled, ready to stain, and lacquer
Newer "No Knot" tailpiece
Vintage planet tuners and ivroid buttons
Plays very well on Thomastik Flatwounds, but I think I will go to heavy nylon, for even more power.