SILVER BELL #4 TENOR
Banjo will be fully restored with plating and engraved armrest
Plating will be done by Nashville Plating Service
Tailpiece in poor condition with one broken ear
Hole in rim, to be plugged
Faux amber buttons to be replaced with MOP
Quite a bit of neck relief to be worked out of it
Plain back with turned rings, no logo plate
Someone inset nuts into the rim for lug attachments, clean job
Plenty holes in dowel to fill and shade
Matching numbers and reso label in GC
That's a new one on me, but the correct old script.
You notice how well cut the hex nut is in the sidewall, there are two of these and then...
INFO ADDED 5-12
Courtesy Tyler Jackson
The "New Notching" wording seems to indicate that this rim assembly would be a transition between the round hole 3/8" flanges that were cut out to be the "F" hole flanges
They have more F Holes than the later models, this was a way to use up round hole flanges as they transitioned into "F" hole
You can easily see the round hole in the center of the "F" holes
Thanks to Gunter Amendt as well for the info
It shows another example on a NPU6
Penciling shows NE6, so it was downgraded to a 4 (opinion)
2 of the square nuts, cut in equally as well.
Ironic, like job was done by same guy at two different times.
Metal will now head to Nashville Plating Service
Armrest deplated and sent to Ron Raymer for #4 Graving
There are a couple buckle dents and scratches down into the veneer
I will deal with them after recoloring
Now for a second, its got plenty on it
All grooves cleaned out
Medium brown applied
Same process here
That's all that will come out without wood removal
Now that I have things colored and sealed I will "Drop fill" with Lacquer, the deep dents and then go on with coats of clear
Those lines are dark, that's a flash from the camera
Drop filling between coats
Heat press has the neck flat, now I will compression fret
Pulling old wires
Its a recent refret but to level the neck it has to have new ones. again that are tightly fit
That's why you use the tape, this whole block came loose
Shows how dry these old banjos can get, glue wise
It also is good for laying back down chips when frets are pulled
Leveling the board, high in the center, cupped
The fret slots are so dry they are actually "drinking in" the Cyano.
Its taken a good 10 ccs to get them full
Now the board is stable and all the loose areas under the frets have rigidity again
Under the old refinish I can see where the banjo once had Waverly reverse gears, that is the only tuner other that Epiphone that had the extra post
This will be flattened and reblackened
Second strip on the neck
Brushed all the old finish from the carvings
Now for some hand staining and shading
Cleaning the old color off of all the white laminates and binding
This is my thing, I do not like leaving stain over white and when they come in that way, they do not leave that way.
After I rub in stain I make sure they stay defined
Cleaning the center laminate
And then the heel laminates
Now when I shoot clear it will all "POP"
Drop filling in between coats
Its taking more on peghead reverse to reverse excessive sanding on
Then they filled the tuner holes they got a little frisky with the sandpaper
Once the dowel gets a coat I will be ready to buff
Another fine job from Ron at Nashville
, now to get the rim assembled
And thanks to Ron Raymer at Raymer Studios for the nice correct armrest gravings
All of the hideous holes in dowel plugged, ready for tint and finish
Rim inserts added
Screws shortened to ease resonator attachment
Set up on Renaissance head
Setup on Farquhar 1/2
.050 shim could bridge it to 9/16
Pick Holder installed
Reflection of paper with parts on it.
Banjo has been settling in and I have been adjusting it.
I think we are ready to send her on home so Mike can wring out and tweak it as he sees fit
Plays well up and down, a sweeter tone than the #1 we did on the last run.
Oh yeah, spare parts!
They will be in the case
This was my 1st #4 tenor and I am happy to send it on its way with such a fine new look about it.
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