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MIKE VIGNOLA's
SILVER BELL #4 TENOR
WORKPAGE


ARRIVAL PICS


Banjo will be fully restored with plating and engraved armrest
Plating will be done by Nashville Plating Service
Antique gold


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
No twist


Plain back with turned rings, no logo plate


Someone inset nuts into the rim for lug attachments, clean job
No Mute


Plenty holes in dowel to fill and shade


Matching numbers and reso label in GC
 
 


NEW NOTCHING
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 below
http://www.banjoworld.de/High130.htm
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



RIM - RESO
 


 

There are a couple buckle dents and scratches down into the veneer
I will deal with them after recoloring
 


Strip #1
 


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 last restoration
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



PLATING
BRIGHT GOLD
  Nashville plating Service
 

Another fine job from Ron at   Nashville Plating Service
, 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



ASSEMBLY
 
 


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.



FINAL PICS

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.
Thanks for watching
Vinnie