I have installed an original Stromberg tailpiece, to replace a Waverly that was on it
This is a VERY rare tailpiece, and uses "Ball end" strings, not loop end.
I have never encountered another like it.
All parts are counted and paperwork made before shipping to FQMS
Ready to box up, and then the wood gets put into line to be worked on during the time the plating is taking place.
Removing yellowed lacquer and cellulose from bindings purflings
This will make them stand out much better, than just overspraying them with new finish.
Rim on left, (this banjo)already sanded and restained
The other is ready for stain
Necks both final sanded and ready for refinish
Now for the resonators
I will remove all old finish, and seal/clear the components
rims stained, and taking on clear
Another nice job from FQMS
re-installing the tone ring
always rememebr it does have 4 screws holding it down.
Rim shell and skirt installed
Anchor shoes installed
Original head installed
Neck buffed, ready for installation
Buffed MOP buttons before re-insatlling tuners
Since this is the banjo with the most rare of all Stromberg tailpieces, I used a set of Tenor Guitar strings since they have the "Ball" end this TP requires.
It really loads strings easier than the other style, because the string has no way to pop off while tuning it up.
Resonator inside gets one overcoat of finish, and the top marquetry blacked in before the last sprayover
Flanges and hardware installed
Strung to pitch, but resonator is wobbly, because I have not installed the new stops on the rim bottom
First, some new felt in the heel cut
And now the new stops.
Well, I must say it was gratifying as usual to work on yet another Stromberg banjo.
This makes over 30 I have either owned or worked on, and I love them all the same.
Now she can go home to the U.K. and set amongst many other fine banjos from all over.
I still have one more to complete, and then we will wait and see how long, before another arrives.
It can be Years or Days in between, they are rare instruments.
Take care, and thanks for watching.