BANJO FOR SALE
IN SHOP 8-3, for minor restoration
1920s Chas. A. Stromberg and Son
Rosewood neck and Resonator (By Lange)
4 piece flange with factory rhinestones intact
Engraved Hot dog armrest (Lange)
10-5/8" Cuppo-phone tone ring (Pre patent)
Stromberg banjos began life before 1920, as open back
They utilized parts made to their specs, from the Vega Co in
Later Versions like this transitional model, incorporate
both Vega and Wm. Lange (NYC) made parts.
Transitional in the sense that both Vega and Lange parts are
utilized as well as it has gone from an open back to a
They invented a tone ring comprised of tubes, and named it
This was advertising of the day, playing off of the
popularity of "Telephone"
Vega used "Tub-a-phone" in their banjo line
Stromberg was a small 2 man operation, not a
competitor to either of these firms.
My Grandfather was a close friend of Chas.
They had worked together at Thompson -O'dell as well
as Fairbanks, and then Fairbanks-Vega
Grandpa worked with them in this shop as well as tested the
My Father, and many Boston musicians hung out there
and later when his son Elmer started making guitars, they
became famous in that realm.
There could be as few as 1000 Stromberg banjos in the entire
history of the company.
Both men died in 1955.
This model had no name, but it is what became the Marimba .
"Mirimba" (Obvious typo) model
Shown in brochure below, my
Great Uncle Victor Mondello, Great Uncle Gus and Cousin
Paul's namse are listed as an endorsed artist.
Pretty sure Gus was supposed to be Frank, my Grandfather,
Gus was his brother, not a banjoist.
The Cuppo-phone was never meant to be a visual attraction,
but most Stromberg's you see sport a clear head if it has
been in my shop.
EXAMPLE - 1930's Stromberg Deluxe
My Dad on my Deluxe
particular example is interesting to me as a Stromberg
Usually they have a 10-15/16 head, this one is 10 and 5/8, and
has a nice crisp tone even with the old setup and the Rogers
skin a little slack.
A little over 1.25" the nut
1-7/16" at the runoff
Good elevation over arch ring
Paramount "Hot Dog" armrest -engraved
First I have seen on a Stromberg but it still seems OK,
they have Lange necks and Resonators by this time
The Waverly sometimes had a stamped logo at a slant as the
broken example shows.
The original Stromberg tailpieces were stamped Stromberg
and cast brass , they never break. (Shown below)
Some examples of Deluxe had Waverly armrest with this
they also used a "King" armrest for awhile
Early tags had "Chas A.Stromberg and Son", which meant
Harry the older of the two brothers
When Elmer came along and started in the shop, later tags
has "Sons" on them
Harry did the accounting I am told.
Grover Pancake 4:1 tuners
Later they went to Waverly reverse geared tuners, these
were much better.
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