USED c. 1920 S.S. Stewart tenor banjo 20 1/2" scale, 11 1/2" maple rim with birdseye veneer and simple archtop tone ring, 3-piece maple neck, friction tuners, Elite tailpiece, good quality calfskin head and period arm rest. Straight neck with good frets. Decent player. Includes period hard case. $249
USED 1921 Fairbanks-Vega Style X No. 9 tenor banjo (sn 52188)
Approx. 21.5" scale, rare 11.5" rim, 17 frets plus three extended. 28 brackets. Excellent set up with Renaissance head, action at the 12th fret is 1/8".
Straight neck, very minor fret wear (probably refretted with wire slightly bigger than the originals were). Tubaphone tone ring, bracket band, backstrapping, carved heel. All inlays, binding (neck and pot, inside and out), marquetry, etc. are intact. Correct original hooks and nuts, two-pointed shoes, Kershner Unique tailpiece and gold-plated tuners with pearl buttons. Plating is excellent, not perfect, but I can't see any plating loss on any nickel or gold-plated part. Ferrule is broken (half is missing). Excellent original banjo and an excellent player. Includes period hard case. SOLD
USED 1919 Gibson TB-0 tenor banjo (sn 11532-15) Early student model tenor. 20 7/8" scale, 10 1/2" rim with dowel stick and coordinator rod, original hardware, newly mounted Stern calfskin head. Neck is bowed but pot is excellent. Includes original hard case. $295
USED 1938 Kay Artist tenor banjo Handsome, Art Deco-styled with pearloid fingerboard, peghead overlay, heel cap and resonator inlay. 11" rim, 23" scale. Guitar style tuners, deep 2.5" resonator, calfskin head, Waverly flip top tailpiece. Exceptionally nice condition and set up well. Includes hard case. $395
USED 4-String Banjos
USED c. 1925 Avalon plectrum banjo
Made (most likely) by Wm. Lange
Distributed by Henry Stadlmair
Rare, intermediate level plectrum with thick (11/16") 10 3/4" maple rim and Little Wonder style tone ring. Straight neck with great original frets. Approx. 26 1/4" scale. Elite tailpiece, calfskin head. Fresh set up. Includes nice hard case. $395
USED c. 1917-'20 Oscar Schmidt Sovereign tenor banjo
Another fine example from the early tenor banjo era. 11" wooden rim with fancy marquetry all around, 21" scale mahogany neck, fancy abalone inlays. Tone ring is a rolled rod in a spun metal sleeve. Original hardware, including a No-Knot tailpiece and Grover Champion tuners. Set up with a very old calfskin head and a (probably original) simple maple bridge. Decent player. Includes period hard case. $375
USED 1937 B&D Silver Bell Serenader tenor banjo Professional level, pre-Gretsch B&D tenor. 11" rim, 23" scale, Oettinger tailpiece, Silver Bell tone ring. Originally nickel plated, the tension hoop, tone ring, tailpiece and flange have been chrome plated. Currently awaiting minor repair and set up. Includes hard case. ON HOLD
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USED 1966 Bacon Symphonie Silver Bell tenor banjo (sn 26020) 11" pearloid clad maple rim, approx 23" scale, 3-piece maple neck, archtop tone ring, Oettinger tailpiece. Fancy appointments throughout including engraved, multicolored inlays in fingerboard, pedghead front and reverse and resonator, gold plated hardware, pearloid tuner buttons and bright rhinestones in peghead. Nice player. Includes hard case. $1295
USED Gold Tone TS-250 tenor banjo 3-ply maple rim with bell brass Mastertone style tone ring and one piece flange, maple neck, mahogany resonator, planetary tuners. Excellent condition and set up. Includes hard case. SOLD
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