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Vintage Orpheum No 1 Five String Banjo

Sold ! This banjo is no longer for sale (sold on 2009-12-06)
Price : US $886.00



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Hi folks. Offered here today is a fine vintage Orpheum five string banjo. This banjo started out as a mandolin but was converted long ago to a five string. I have the original mandolin neck and will include it to keep it all together. This Orpheum has a 11 1/8'' head with the famous Lange raised tone ring that make these and the Paramount banjos famous for their sound. I've owned this banjo for several years and have never had any issues with it. It is sturdy and dependable. The craftsman who made the neck chose a nice flamed maple and laminated a double ebony stripe. There are also laminations under the peghead, fingerboard, and heel cap. The laminated stripes extend through the perch pole. The fingerboard is thick ebony bound with white and black. Side dots help keep track of where you are playing. The inlays are traditional Orpheum No. 1 and more like the ones found on the fine tenor banjos they made. There is a fixed truss rod with no adjustment. It is only visible if the fifth string tuner is removed. The tuners are old Schallers I think. The nut and pip are bone and new. The frets are still in good shape. The original Rettberg & Lange pot is nicely figured birdseye maple. All the original hardware exists in good shape. This banjo even has the ''hot dog'' armrest and that makes the grooved tension ring very comfortable to play. The original ebony wedges hold the neck tightly to the pot. These Orpheums don't really have serial numbers. Banjo historians use the patent number to date them to 1915 or later. A Waverly tailpiece holds the strings in place. I have a rennisance head installed


Sold ! This banjo is sold (sold on 2009-12-06)



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