Vintage Conqueror Banjo 30's Art Deco Styled w/case
This banjo is no longer for sale (sold on 2010-01-25)
Price : US $74.99
Good condition ' Conqueror ' Banjo, obviously vintage... needs a tune up, but overall we'd give her a 8 out of 10 here, with no marks / cracks or damage. Great art deco styling, and a wonderful playing quality instrument. Lots of pearl inlay, truss rod, beautiful wood 'weave' design - this is obviously a well made banjo. Includes a hard case ( which has seen better days ), and everything as shown. The only information we have on these is that they were imported by a company called 'Bruno', information is below.
Name: C. Bruno & Sons
Main category: Historical instrument brand / manufacturer
Instruments distributor founded by Charles Bruno in 1834 in Macon, Georgia.
According to Bill Reese's article on Orpheum banjos, Bruno was one of many late 19t C. banjo brands manufactured first by John Henry Buckbee and later by Rettberg & Lange.
I have not been able to find out who made most of the guitars for the brand but between in 1838 Charles Bruno and Christian Frederick Martin entered a short-lived partnership that only lasted a year so Bruno guitars from that period would probably have been made by Martin.
At least some late 19th C. Bruno guitars were European made and during the 1960s the Bruno brand name was used for Japanese made electric guitars.
This banjo is sold (sold on 2010-01-25)
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