VINTAGE APOLLO CONN 4 String Banjo With Case USED
This banjo is no longer for sale (sold on 2010-02-28)
Price : US $166.66
VINTAGE APOLLO CONN 4 String Banjo With Case - USED
Up for auction is a VINTAGE APOLLO CONN 4 String Banjo With Case.
It is quite heavy at 15 pounds!
The banjo in most particulars is a Leedy top-tension 19-fret tenor, manufactured around 1930. Leedy was an Indianapolis-based company best-known for its drums. It went into the banjo manufacturing line in 1925, but by 1929 the banjo boom was fading away, That year Leedy went broke, along with much of the United States, and sold their operations to the Conn Co. in Elkhart, IN. Conn phased out the banjo line as soon as it could, but probably used up the remaining stock of banjo parts that it had received from Leedy, only changing the lettering on the peghead. So this banjo is one of the last of the genuine Leedy tenors from the banjo boom of the 20s, and an extemely rare item on that account. It's certainly the only Conn-labeled Leedy that I've ever seen. For Leedy collectors that should be a prettyy cool thing. Unfortunately Leedy collectors are even smaller in number than the actual numbers of banjos produced--Leedy has less cachet than Gibson, Paramount, or Bacon and Day instruments for banjo fans. In a way their rarity works against them--there aren't enough good ones around to make a solid reputation. The Apollo model is a mid-grade Leedy product.
Now to the issues: first the crack in the heel of the neck. It was repaired at one time, but the repair was amateurishly done, both functionally and cosmetically. There is a muddy brown stain plastered over the crack that do
This banjo is sold (sold on 2010-02-28)
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