Used 5-String Open-Back Banjos

Index: 10258
Maker: Bacon & Day
Year: 1921
Notes:

All-Original Bacon Professional FF-2 Curly Maple

pot with 11 1/2" diameter head.

Reproduction 5-String neck by I. G. & B.

25 1/2" Scale length.

Serial: #6383
Condition: EX-FINE
Case:
Price: $2050.00
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Index: 10290
Maker: Bart Reiter
Year: 1993
Notes:

A Like-New Example of No-Longer-Available Grand Concert Model Banjo,

One of Bart Reiter's Bacon Hollow-Rim Reproductons.

Wayverly Geared Pegs. Beautiful Flower-Pot Peg-Head Inlays and

other Engraved Pearl Inlays all accomplished with Bart's inimitable

artistic aplomb.

 

Serial: #989
Condition: Nearly Mint
Case: orig hsc
Price: $2195.00
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Index: 10175
Maker: Bruno
Year: ca. 1910
Notes:

Bruno banjo made by Rettberg & Lange probably around 1910 or so.

Mahogany neck with distinctive Lange heel-carving. Minor playing wear. Fancy shell inlays. Heavy-duty maple rim with large hoop tone-ring.

Some restoration and repairs done in the 1960's or '70's: repaired crack around 4th string tuner; repaired hairline crack next to 5th peg, bit of rim capping repair.

Neck has a bit of a forward bow, but the action is quite low and very playable. Skin head; Original tuners replaced long ago with 1960's era Elton geared pegs.

Presumably original Elite tailpiece. Modern chip-board case.

 

Serial: None
Condition: VG-Exc.
Case: ssc
Price: $$495.00
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Index: 9373
Maker: Cole
Year: ca. 1890
Notes:

11" Rim. 27" Scale.

Original 5-string Neck, Refinished.

Serial: None
Condition: Excellent
Case: yes
Price: $1400.
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Index: 10032
Maker: Cole, Wm.
Year: 1894
Notes:

An all-original Cole's Eclipse in superb original and untouched condition.

Carved boat-heel. Beautiful and multi-colored shell inlays, enhanced by the finest Consalvi engraving we've ever seen.

10 1/2" rim, 27" Scale. There are a couple of dings in the finish and a little loose back-strapping at the 4th string peg.

The pegs are carved ivory... the 5th peg seems to have been repaired. Neck is straight, action is good, virtually no signs of previous

use. Presently strung with nylon strings.

From a Private Collection, this banjo is offered on an As-Is basis.

A modern hard case will be provided.

Serial: #1827
Condition: Excellent and Original
Case: hsc
Price: $4200.00
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Index: 9723
Maker: Epiphone
Year: 1917
Notes:

11 3/4" Rim.

26 1/4" Scale Length.

Reproduction 5-String Neck by I.G.& B.

Calf-Skin Head.

Serial: None
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $1295.00
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Index: 8008
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: ca 1890
Notes:

Reproduction neck with carved heel

Serial:
Condition: Ex-Fine
Case:
Price: $1200.
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Index: 8041
Maker: Fairbanks & Cole
Year: 1888
Notes:

11 1/2 rim, 24in scale

Serial: #8304
Condition: Exc w/ Some Restoration
Case:
Price: $1200.
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Index: 9722
Maker: Lange
Year: ca. 1920
Notes:

Reroduction 5-String Neck by IG.& B.

11 13/16" rim, Wooden Tone-Ring.

26" Scale.

Serial: None
Condition: Ex-fine
Case: hsc
Price: $1395.00
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Index: 9910
Maker: Lyon & Healy
Year: Ca. 1895
Notes:

A striking Presentation Model from the Chicago-based Lyon & Healy Co.

12" Rim, Scale Length is 27".

Extensive pearl inlay and brass-wire designs. Detailed heel-carving in the Washburn style, extending way up the neck

and featuring either a fearsome Sea Monster or a very happy Spaniel Pup.

Some restoration done in the 1970's. Some replaced hardware. Neck straight, Action Low, Plays and sounds great,

looks terrific on the wall.

 

Serial: None
Condition: VG-Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $1995..
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Index: 10009
Maker: Lyon & Healy
Year: ca. 1890
Notes:

Un-Marked Washburn Style Banjo with 11" Rim.

Mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and peg-head facing,

fancy shell inlays, 26" Scale length. Calf-skin head.

Neck is straight, good action.

Presently strung with Nyl-Gut strings.

Period ebony tuning pegs replace incomplete set of ivoroid pegs

which can be included.

 

Serial: None
Condition: Excellent and Original
Case: gig bag
Price: $795.00
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Index: 10007
Maker: Orpheum
Year: Late 'Teens
Notes:

14" Rim with 26" Scale length.

New 5-String neck by I.G.& B.

Presently strung with heavy strings and tuned

a fifth low.

Serial: #11002
Condition: Excellent
Case: yes
Price: $2100.00
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Index: 10299
Maker: Orpheum
Year: Ca. 1915
Notes:

An All-Original Orpheum #2 5-String Banjo from 

The early 'teens.

12 1/4" Rim with 28 " Scale.

Carved Heel.

Straight Neck, Low Action.

Great Player.

Serial: #3013
Condition: Excellent & Original
Case: hsc
Price: $1795.00
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Index: 9390
Maker: Schmick Lyric
Year: ca. 1920
Notes:

All-Original 5-String.

Old Planets.

Straight Neck, Low Action.

10" Head, 27" Scale.

Made by the Vega Co.

Serial: None
Condition:
Case: hsc
Price: $1299.00.
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Index: 10279
Maker: stratton & Handley
Year: 1890's
Notes:

Surely a W.A. Cole banjo made for Stratton & Handley of Lowell, Mass. in the late 1890's.

21 1/2" Scale length, 10 3/4"  Skin Head.

Grover pegs with ivoroid buttons.

This banjo is pretty much all original and un-played except for two

old repairs. Both solid.

From the finish touch-up at the heel, one can see the heel repair,

probably decades old.  the peghead has some finish touch-up but repair is not readily apparent.

 

Serial: None
Condition: VG-EXC.
Case: yes
Price: $875.00
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Index: 9307
Maker: Unknown
Year: 1915/2015
Notes:

Modern Imported Left-Handed Neck Married to a Lange-y Rim with Bacophone Tonering, ca. 1915

10 3/4" Head, 26" Scale.

Serial: None
Condition: EX-FINE
Case: hsc
Price: $750.
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Index: 10276
Maker: Unknown USA
Year: 1969
Notes:

Nice hard case for ex-long neck banjo.

Probably USA '60's-'70's.

We have no idea what banjos this case was made for.

But wait!

This case is a little short for standard Vega and Gibson  "Seeger-Style"

banjos. 

Interior dimensions are 41 1/2" X 12"

Very nice original condition.

shipping by UPS $40.00-$60.00

Serial:
Condition: Excellent
Case:
Price: $45.00
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Index: 10282
Maker: Vega
Year: 1924
Notes:

Vega 10 1/8" Little Wonder pot from a banjo-mandolin.

Nice reproduction 5-string neck by Mike Easly.

Virtually un-played.

Generous dimensions: 1 5/16" at nut.

2 1/8" where neck meets the rim.

24" Scale.

Modest Scoop.

 

Serial: #60616
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $1250.00
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Index: 10289
Maker: Vega
Year: 1913
Notes:

10 1/8" Little Wonder Pot

with nice repro 5-string neck by Wyatt Fawley.

24 3/4" Scale Length.

Frailing Scoop.

Meticulous Fawley Pearl Work.

 

 

 

Serial: #29224
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $1295.
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Index: 7837
Maker: Vega
Year: 1961
Notes:

Dowel-stick.
Some Restoration.

Serial: #100437
Condition: Exc w/ Some Restoration
Case: orig hsc
Price: $SALE:$2400.
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