dating agencies in derbyshire - Dating orpheum banjos

The letters were followed by a number indicating the grade or quality of the instrument: -00 (double zero) was bottom of the line (although there was a short-lived “Jr.” model which was the least expensive); -0 was next; -1 was slightly better, and usually meant nickel plating and plain-colored finish; -11 (double 1) was a secondary inexpensive version; -2 followed with fancier inlays and extra binding; -3 was fancier; -4 fancier yet; and -5 (for a brief period) was the fanciest model boasting gold plating, choice curly maple, and elaborate inlay designs.

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When traders brought African slaves to America, the slaves brought their own music—and musical instruments—with them. With a body made from a gourd, the banjo was first reported in 1620 by the captain of a ship on the Gambia River.

Structurally, the banjo is very similar to a drum, with an animal skin stretched over a rim.

It is built well, if certainly to a price (like all Sears product! The elegant original hooks and nuts are original except for one nut .

) with a fairly thin 19th century style spunover rim and a maple neck with medium-fancy pearl inlay. Despite its Sears & Roebuck origins this is a fairly classy old banjo, with pearl inlay and good quality woods.

Maple was selected for its superior bending qualities compared to other woods in it’s weight/mass class (cherry, oak, etc.) at approx 35-40 pounds per cubic foot.

Depending on the model, there were either of three or four plies: three plies of 1/4″ maple to make up a 3/4″ rim machined down for one-piece flange models, and four plies of 1/4″ rim to make up the heavy rim used for tube-and-plate models.

Stewart "Champion" 5-string custom-made banjo, S/N 15747, Circa 1894 S.

Stewart 5-string banjo-banjeaurine, S/N 18403, Circa 1896 S. Stewart 5-string "Solo Banjeaurine", S/N 18837, Circa 1896 S. Stewart 5-string "Cello" banjo, S/N 62758, Circa 1898 S. Stewart "20th Century" 5-string banjo, S/N 63505, Circa 1900 S. Stewart "Special" 5-string banjo, S/N 69404, Circa 1900 S. Stewart Acme Professional-University Glee 5-string banjo, Circa 1900 Unmarked fretless 5-string banjo, Circa 1860 Unmarked fretless 5-string banjo, Circa 1865 Unmarked fretless 5-string banjo, Circa 1867 Unmarked Teed-style fretless 5-string banjo, Circa 1870 Unmarked fretless 5-string banjo Circa 1870 Unmarked flush-fret 5-string banjo Circa 1870's Unmarked fretless 5-string banjo, Circa 1870's Unmarked fretless 5-string banjo Circa 1870's Unmarked top-tension 5-string banjo Circa 1880 Unmarked bass banjo Circa 1890 Wurlitzer mandolin, Circa 1915 Gibson K-1 mandocello, Circa 1916 Weymann Mandolute, No.

Since my interest in banjos stems in part from my interest in the technological development of the instrument over the years, my collection spans the period from the 1840s to the 1920s.

As my collection evolves, banjos presented on the home page of this site may be removed and added to a "banjos I previously owned" page.

I read the English content on Shiga-san's site (Paul had missed that) and found nothing of interest except a couple of dates. I weighed putting these on my site, but they belong here.

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