All original and constructed in the mid- 2000’s, this Crafters Tennessee Flathead wears a maple neck and resonator. The maple rim features a heavy, 20-hole ‘Mastertone’ style tone ring. The fret board and peg head inlays are as spectacular as is the genuine Bluegrass tone of this banjo. A separated neck and peg head has been nicely repaired and is virtually invisible. Considered to be in Very Good+ condition and found in its original mock-alligator skin covered plywood case, our price is $1895.
Despite above average wear and tear, this 1935 C.F. Martin 0-17 (#59238) has survived its eighty-five years with no cracks in the top or back. A ding on the bass-side upper bout is sealed. The bridge is a Martin replacement with a drop-in "thru-saddle" bone saddle. The 1-3/4 inch ebony nut has been exchanged for bone. The replacement tuners are Schaller "Grand Tune." A recent neck reset is evident and a flat top hard shell case is included. Please call for pricing.
Made in West Germany, here is a Dieter Hopf Grand Professional Modell (1409/24) from 1978 with a red cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides. The 53.5mm nut and the bridge saddle are of bone. The fret board is ebony, the bridge is rosewood. In Very Good+ condition and residing in a period plywood case, the price is $2400.
Here is a Schoenberg/C.F. Martin collaboration OM model from 1990 (#500078). The heavy lifting for this project was done by T.J. Thompson in the Schoenberg shop and then signed off on by the Martin folks. The top of this remarkable sounding instrument is spruce; the back and sides are mahogany. The 1-3/4 inch nut and the bridge saddle are of bone. Residing in its original hard shell case, this beauty is in Near Mint condition. Please call for pricing.
Another of Chicago's own, this Harmony model H162 dates from the middle to late 1960's. With a solid spruce stop, solid mahogany back and sides, and a recently reset pearwood neck, a replacement rosewood bridge and replacement tuners can be observed. Considered to be in Excellent condItion and residing in a new hard shell case, the price is $785.
J.B. Schall, one of Chicago's preeminent banjo makers, is responsible for this Imperial model merrywang from the late 1800's. Schaller Precision Pegs have replaced the violin style originals. The neck and the spun-over rim appear to be Spanish cedar. A new goatskin head, a Morris bridge and Aquila nylon strings are present. In Excellent condition and residing in a nicely padded bag, the price of this instrument is $1450.
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