Langstile Deluxe Plectrum #070
$600 plus S&H
This banjo had a severely rutted fingerboard when I got it. The rutting was up to approx. 2 mm deep above the 1st fret, and all the inter-fret spaces are rutted up to about the 16th fret. The frets were only moderately worn, so I assume that the player either had a very light touch or else the frets had been replaced at some point.
The inlays and fingerboard were thick enough to allow me to sand down the fingerboard to remove most of the ruts. I used CA glue and fine sawdust to level out a few remaining ruts. I put in new frets.
This banjo has a distinctive tone ring & metal tubes through the thick, wooden pot, arch-top, top-tensioned head, 22 frets.
Very nice wooden marquetry on pot and resonator. Geared, "Page" tuners.
Head dia. = 10⅞" across the inside of the tension hoop, 9¼" across the tone ring.
Scale length 27⅛".
Normal scuffing for an old banjo. Neck finish is in fair-to-good condition, pot & resonator finish in good condition. Metal is tarnished but not corroded. Metal "hot dog" armest is heavily worn.
A plug for a microphone cord was set in the resonator, see picture.
A small piece of binding is missing on the treble side at the heel.
A hole was drilled in the dowel @ the "Lange-Made" stamp, about 1/8" by 3/8" deep (doesn't pass all the way through the dowel).
Neck looks to be true.
ON THE PLUS SIDE:
This is a very well-made banjo, with very nice marquetry and overall high workmanship as you would expect from Lange. Tone is very good & rich.
Here's a link to a Langstile Deluxe tenor that was sold by Elderly Instruments: