Unknown, looks like
Buckbee after the style of
Morrison, banjo 071
$425 plus S&H
No maker's name. Has symmetrical MOP inlays above and below the nut; I'm calling this a Buckbee made in the style of Morrison.
I've seen this style of dowel yoke on a unnamed banjo, probably made by Buckbee for Herschel Fenton. This one also has interesting double-pointed shoes.
Fingerboard and peghead front were ruined, and I replaced w/ black-stained black walnut.
Has a 5-pointed flower at the bottom of the fingerboard. It was missing the octave fret marker and the wood at the 12th fret was also gone, so I had no clue as to what was there originally.... I duplicated the flower at the octave.
Was also missing a circular inset on the bottom of the heel, so I put in a MOP and abalone compass-star.
Top & bottom rolled-over rim, notched tension hoop.
Nylgut Minstrel strings.
Uses violin pegs.... takes some getting used-to if you've never used them. These are bit less precise than geared tuners, and take more attention than geared tuners. The banjo stays in tune.
Head dia. = 11 1/2"
Scale length 26 1/2"
String span @ nut = 1 1/8"
String span @ heel = 1 5/8".
Bridge = 5/8"
32 shoes & hooks (missing one shoe & hook)
* action @ heel = 1/4".
Normal scuffing for an old banjo. Pot metal is moderately tarnished, tension hoop is heavily tarnished.
I replaced some of the missing inlays.
ON THE PLUS SIDE:
Very good tone & playability, attractive inlays
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