Tenor Banjos Standard Scale

Ashbury MasterClone
A stunning instrument built to a pre-war Gibson specification, with heavy flat-head tonering, one-piece flange, maple rim, mahogany neck, golden sunburst resonator, rosewood fingerboard with stunning inlays, clamshell tailpiece, gold-plated. New Renaissance head, new strings, new bridge. A powerhouse banjo suitable for Irish or jazz. Excellent condition. £500. Photos
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Bacon & Day Ne Plus Ultra
On Consignment. The instrument is with its owner in Canada, who is a specialist at shipping worldwide.
Here is a very rare opportunity to own such a B&D Ne Plus Ultra banjo; less than 5 of these banjos are known to exist.
This one had previously belonged to Johnny Baier, Buddy Wachter & Luke Howe. It seems to have traveled through John Bernunzio's shop at one time, to Germany and back to North America again.
The banjo itself has a 12" diameter Head & Pot w/ a prototype archtop tonering system that later became the Symphonie. These banjos were custom orders from Frank Reino himself to the Bacon Banjo Co. As a soloist in the Vincent Lopez Orchestra in the late 1920s, Reino had one of these in the band - which stayed in the band when he left for the Paul Ash Orchestra. Reino kept his own No.8 which is now held by a German collector (sold after his death in 1950s according to his family). The tone of this banjo is huge and powerful. The one-piece ebony neck plays like a dream (Yes - one piece, unlike all other NPUs which have 3 piece necks).
Shipping provided with the sale of this banjo. $7000. Price is negotiable. Photos
Please contact Peter at the following email address to discuss this instrument. corfield.peter@gmail.com
Bacon & Day Custom
An upgraded No2 Special. 23" scale, Silver Bell No1 extended fingerboard neck, f-hole flange, Oettinger tailpiece, Whyte Laydie tone ring, some non-original resonator screws, low action, great frets, stunning tone. HSC. £1600  Photos
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Bacon & Day Gordon
This instrument is in Germany. Please contact the owner "Gregor" direct with any questions or queries.
1930. Identical to a B&D Senorita, but predating that model by two years. On the worlds leading Bacon & Day database, there are only 24 Gordons recorded, 23 of them are tenors and with a total of only 250-300 being made between 1928-1934, this banjo is very rare. Stunning overall condition and a great sound. HSC. £600. Photos
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Clifford Essex Paragon

Grafton street model, with a reproduction neck. All original hardware, one tiny crack on the resonator sidewall otherwise undamaged throughout. Low action on a 5/8 bridge. Beautiful condition. HSC. £3000  Photos  
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Epiphone Recording Artist On Sale

Circa 1934, 19 frets, 23" scale, walnut, nickel-plated, straight neck, excellent frets, twin co-ordinator rods, engraved tailpiece, one non-original hook & nut, quality modern tuners, no damage, cracks, or repairs, low action. Overall a beautiful original example with that incomparable Epiphone tone. HSC. £1850 including postage to the UK and Europe. Photos
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Epiphone Recording Artist
An extremely rare long-scale Epiphone tenor banjo with 20 frets and a 24" scale. Walnut, nickel-plated, arrow-straight neck,
perfect frets, Grover two-band tuners, missing arm-rest, replacement tailpiece. HSC. Beautiful condition. £2500. Photos
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Gibson Recording King

1930, FON 9617-8, as accredited in Joe Spann's book.

This was the highest grade model made by Gibson for Montgomery Ward and is listed in their catalogue as model #507. It features many of the appointments found on high-end Gibson's including-  curly maple, two-piece flange (with hexagonal openings), gold plated and engraved hardware, twin co-ordinator rods, modern tuners, 40-hole archtop tone ring, the resonator binding is of the "Christmas lights" variety as found on Florentine and Bella Voce models, the fingerboard inlays are identical to those used on the Style 6, straight neck, great frets, original plating, the woodwork was refinished decades ago. Beautiful condition with no damage or repairs. OHSC. £5000. Photos

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Gibson Mastertone TB6/Florentine The Andrew Metzgar Banjo
FON 9337-1, circa 1929.  This banjo is most likely unique and is an interesting mix of two of Gibson’s high-end Mastertone styles. The fingerboard inlays and chequerboard trim are typical of a Style 6, and the gold-plated hardware is engraved with the pattern used on the ornate Florentine, the Grover clamshell tailpiece is engraved "Florentine", two-piece flange, 40-hole archtop tone ring, deluxe Grover tuners with solid pearl buttons, armrest-activated mute (missing a wooded pad). Other features including mahogany wood, dark finish, and concentric rings of checkerboard purfling on the back of the resonator are not featured on any other standard Gibson model, leading to believe this instrument was custom made for Andrew Metzgar, whose name is engraved on the truss-rod cover, fitted with a Fishman rare-earth pickup, modern case.

Comes with a full written appraisal/valuation by Joe Spann. £9000  Photos

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Jedson High Grade. On Consignment On Sale

One of the highest grade banjos Jedson made and styled on a Paramount (possibly made under license). Stunning walnut resonator and neck, maple rim, archtop ring, gold plated, solid pearl tuner buttons, figure 8 tuners, ebony fingerboard with beautiful inlays, perfect frets, the neck, and resonator have been refinished in a traditional manner, stunning tone. HSC. £650. Photos
Please contact the owner Larry to discuss this instrument lmaginniss1@gmail.com

 

Ludwig Cort

American black walnut, new finish, and plating, original hardware. Stunning condition. HSC. £1000.  Photos

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Majestic Deluxe 
Made by Puntolillo, New York in the 1920s. A very early Deluxe, serial #4. Brazilian rosewood neck and resonator, rosewood veneered maple rim, ebony fingerboard with pearl inlays, archtop tonering, the neck is multi-layered in different coloured woods, beautiful marquetry to the resonator, intricate peghead inlay, original nickel-plated hardware with some wear to the hooks,
straight neck, excellent frets. HSC. £2200  Photos
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Montgomery Ward Recording King

1930, FON 9617-8, as accredited in Joe Spann's book.

This was the highest grade model made by Gibson for Montgomery Ward and is listed in their catalogue as model #507. It features many of the appointments found on high-end Gibson's including-  curly maple, two-piece flange (with hexagonal openings), gold plated and engraved hardware, twin co-ordinator rods, modern tuners, 40-hole archtop tone ring, the resonator binding is of the "Christmas lights" variety as found on Florentine and Bella Voce models, the fingerboard inlays are identical to those used on the Style 6, straight neck, great frets, original plating, the woodwork was refinished decades ago. Beautiful condition with no damage or repairs. OHSC. £5000

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Paramount Leader
Rosewood, straight neck, excellent frets, beautiful crisp engravings, original tailpiece, and hot-dog armrest, the modern tuners have been recessed in a Weymann style, excellent condition, incredible sound. HSC. £1600.  Photos
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Paramount Style B Maple

1923, maple, a beautiful example with original hardware and original frets, perfect heel, straight neck, HSC.
Ex/mint condition. £1500. Photos
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Paramount Style F
New York circa 1925. The Style F was the top of the range and boasts the following appointments. India rosewood neck, rim, and resonator, carved heel and peghead, quadruple gold-plated and engraved metalwork, solid pearl tuner buttons, engraved fingerboard, and peghead inlays, the neck, rim, and resonator are inlaid with multi-coloured woods,non-original tailpiece, the original tailpiece which needs work will come with the banjo. Stunning. HSC. £2000.  Photos

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Paramount Tenor Harp

Made by Paramount New York circa 1920s. Styled like a tenor banjo but made entirely of wood, with an arched, spruce top, maple neck, and resonator. One odd tuner otherwise 100% original. Beautiful tone. HSC. Offers.  Photos

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Richelieu Golden Eagle Archtop 1 of 2
Made in Wisconsin, maple neck, rim and resonator, bell-bronze archtop tonering, arrow straight neck, perfect frets, one tiny chip of lacquer missing from resonator otherwise mint throughout, probably the best profiled neck ever made. OHSC. £2850. Photos

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Richelieu Golden Eagle Archtop 2 of 2

19 fret, maple, nickel-plated, Archtop, needs work but plays beautifully and sounds amazing. HSC. 
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Stromberg Marimba
On consignment. The instrument is located in Worcestershire

Circa 1922, maple, arch-top cuppertone tone ring, modern tuners otherwise all original. Stromberg were renowned for their quality and workmanship and this instrument is a testament to that. An incredible instrument with an incomparable tone.

HSC. £1150.  Photos

Please contact Tony Maginniss to discuss this instrument. antmac70@talktalk.net  Collection only. 

Vegaphone Professional 

1927, maple, 23" scale, Tubaphone tonering, four-piece flange, new hooks and nuts, straight neck, excellent frets,

upgraded with Gotoh tuners and a Tensionator tailpiece. Low action on a 5/8 bridge. Set up in GDAE.

Beautiful condition. HSC. £1200.  Photos

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VegaVox Special

Here we have a Martin-built Vox, with an 11 1/16 rim and a unique tone ring. Research has led me to believe this was a prototype model. One other is known to exist. The tailpiece is functional, but in true Vox style, has lost its rigidity. HSC. £1000. Photos

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Vega Style N Custom
A Style N rim, with a custom inlaid neck and a Silver Bell-shaped flange. An incredible looking and sounding banjo, to suit a player of any standard. No case. £700.  Photos

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Vegaphone Artist

Maple, four-piece flange, heavily inlaid and engraved fingerboard, carved heel, rhinestones added to the rim, peghead and flange. HSC. £1400.  Photos

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Windsor Monarch Supremus
A very rare, high-grade Windsor in Walnut. Heavy-duty archtop rim, gold plated. The resonator could do with some TLC, but is perfectly usable as-is. Pretty much untouched from new, as can be seen from the original head which was fitted when it arrived. It is now fitted with a super-tight modern head. Comes complete with its original "Savoy" case. £1000 Photos
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Windsor Supremus Deluxe
An incredibly rare arch-top Windsor in Rosewood, stunning gold plating, profusely engraved, and marquetry decorated resonator. The neck is not original but is made from rosewood and compliments the banjo perfectly. 
Now fitted with modern gold plated tuners. HSC. £2200.  Photos

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