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Banner Blue Tenor Banjo

This banjo was rescued from my brother-in-law's home. I guess they had found it in the trash and were using it as a wall hanging. I had begun to play tenor and wanted another banjo, so my son could play. I had my luthier friend Charlie Lavalle put a new head on it, a new No-Knot tailpiece and a new bridge. Once he got it all back together and cleaned up a little, I found I was in possession of a pretty playable tenor. She was a loud one too, as well as being easier to fret and more likely to stay in tune. I played this ol' beater every day until I got the bug to play some 5-String...

    This is the front of my Banner Blue Tenor. She is pretty plain and has dot inlays at the 5th, 7th, 10th, and 12th frets. I believe it is the aluminum flange that surrounds the wooden rim that accounts for the banjo's loudness. It has little star cut-outs, which I think allow the sound to bounce off the resonator and shoot out at the audience. This banjo definitely cuts it whatever the reason. It is LOUD!
 

  Here is the back of the Banner Blue Tenor. It has what appears to be a decal of a branch with a bunch of flowers on it, with just one fully opened. Pretty funky eh? The tuners have plastic knobs. No ivory here...Looks like the neck may have been repainted black at some time. Not a collector's piece, but very playable just the same.

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