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President Tenor Banjo

This was the first banjo that I ever owned. I brought this banjo to Maryland Banjo Academy last Spring to see if I could get it dated and some info on the manufacturer and it's worth. However, Jim Bollman, (Music Emporium) didn't really have too much information for me.If anyone else recognizes this banjo's manufacturer please leave me a message. This was really my Dad's banjo. He had bought it at a Flea Market in the late 60's. I think he picked it up for around $25. There was a bunch of his friends that played in a group called "The Entertainers." They consisted of a couple of tenor players, a guy on washtub bass, and a squeeze box and an ocarina player. He wanted to be a part of the band and liked the sound of the banjo, so he bought it. He never did become very good at it and so it sat in the closet until I rescued it in the early 90's.
    It has a MOTS, (Mother of Toilet Seat) fret board and peghead. On the peghead it says "President" and has a flowered design which looks like some type of enamel paint.(any help on this...?) It also has some of these designs on the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, and 15th frets. The rim is made of that cheap pot metal. It has Grover tuners made out of Ivoroid I believe. They certainly aren't plastic and I believe ivory would have little cracks in it, if I am not mistaken. It has a wooden bulls eye resonator which comes off by turning a couple of knobs. On the dowel stick it has the number 2302 embossed on it. There is no other identifying mark on the inside of the rim or the stick. I really like the looks and sound of this old timer, which Jim said was probably from the late 20's or early 30's. He said it was only worth a couple of hundred dollars, but it is priceless to me...

 



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