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My dad was the eldest and it was passed onto him at some point, and then I think my father thought that I might be musically inclined, as a child, and that’s how I came into possession of it. And unfortunately, I’ve never learned to play it. I played on it when I was about five, but never knew how to play it.
The Bacon Banjo Co. applied the name “Ne Plus Ultra” to their upper tier banjos. Most number 6’s were produced as seen in the B&D catalogs of the day, but many others were custom made, to the owners Bacon & Day Banjo Dating.
Frederick J. Bacon was a late 19th to mid 20th century performer and recording artist on the five string banjo. He was also an inventor and entrepreneur, educator,  composer,  and designer and manufacturer of banjos. Along with Fred Van Eps and Vess Ossman he was part of a group of banjoists labeled “virtuoso” in the newspapers.
J Bacon Co. Co in from Forestdale and incorporated Bacon Mfg. Inc in with E. O Winship and wives. In his company gained business experience in David L. Day, formerly of Vega. Together they produced Bacon and Day banjos B.
All original and comes complete with the shown cool Original Soft Shell Case. Hard to find a fancier Banjo than this one. We don’t show many banjos, but when we do, they have to be cool like this one We got this from a closed Music Shop from here in Iowa.
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: – Roles Represented in DAHR: banjo 3/22/, The enchantress, F. J. Bacon, Banjo solo, unaccompanied.
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Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all work through the details of the new normal. More info below. Photos Vega by Deering Senator. More details below; Photos Nechville Classic Dlx. Nearly new condition. More details below. Photos Sullivan Festival Hole Flathead bluegrass banjo.
Bacon & Day Silver Bell No. 1 Vintage Banjo
Michael Shames’ Banjos Bacon Symphonie. The Bacon Banjo Co. This was the Symphonie. It was somewhat different from all the earlier Silver Bells. The flange holes were changed to a clover leaf style instead of the familiar F holes. In addition, David L.
Vega Banjo Serial Number Dating Vega continued to mark their banjos “A.C. Fairbanks” until the middle teens. The years matched to the serial numbers are an.
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MARK A. This invention relates to banjos and other plectrum musical instruments of the banjo type, the term banjo as hereinafter used being intended to include and typify instruments of this character. A further object is to provide an improved construction of arm rest adapted to be detachably engaged with thehead’ of the instrument, such arm rest serving also as a cover and protectorfor the tailpiece and the ad justing elements mounted thereon, as well as for the clothing of the player, and serving 25 still further as a resonator increasing the volume of sound.
The wood is beautiful. When I do play it (rarely) I love the tone and sound of this banjo. There are scratches on the back of the resonator. The gold has worn off.
Date: 25 Oct Stewart Banjeaurine, patents and Philadelphia to tension bar, serial number , 70cm long. Three five string Banjos, one a Windsor Popular no. The largest measures cm long. Three Minstrel fretless banjos, two with maquetry inlaid walnut fingerboards, the third with painted drum skin signed W. Geuth, the largest measures 87cm long. Four banjos, one by L. Gatcomb Boston, another by T. Bostock, another with John Weerd retailer plate to heel, the forth unmarked.
The largest measures 85cm. Farland five string banjo, with inlaid pearl and abalone headstock and fingerboard, leaf scroll carved neck, bird’s eye maple pot, maker label to inside, with hard case, 96cm long. George Mathews five string fret less banjo, serial number and maker name to underside of tension bar, also an un-named zither banjo and five string banjo, the largest item measures 92cm.
Newells Star five string fretless banjo, with engraved pearl inlaid fingerboard, together with hard case, name stamped tension bar, 84cm long. Five sting fret less banjo, with pewter inlaid fingerboard, with tooled leather case stamped P.
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Fred J. Bacon started the company in Two years later, David L. Nominate Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review.
This digital catalog shows and describes all the Bacon Banjos available from the This ORIGINAL 4-panel brochure is not dated showing and describing the.
Save Password. Please note this is an archived topic , so it is locked and unable to be replied to. The immediate post-war models had followed Bacon Banjo Co. Thereafter the serial numbers appear to be sequential. Note: I had very few models from the immediate post-war period to the early ‘s to work with. For Serenader and Symphonie if banjo is flathead then pre If archtop then et al. If Senorita pre will have traditional Bacon Banjo Co.
This is a problem for numbered banjos before the “USA” stamp in Many are Five-Digits so no issue. The newer the banjo the more poorly will be the quality. Posted to encourage comments and discussion. Great ideas and work!
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Order by:. Available to:. Beautiful vintage music store advertising banner. From the ‘s, 60’s, or 70’s? Very old, NOT a repro! Great graphics of a cool old tenor banjo!
From , and love hearing their guitars, five-, original. Zapis eeg, original or soprano banjo serial number is fairbanks-branded, and value today?
I uploaded three little videos on You Tube What A Wonderful World Back Home Again In Indiana Hope that helps to understand the banjo for sale. While I think the Buy-It-Now price is fair … I am interested in selling a few instruments … if there is a price you would buy this instrument at, please message me thru eBay and I will consider it …. Serial Number , neck serial number matches the rim serial number … with the Original Knee Mute. If you have any questions, or want additional pictures, please eMail me thru the eBay eMail system.
The handle on the case is not original, and was changed out by me years ago. When I do play it rarely I love the tone and sound of this banjo. There are scratches on the back of the resonator. The gold has worn off the knee mute, and the arm rest has significant wear on it as you cannot see the initial letters on the armrest from where my arm rested on it as I used it over the years.
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However, there was some overlap during this period, as might be expected in a factory with stock parts sitting around. Late also marked the year that David L. As I recall this is the time when only the Vega name was used as a trade-mark, e. The dates and styles follow below. Vega Tubaphone tenor banjos likely first came about at the end of World War I.
Given that the end of World War I was the date of this catalogue might be later than or a catalogue supplement or earlier catalogue documented Vega tenors.
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June 14, Update: I’ve been researching a little and apparently this banjo may have been made at the time when Bacon was having their banjos built by Lange in New York. That would explain why this looks and feels an awful lot like an Orpheum, Paramount, or Langstile banjo and also doesn’t share the s inlay style as seen in the Bacon ad in the next picture below.
Bacon serial numbers seem to be a bit hazy on the history front. I can easily buy that, having worked on a few Paramounts and Orpheums for customers with very similar features. I bought this banjo from an acquaintance of mine yesterday and managed to get it fixed up and ready to go for today. I also replaced a missing neck brace and replaced the original bridge stowed in the case with a slightly taller modern one.
I must say, though, I’m quite blown away with the excellent tone and playability of this instrument. I very rarely have older Bacons through the shop and they always please me when I do. This one is nice and fancy as well as having it where it counts!
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This item has been sold. This lovely banjo one of the earliest Bacon-branded instruments ever made, dating to the first year or so of Fred Bacon’s company’s beginnings. Bacon banjos from this era are relatively rare, as they were essentially a private brand and Bacon had just begun his instrument marketing efforts. Although marked “Hartford CT” and stamped with serial this instrument was built for Bacon by Vega in Boston in ; there was no Bacon factory in this period. This is not a fancy style, with a plain maple rim and mahogany neck with only small shaped pearl inlay in the bound fingerboard and a pearl star in the headstock but like all Bacon and Vega banjos is built to the highest quality standards.
Plainly ornamented but very finely made, this is also just a very good sounding 5-string with the unique Bacon internal resonator system. Overall length is 36 in. Scale length is 26 in. This banjo has a decent amount of wear overall but remains a very good player. There is a lot of wear to the back of the neck-it looks like some some of capo was used that left small round indents up to around the 8th fret region, along with some general finish wear and scrapes to the wood.