- Excellent Condition
- Year: 1927
- Includes Original Hard Shell Case
- Serial #: 23539
A clean and original Bacon and Day Silver Bell Number Four 19 fret tenor with its original purple-lined hard case is a beautiful thing. A fancy banjo, the rim features gold-plated and engraved tonering/tension-hoop/armrest (Bestone), & flange, the original gold-plated Oettinger tailpiece, and gold paint on the interior walls/dowel/reso-back; richly sunbursted quilted maple resonator back, with amber stained maple rim. The five-piece maple neck boasts a deeply carved heel, and is fully-bound with standard pearl inlay on the ebony board; frets appear original w/ only light pitting; beautiful pearl inlay on the peghead face onto pearwood peghead overlay; smoothly functioning original gold-plated pre-war Planetary tuners w/ large pearl buttons. This banjo plays fantastically with a nice straight neck and is amazingly loud and capable. Shows normal cosmetic wear such as finish checking on the neck, some dings on the resonator back, and light tarnish on the metal plating in isolated spots; one of the resonator screw "nubs" has become unattached from the flange, and one thumb screw is replaced.
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