I say that because keeping a true surface is super critical and the job was done totally by hand. He is credited with being one of the first banjo-builders to install side brackets with hooks to adjust the tension of the head. This little girl was restored by Matty Bryant 5 years ago. You will probably do more harm than good. Ron and await his comments and appraisal.
Aside a changed bridge it remained un-modified and rarely played until about two years ago, as by the time I had bought it, I more and more began concentrating on the guitar. At this point I start replacing the old skin head with a new one. Thanks again for your query. It has to be removed first to get the wheel off. Eddie- Thanks for your query and kind comments about the website.
I think it is a Pro-5. For this job I'll use purple heart wood for it's beauty and strength. One is left un-used and the fifth string is attached to another. Martin initiated its own serial number system in early 1972 which ran sequentially from 2 through 1945. I just didn't want to be the guy that totally devalued and destroyed an ultra-rare vintage instrument. Some one had thought it was a good idea to paint the fret board. The Folk Wonder featured a maple neck, white bound ebony fingerboard, pearl dots, a 10 ply maple rim with top metal tone ring, a shaded mahogany finish, and nickel-plated metal parts.
This is a stock neck off a Martin-made tenor from that era…the fingerboard block inlay is what would be found on only the Vox I or Pro. The problem is that the serial number labels at this time had printing errors, where the first numeric digit was omitted. The brackets are a great match for a restoration project I am working on. A Then there is a number: No. The two legendary musicians in the camp photo are banjo godfather Tony Trischka and Grammy award winner Eric Weissberg click to enlarge.
This provides very little in the way of abrasion, yet cleans years of oxide and age from the surface in minutes. This email will be copied to my Vega Vox scholar Dr. Photos would be necessary to give an accurate price range, as design styles were still changing in the post war period and overall condition all original parts would bring a higher price. After a loooong wait I finally got it in 1971. Barry Rowdy says: Rowdy- Thanks for your kind words about the website.
I doubt it matches the rim, unless they changed from a plectrum to tenor at last minute. It has only a tape serial number inside the pot of 1124. Quantity can be selected after buy now button. All the tuners are here one has been removed and all appear to be in proper working order. The plectrum banjo has the same number of frets 22 and the same scale length as a five-string. The build quality is quite immaculate, both wood and hardware.
The 24 on the tone ring is probably an assembly feature to separate the V-41 parts from its upscale gold-plated cousin the V-45 top of the line banjo. Don't try to change the neck angle by altering the shape of the heel. The parts fit tightly and the operation needs to be done correctly but not too slowly as the head may start to dry out if you move too slowly. Now the challenge is getting the rest of the banjo apart and figuring out how to change this banjo head. Your Wonder-5 string banjo Martin 130097 was made in Boston in early 1971 after C. I once got a Fairbanks Regent from not much later than your lovely Tu-ba-phone, and the metal shined with just a wipe off! I'm using them in the restoration of a 17 fret big pot tubaphone M tenor.
Neck and rim look a lot like made by Martin craftsmen, and it arrived set up perfectly. Unless refinished, the decal on the back also makes it post-1972. What a nice original resonator. My first question is whether Vega made tenor banjos at that time? Since this purchase it has been attached to a Wyatt Fawley 5-string neck and presently a Vega melody banjo neck click on photo. Is 887 also a Pro5? These were followed by banjos 9-14 which were Vega Vox-4-P plectrums per Shop Order 2088.
It has none of the grip left. Maybe, another observant reader will offer a discerning observation for us sometime. So there isn't any peg on the side of the neck like on an American style banjo. But heres a picture of what i got to work with and this maybe a dumb question but does the horn cap or button just pop out? Could you please let me know its age and any other information you could offer? I have done several but only fixing cracks and a few replacement pieces around the spokes. No modifications, no damage of any kind. There were several old tenor and plectrum Martin neck blanks for sale a few years ago, but it looks to be factory made condition and doubt that would be likely a source.