The quest for volume began long before amplification, and this rare Favilla Bros. Cello Banjo is an example of approaches in the early 1920s. Built to a design by Lawrence Yosco in the late 1910's, the Favilla Bros produced these double-wall tone ring Cello Banjos between 1921 and 1924 at their shop in New York City.

This special instrument features a 13 8/8 inch head, and the tone pot is veneered inside and out with Brazilian Rosewood. The original friction tuning pegs have been replaced with period-correct Grover pancake geared heads, and the tailpiece is a reproduction Waverly unit. MRG was the original owner's initials.

An overall restoration was done by Renee Karnes, it is set up and plays very nicely. It's quite loud and full sounding, and is the instrument if you need to be heard in an ensemble.

A newer padded hardshell case is included.

This is a consignment piece. Prices shown here are in US dollars and are based on a recent exchange rate. For Canadian dollar pricing, please follow the More Details link here to our website posting at . Prices do not include shipping, taxes, or any import duties.

Year Condition Color Case
1922 Very Good Natural rosewood Hard


The Twelfth Fret
The Twelfth Fret
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