Retrofret Stock # 7229. Weymann Style A Orchestra Model Mandolin Banjo, c. 1928, made in Philadelphia, PA, faux rosewood and brown lacquer finish, cast metal rim, laminated birch resonator, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case. This Style A is one of the Weymann company's lower priced but still professional-grade banjo line in the late 1920's-a time when the banjo-mandolin was practically extinct. Weymann's original Megaphonic Orchestra model banjos of this period are some of the most beautiful and elegant tenor and plectrum banjos ever created; the company's challenge was how to keep the same qualities in a lower priced instrument. One solution used here was to use a cast metal rim with the heavy metal tone ring mounted on top of it, all set into a resonator which is laminated wood. Much of the hardware (including the hoop, hooks and flange pieces) is the same as higher-priced Weymann models -the overall appearance is similar but these instruments sold at considerably lower prices.Despite its budget constraints this is a well-made banjo, with Weymann's customary quality and attention to detail evident. The neck is one piece mahogany with an unbound rosewood fingerboard inlaid with pearl dots. The headstock rear carries a "Weymann" decal logo as the face is mostly taken up with the engraved inset mandolin tuner covers. The resonator is laminated wood with a faux rosewood pattern and a decal decoration on the center back. Overall this is a very classy banjo at a reasonable price, extremely loud but with a very well-rounded sound. The body-to-neck size ratio on this instrument almost comically large but the banjo is still a serious player!Overall length is 26 in. (66 cm.), 11 1/16 in. (28.1 cm.) diameter head, and 3 in. (7.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 14 in. (356 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.). Very nice original condition overall, some signs of use but no major wear or repair. All original except the slip-on tailpiece cover is missing, set up with a skin head-even the original carved bridge is still intact. A surprisingly good sounding instrument-the large head makes for a sweeter tone than many banjo-mandolins-or at least a less ear-piercing one! Excellent - Condition.
|1928||Excellent||faux rosewood and brown lacquer||Original Soft|
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