This is a customer's tenor banjo. I didn't check the serial number for the date but it's a fantastic instrument, probably dating from around c.1925-27 or so. It's very fancy, features the Lange-style archtop tonering design (set on posts), has more volume than you'd ever need, and all the tone quality you could ask for.
I did a quick cleaning and a fret dress + setup last evening and snapped these shots just before he picked it up as I figured tenor players out there might enjoy it. This instrument appears to have been refinished at some point.
Excellent engraved pearl is found throughout. Just pretty, pretty stuff.
Looks like a replacement bone nut as well as replacement frets. These were pretty divot-ed before the dressing. Good ebony board.
Can't get enough of the engraved pearl.
Two bands of herringbone, multi-ply binding, and red striping. Nice! Not to mention all of the quality Lange hardware with patent numbers stamped all over them.
Replacement Grover 2-foot bridge.
Nice little cover also works as a down-tension adjusters. A very elegant design.
I love the "side dots" as well s the rope/red marquetry. This appears to be "bound" in ebony as well.
Note the pickholder and the "made by his wifey" arm-rest cover.
Super birdseye maple on the neck.
Old geared pegs work great.
...and there's an old pickup hanging about inside as well.