For the tenor banjo player who loves B & D Silverbells this rare and early No. 4 has it all. Original Soft-Pedal knee-mute in good working order? Check. All original parts including Oettinger tailpiece and Planet pegs with mother-of-pearl buttons? Check. Straight neck? You bet.
This is a high-grade Silverbell that has seen a fair amount of use, and thankfully one that has not seen the usual over-glossy restoration. Depending on your taste, the gold plating on the resonator flange and other metal parts could use replating, so view photos 7, 8, and 10 which show the wear down to tarnished brass in several places such as the lower rim of the resonator flange. It would be nice if all the plating had survived as well as the metal parts inside the shell, but this is a banjo only 7 years shy of 100 years old. The finish has wear, but not through the original color and most of that wear is to the resonator back and not the neck. Hook and nut set all match and appear to be original. The one repair we can spot is that the resonator mounting nut closest to the neck heel (on the bass side) has been resoldered to the flange.
The original hardshell case has wear to the covering as shown, and has a nice replacement handle, but the case is in good working order.
stock no. 54560
|Model||Silver Bell Style No. 4 Tenor|
|Tone ring||Silverbell spun ring|