This Challenger tenor banjo was made in William Lange’s workshop, the company that also made Orpheum and Paramount banjos. Although it is cosmetically plainer than those two brands, structurally it is equally well made. This particular banjo has a unique rotating resonator that can open or close the sound ports on the edge of the resonator. In theory, it allows the player to switch from a resonator banjo timbre to more of an open back sound. (In practice the difference in tone is very subtle.) This banjo is in good structural and cosmetic condition. The frets look to be original and don’t show much wear. It has its original Page geared tuners with ivoroid buttons, which work well. The neck is straight, the neck joint is tight and the action is low. The period hard shell case is in fine condition, as well. It is set up with a skin head, which gives the banjo a mellower sound than one with a plastic head. This Challenger has a throaty, round tone that would work well for Celtic music or a similar style.

stock no. 58299

ModelChallenger Tenor
Nut width1 1/8"
Scale length22 3/4"
Fretboard MaterialRosewood
Neck materialRosewood
Total frets19
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No563
Diameter11 1/8"