One of the cutest and coolest short-scale tenor banjos we've had in a long while, and it's highly playable with a nice straight neck and low string action. Made under the New York City Wm. L. Lang, Paramount, Orpheum group of brands, but all were made in the same building by the same crew of experienced banjo makers. Note the easily removable resonator, the cool fire-hose nozzle nuts and the high-tech, for its day, "tone tubes" tone ring. Best of all, the short 21 inch scale makes this tenor banjo easy for mandolin players to adopt. Weighs barely 7 pounds and comes in a nice vintage case (but oversized so probably not the original).

stock no. GI8876610001

ModelBR-40
TopSolid Sitka spruce
Back and sidesMahogany
Frets to body14
Nut width1 11/16"
Scale length25.6"
Bridge materialRosewood
Fretboard MaterialRosewood
Neck materialMahogany
Serial No18040523
RosetteTraditional Multi-Ply ABS
BracingHandcarved, pre-war, forward X
InlayMother of pearl fretboard dots
Total frets20
Tuners14:1 ratio
FinishGloss
CaseOrig. Hard
BindingBlack