1924 Bacon & Day Silver Bell 4-string, 17 fret Tenor Banjo
1924 Bacon & Day Silver Bell 4-string, 17 fret Tenor Banjo. There is no doubt that Fred Bacon and David Day’s Silver Bell series of banjos is one of the best tenor banjo designs in the world. Full tone, precise noting, and attractive to lboot! This 17-fret example has the B&D Silver Bell peghead inlay and modest mother of pearl decoration on the 22-1/8” scale ebony fretboard. The neck is birdseye maple with black-white-black laminations down the center, The 11” rim has the famed Silver Bell tonering sitting on a maple rim. The original Oettenger tailpiece has 4 replacement tensioning thumb screws and works great. The finish has wear, indicating that this banjo had a lot of fun back in the days of Calvin Coolidge’s presidency. Repairs and modifications that I see include; Remo frosted top plastic head, new frets (played enough to have a little wear), new fretboard binding, a set of ABM narrow shaft planet tuners (original grained ivoroid knobs installed). We have the banjo set up for traditional Irish playing with G D A E tuning. No problem to change to traditional Jazz tuning if so desired. Price is $1,350 and includes a worn, but serviceable hard case.