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    Default Help identify this

    Hi guys,
    Just wondering if anyone could help identify this? Also the year it was made.

    Thanks,
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    Default Re: Help identify this

    It is what is called a "zither" banjo. It has an unusually short scale for a 4 string banjo. A very rough guess is that it was made in the 1910's.
    I believe that many of these were of European origin.
    If you post it on Banjohangout, you will get some more educated opinions on the date and maker.

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    Default Re: Help identify this

    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    It is what is called a "zither" banjo. It has an unusually short scale for a 4 string banjo. A very rough guess is that it was made in the 1910's.
    I believe that many of these were of European origin.
    If you post it on Banjohangout, you will get some more educated opinions on the date and maker.
    ok great thanks for your help

    Cheers,

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    Default Re: Help identify this

    Cafe member NickR posted this interesting information regarding the history of the zither banjo a while back. Follow the links in the message.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Help identify this

    Almost all the English zither banjos I've seen have had slotted headstocks. Not saying this isn't one; the pot/resonator assembly surely looks like that of a zither banjo. The inlay pattern is totally unfamiliar to me, and the scale is definitely shorter than would be expected. Bit of an "odd duck..."
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    Here is the home page for that zither banjo site: http://zither-banjo.org.uk/pages/home.htm

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