Remember Me? Eddie Sheehy - Jan, pm. Last Number YEAR No information available Year Where is the serial number found.
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Made with a Tubaphone tone ring, it has the punch, crack, snap, whatever you call it, that quick response and brilliant clarity that perfect tenor sound that is the heart of D I have been studying early Fairbanks banjos for quite a while, both my own and what pictures I have of others, and have come to the conclusion that our current numbering models start a year off. Here is why.
I own Fairbanks Electric 67, my buddy Harry Sparks owns 67 and I have photographs of 45, which sold on a year or so ago.
All of these banjos have the Electric patent stamp on the inside of the rim. The stamp contains the date Dec 30, This means that these three banjos could not have been produced before Dec 30,when the patent was granted.
Sep 22, Here is the ated dating chart for the Fairbank&Cole, A.C Fairbanks & Vega banjos. Much work has been done in the last year to clean up the timelines. Such as: Dec. Patent Columbian Fire Consalvi Departure to Italy & Return Consalvi's departure from company. Dec 22, If memory serves me correctly, Bill Camp in Minneapolis, now deceased, had a Vega stamp made and actually stamped a few dowel sticks for Bart Reiter. That might explain some of these odd Vega banjos. Several Vega banjos have passed through my hands over the years and I recorded info on 50+ of them. Founded in , Elderly Instruments started as a small store with a handful of instruments. Over 40 years later, we've grown into one of the world's most respected sellers .
I doubt seriously that they went out and had a stamp made on Dec 30, stamped these banjos and produced another banjos on New Years Eve. More likely, they probably began their new numbering scheme sometime inonce they had the patent stamp in hand.
It's possible that these banjos and the other 44 before them were produced in and sat around and waited for the patent stamp, but I doubt it. They still couldn't have been released before the end of Taking this a step farther, and expanding on what Dr.
It is possible that this is the point at which they stopped using the old numbering system and started the new one. There is no way to tell for sure.
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If anyone has an Electric banjo with a stamp before 45, it would be helpful to have that information. I have more to say on this subject, but I think this is enough for now. Agreed Harry is a bit of a mystery and your insights will factor into this period as we revise.
Please do share any other of your thoughts, they are very welcome. Another thing that I believe might help us narrow down the dates a little more is the Columbian Exposition. It was a landmark event that only lasted for 6 months, May 1, to October 30,although President Harrison proclaimed the anniversary of the discovery of America on Oct.
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I think it is reasonable to assume that the Fairbanks Columbian banjos were produced around this time to capitalize on the popularity of the fair, at least the earlier group. Here are the numbers for Columbian banjos that I have:. I would think that through would have been in the group produced in mid to late I would love to know of other Columbian serial numbers, particularly in this range.
I'm not sure what to think about the later Columbians. Maybe it was just a model that they kept in their catalog and produced on special order. Maybe they had a stamp and felt compelled to use it.
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So do we think that a 7 with a serial number of is unlikely to be Consalvi? I appears that Consalvi's work was there for that period until XX.
I have an S. Thompson branded fairbanks with the number on it, I have been told by various experts and can see from the construction that this is an a. Does anyone know if they would have used the same numbering system on the banjos they made for other brands?
If so is it safe to date this to ?