Charles Stromberg Marimba model tenor banjo built around 1927. Features a Cupperphone tone ring in an archtop configuration. The Cupperphone ring consists of a series of tubes set on an upright shelf directly under the head. Excellent condition. Excellent player. Very loud. Three piece neck. Elaborate inlay. Half inch thick ebony board. Rhinestones on peghead do not appear to be part of the original design. Probably added later. This may have been a custom order banjo as the W.R. II does not appear to have been done on other Stromberg banjos. Likely the buyer's initials. Nickel plated. Tuners and buttons in excellent shape. With hardshell case that looks to be original. Four string expert Vinnie Mondello sent us this information on this banjo:
My Grandfather and Father were friends of the Strombergs and worked there helping out, its a neat window on my life and why I do 4 string banjos. Some info on that baby. You are right on the stones. When Stromberg does use stones, they are in little metal buckets and inset in the peg head. And i cannot say I have ever seen them on a Marimba, only the Deluxe's They are always the ones in the metal buckets tho. The wood is Maple neck, made by Wm Lange under contract. The rim, cut to Stromberg specs. made by Vega Chas and my Granpa worked at Vega as well, there was no competition between that small shop and Vega, all friendly. All of the early openback CHas.A. Stromberg and Son, were Vega wood, Waverly/Grover hardware, cast tailpiece that was "In shop_ fabricated Now by the time period of your Marimba , they went to a resonator with flange and that also was contracted by Wm Lange in NYC, and the back veneer is rosewood. That flange is a Lange variant, also sold to Slingerland with a little different cut out and one single piece, not 4. Armrest is by "King." The sidewall is maple, and that black striping is faux. Found that out the hard way many moons ago! LOL. Hope that all helps, good luck with it.'
Four string expert Vinnie Mondello set us this information.
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