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This "Dexter" banjo popped up on Banjo Hangout. While the price is a bit high, it would make a nice player for someone.
It is not mine but I thought I'd pass the listing along.
I can't tell but the neck might be shimmed for the taller bridge.
With its11.5 inch pot this lovely looking banjo is likely to sound great. I had a Barnes & Mullins like that and it was a great banjo. Now a student of mine has it. I think the price is not high. If I was still in a life phase of banjo accumulation I would buy this rare and potentially excellent banjo.
I'd like that price better if it came with a good, clean, hard case.
Does anyone happen to know if that the original tailpiece?
And, anyone have any clue on what it might cost to ship a banjo like that from the UK to the US?
I have a “Dexter” made fretless a while back. It has a great sound. Here it is in action - one from Converse and two from Briggs, stroke style. https://youtu.be/JJJiEAdx0Go
And here is my Dexter finger style. https://youtu.be/Q0rWd-zGGso
Definitely sounds good to me!
'Berrie and Bertolle' were a music hall banjo duet, they also made a few records and, I think, were in the famous 100 strong banjo band at the London Palladium c1912. I had one of these 'Dexter' banjos at one time, a very good instrument, which had a lot n common with the 'ordinary' banjos sold by Cammeyer.
Nothing in the banjo world surprises me any more but this latest discovery about Bertolle is certainly food for thought.
Milwaukee Matzen said:
Yah, who in their right mind would depict cats as servants? Those Victorians were mad!
Hmmm. Too bad none were made left-handed. I would certainly buy a "Sinister" banjo...even if I couldn't play it.