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Something puzzles me. If Joe Morley was happy with his new Weaver banjo why did he immediately order another? Why does a player need or want 2 pretty much identical banjos? A backup in case one banjo is broken or stolen? The need for symmetry? (one on either side of the room or one in each hand when walking) ?
All those reasons. The question is : "Why does he only want two"? I have three... just in case.
The advert came from a Keynotes Magazine of 1913
I'll echo Ian. Why would he stop at two?
There is also the option of cash flow. Morley could sell "his" banjo to fans at shows for a premium. A common method of adding income for pros.
Er.... only three? I have four of different shapes and sizes! And I still deny that I am a collector of banjos - I just like the feel of them. (No person of taste and discernment can have too many Weaver banjos.) It's also useful to play them all in rotation from time to time as each one has its unique selling (playing) point.
It's interesting that Weaver used 'Refuse Imitations' in his ad. I have a feeling he may have been parroting another manufacturer who had 'Refuse All Imitations' in his ad, but I can't remember who that was. Can anyone else remember?
Interesting, Thanks for posting!
The small 10.5" 22 fret banjo is the "Special Thoroughbred" size, basically the Farland model put out by Stewart, pitched to D.
I like that he calls it a fad novelty.
A Weaver zither banjo? I would sure like to try one of those. Can't remember ever seeing one, but then on the other hand, that doesn't mean much.
I like the reference to not seeing expensive violins with any sort of decoration. I guess he never saw some of the more ornate Stradivarius violins... Ornamentation has been "normal" on violins, etc., since the very beginning.
I prefer a plain banjo to a fancy one, I think they look better.
I don't own a Weaver, but in my regular rotation is a CE Metal Hoop Special that could pass for a Weaver (except that it is better finished, with better metal). Clearly one of the imitations he was warning people against.
I am particularly fond of the aesthetics of Weavers and the various knockoffs.