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I received this email and photos from Eric Harding asking about his "Weaver Banjo".
It certainly is not like any Weaver I have seen! Any comments?
This appears to be a bunch of disparate parts. The perch pole may be from a Weaver banjo.
The peghead and heel shape do look weaver-ish though... but the fretboard seems to have been replaced entirely.
agree with Mike for the fretboard , & of course tailpiece non original ; but i think the pot is the good one , should be a 12 ' ; this banjo is not from the early Weaver series as say somebody on BHO , but almost from the 2nd series with a heavy big pot ;
Doesn't the neck wood and its finish look suspicious?
The neck looks ok, apart from new pegs/nut/fingerboard. The hoop/pot is a puzzle, as it looks original - oak lining, the later heavy nuts holding the brackets/shoes in place etc. but the engraving is not a normal Weaver characteristic, could it have been done later in its life? I wouldn't put goat skin on it but some people like them. A wooden tailpiece would be my choice, but I'm an old stick in the mud. As nobody seems to be making the original Weaver hooks and nuts yet, its a case of finding a matching set of old Weaver hooks and nuts, (I would say that this is impossible but you never know) or replacing the present set with new hooks and nuts. It looks to be a worthwhile project all round, let us see it when it's finished.
UPDATE ON THE WEAVER RESTORATION
I have received an email and some photographs from Eric of his restoration of his "Weaver" banjo.
I have posted his email so perhaps we can help him with suggestions on the pegs etc?
From Ian: I would like to add one comment Eric. You have tied the strings incorrectly onto that wooden tailpiece. It appears that you have just tied a knot and stuck the string through the hole. I would guess that this will cause the string to slowly slide through the hole causing the banjo to constantly go out of tune... until it finally slips through and takes your eye out on its way past you!
Here is a photo provided by our Weaver expert Richard. It is a bit blurry, but you can see that the string goes down the hole, back up to the front, wraps around itself a few times and then sticks under the string on top of the tailpiece:
Good luck. It is looking good.. now we need a tune out of it :-)