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posted 9 Apr 2017, 17:02 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 11 Apr 2017, 04:00 ]
(NJ) Oscar Schmidt Stella Banjolele
Exactly what I have invited - It's an original Oscar Schmidt Stella Banjolele that was made in New Jersey in the 1930's, (or maybe even the 1920's?) And...

It's Here

before I can even write the anticipation paragraph!
It is very nice and very light for a Banjolele. It's largely original though it does have some interesting new amber tuners on, (but a good job has been done of fitting them and the look very nice). It doesn't say Oscar Schmidt on the pole but there is no doubt in my mind. its clearly vintage and definitely not a Harmony from when they brought the Stella brand name. It's quite small as well as light, with a 336mm, (13¼ in), scale. It has a couple of metal bands around the drum to strengthen it which is how the drum wood is so thin and the Banjolele weighs so little. The one problem, and its not really a problem, is the previous custodian was left handed so I'm going to have to re string it the right (handed) way round before I can play it