Musima DDR Tenor Banjo

My Musima

east german 4 string banjo at Ukulele Corner
Side
with Resonator
open back tenor banjo resonator off
Back
no Resonator
musima 4 string 19 fret tenor banjo at Ukulele Corner
Side
no Resonator
musima resonator banjo four strings

Back
with Resonator

(Chicago) Tuned D~G~B~E with Clifford Essex steel strings on





Musima Tenor Banjo

This one comes from another auction day and whilst I didn't "win" that much I did have one success. It was a job lot of two banjo instruments listed as "an unbranded 4 string Banjo and a Windsor Banjo in various states of repair" Now I could see from the photo that the unbranded Banjo was an East German made Musima Tenor Banjo that looks to be in pretty good condition (though I have seen fancier ones) and I've been wanting a Tenor Banjo to come to Ukulele Corner for some time so it was worth a punt for that, but thrown in with it was a Windsor Pyxe bracketless Banjo.

Now it's here and I can look it over the Musima Tenor Banjo is in fine, if a little dusty condition, the metal work needs a good polish and it's missing one string, (but the others need replacing anyway) but apart from that it rocks with nice planetary tuners, a neck adjustment screw and a nicely flamed plain resonator back that doesn't show a lot of wear. I had a set of Clifford Essex Chicago tuning steel Tenor Guitar string spare and I can't see why they wouldn't be just as happy on a Tenor Banjo so I have, (along with a good clean), put them on. I did find that what I thought was the neck adjustment screw was actually just a fancy strap button so the action is a little higher than I would have liked but I can always take the bridge down a bit