This was another eBay acquisition and was bought from the person who had acquired (rescued) it from its previous owner and had then done the repair and restoration work to make it playable and usable as a musical instrument.
The various components, as restored, are in pretty good shape and have some unusual characteristics (like the 32 head hooks). Though unlabelled, the manufacturer is easiloy identified by the headstock design, which is stated as being a classical example of Lange's work. This model has a double spunover pot which increases the volume while maintaining the "integral tonering" sound - sweet but with good volume and sustain. The tuners are newer Grover tuners, probably updated many years ago and still do a fine job. The fretboard appears to be dyed pearwood and the neck looks like it may be cherry - both woods and applications were common during that period.
The tone and playability of this instrument make it perfect for "old-time", claw-hammer style banjo music .
And now for the pictures (click to enlarge):
So concludes the presentation of my 1920s Lange-built 5-string banjo. Feel free to contact me with any questions and/or comments.
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