Paramount (used, 1928) Aristocrat Tenor Banjo

Tag No 58-9355 Used

#6454, in very good condition with original (worn) hard shell case.

 The prestigious and gold-plated Aristocrat Model Paramount sports three headstock banners – one reads “Paramount,” one reads “Wm. L. Lange” who was the owner and one reads “Aristocrat Model.”   As it turns out, two of these banners have lifted up just slightly out of the headplate at their top edge.  While they have no doubt been reglued and are not in any way a disciplinary problem, this is not something we can correct and it is not our intention to do so.  It affects playability and sound not a whit.  This is not often encountered, and it is quite possible that this occurred due to its having been exposed to dry conditions over a long period of time.

 The banjo shows normal signs of use and wear, the back is scratched; there are a couple of extremely tiny pieces of purfling missing from the concentric circles on back and side of resonator; the original Page tuners are gone, replaced by more modern geared tuners with ivoroid buttons, leaving 8 small holes on the back of the headstock.  In addition the new grommets around the headstock shafts slightly cover the “A” and the “t” in “Aristocrat,” but only a little.   The back of the neck has a green-crème-green backstripe, and there is a volute (hand stop) on back of neck behind the nut.  The neck is multi-laminated in the same green-crème-green motif under the headplate and under the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard on each side.   

 The gold-plated metal parts show a degree of wear/oxidation/discoloration.   There are string-changing marks on the headplate; the 7 individual design fingerboard pearl inlays (starting from fret 3) retain some of their original etching and jeweler’s black.    This is a 24 bracket banjo that displays “Patented 1555826” at the 3 o’clock position and 7 o’clock on its flat flange. The gold-plated tailpiece is the flip-open “Paramount Pat. Pend.” type with filigree engraving. There is a flat armrest that has lost much of its plating.  The rim retains a modern Mylar frosted head; it has a modern bridge with an ebony and pearl saddle.  There are, overall, dings, scrapes, scuffs, scratches, and what appears to be a small (perhaps a child’s) bite mark at the 16th and 17th fret position on the bass side of the neck.  “Mmmmm-mmm good.”  

 Our workshop has cleaned up this banjo in a manner that befits its aristocratic mien, and performed a set-up and a restring.  It is a worn but still very nice prewar Paramount and it produces the excellent sound and room-filling presence that one expects from one of the “Big Five” makers of the Roaring ‘20s and “Make it Go Away” ‘30s.  While it shows some cosmetic abnormalities, it remains steadfast and sturdy, suitable for performance on radio, stage and screen.    

 

Our Discount Price is $1,954.00 and Our Cash Discount Price is $1,895.00.

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