A J.Viner banjo Circa 1900.
This banjo belonged to the customers grandfather and had been sitting at the bottom of a wardrobe for 50years.
John Terry, who performed with his brother Henry played this banjo on the paddle steamers that traveled between Woolwich and Southend in the early years of the 20thC.
A great example of a jobbing banjo that has been continually modified and repaired to suit the owners needs.
Originally a flush fretted 7 string, it had been converted to a 5 string and frets have been added over the flush frets, some of which had fallen out. The tension hoop had been replaced with something that was too small... this had been expanded, and subsequently snapped.
I re-fretted it, repaired the old modified tension hoop, fitted a new skin, replaced the cut down wood screw that was the 5th pip for bone. A good cleanup and its singing once again.