Here is a vintage 1924 Bacon & Day Silver Bell No. 1 Irish (short-scale) tenor banjo. This particular example, serial number 13363, is in very excellent condition and includes the original hard shell case, an original Black Diamond string packet, and the original Roger’s head! Whether you are looking for a fantastic foundation for a fine 5-string conversion, or a beautiful all original intact example, this is about as nice as they come, so best of luck, and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to buy one of the best banjos ever made.
The 17-fret Silver Bell No 1 features: a seven lap maple rim with a spun metal chamber top flange, a maple neck with 3-ply veneers through the center, pearl inlaid peghead and position markers, patent pressure tailpiece, Bestone arm rest, Bacon Webfoot bridge, the original Roger’s head, and the original hard shell case.
Structurally, the banjo is in perfect condition with no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, and no modifications. There is some slight arm wear on the arm rest. The banjo exhibits minimal fret wear, with only very insignificant thumb wear where it would rest when playing in the open position.