Concertone C-831 5 String Banjo, most likely made by Slingerland , c. 1925

Concertone C-831 5 String Banjo, most likely made by Slingerland ,  c. 1925

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Concertone C-831 Model 5 String Banjo, most likely made by Slingerland, c. 1925, made in Chicago, natural finish, maple rim and neck, ebonized maple fingerbord, brown chipboard case.
 
Overall length is 36 in. (91.4 cm.), 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm.) diameter head, and 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 26 1/4 in. (667 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/8 in. (29 mm.). A bit worn overall but fully functional, this is a decent pre-war budget 5-string banjo in good playing condition. This is a very simple instrument with no frills, all period hardware except the tuners, which appear to be from the 1960's or '70's. Set up with an old skin head and steel strings, as it would have been in the 1920's and sounds exactly as it should. Not fancy but a solidly authentic old-time banjo (this model sold in the Montgomery Ward's Catalog for $9.95) of the type actually obtainable and affordable by folks who lived in rural America before WWII. Very Good + Condition.