Weymann Style 70 Plectrum Banjo , c. 1929
Weymann Style 70 Model Plectrum Banjo, c. 1929, made in Philadelphia, PA, shaded maple finish, maple neck and resonator, rosewood fingerboard. Item # 3330
This Weymann Style 70 is a rather obscure banjo, one of the "integral rim/resonator" models that made up the company's lower priced but still professional-grade line. Weymann's original Megaphonic Orchestra model banjos are some of the most beautiful and elegant tenor and plectrum instruments ever created; the company's challenge was how to keep some of the same qualities in a lower priced instrument.
Their solution was to use a molded rim-made of compressed wood fibers-mounted directly to the resonator which is laminated wood. Much of the hardware is the same as on the higher-priced Weymann models, and the overall appearance is similar, but these instruments were sold at considerably lower prices. The Style 70, introduced in 1928, was originally priced at $70.00, exactly half the price of a Megaphonic Style A (the lowest grade in the Orchestra line) and between the simpler Style 50 and very similar Style 85, which had several fancier features but was essentially the same design.
This is a very well-made banjo, with Weymann's customary quality and attention to detail evident. The neck is one-piece maple shaded dark with a single-bound rosewood fingerboard inlaid with angled pearl diamonds. The headstock overlay carries a "Weymann" logo of individually inlaid celluloid letters. The resonator is nicely figured maple with binding on the back edge. There is a particularly attractive rosewood armrest mounted to the hoop, a unique Weymann feature. Overall this is a very classy plectrum banjo at a reasonable price, in 1929 or today!
Overall length is 38 3/8 in. (97.5 cm.), 11 in. (27.9 cm.) diameter head, and 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 27 in. (686 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/16 in. (30 mm.).
Very clean overall; average light playwear. Replaced tuners (more recent geared units) and tailpiece (a 5-string Elite). Excellent Condition.
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