1920s Stromberg-Voisinet BanjoBob's grandfather, Walter Samora, had this banjo for as long as Bob can remember. The family lived in Yonkers, New York. Unfortunately Walter never played his instrument, so Bob just remembers the banjo being around the house. Bob is the musician in the family so it has come down to him.
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From Bill: "It's a Kay, made in Chicago, and presumably from the 1930s given the MOTS (Mother-of-Toilet Seat) fretboard. It's a lower-end, mass-produced instrument, but is likely to be playable after setup without extensive work. I'd take it in to the Music Emporium in Lexington; bit of a trip, but they know what they're doing. There may be someone closer that another BHO member will mention. Either way, it's about a $250-$300 banjo, so spend accordingly."
From BeeGee: "Its a Stromberg-Voisinet from the 20's-30's. Waverly tailpiece. Mother-of-toilet-seat (pearloid) fingerboard. These were quite popular inexpensive banjos. The S-V name was changed to Kay in 1931. They are not particularly valuable nor collectible. The value would be in the family history and the story behind Popeye."
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