Here is a dandy 1896 Fairbanks Special #4, #15543. It is in extraordinary condition having been reconditioned all around with much of the work done at Smakula Fretted Instruments. Peg head and fretboard replaced with inlays in tact. Pot and hardware removed and cleaned up nicely. Neck refinished. Light as a feather. Is short, you would never believe this rascal is 122 years old. And best of all, it plays and sounds like a dream using steel or Nylgut. Here are some features .
11" pot, 25.5" scale length, 2 1/4" depth on rim, 1 1/8" at the nut, 5/8" maple/ebony bridge, weighs 4 pounds.
New hide head, Five Star Planetary tuners, Spunover rim with brass hoop inside top rim, hardshell case.
If you are looking for a banjo with history and panache, that has all of the contemporary features of today's builders, sounds clear and warm, will be good for another 122 years, at a reasonable price, you have found your banjo. Contact me if you need additional information. Thanks for your interest.