In 1897 Rettberg & Lange bought the J. H. Buckbee banjo factory, the largest of the post-WWI banjo manufacturers. Patent records show that in 1903 a patent was issued for a tone ring which sits on brackets which are attached to the rim. This is the ring that was used on all Orpheum banjos, producing the Orpheum signature tone.
This highly decorated mandolin-banjo with its' top-of-the-line Orpheum Style 3 appointments, features intricate peg head and fretboard inlays of both abalone and snail shell. The neck is especially beautiful, featuring a carved heel and ivoroid binding with decorative strips of ebony and maple on both sides of the fretboard and around the peg head. The back of the peg head sports a glorious an engraved silver-plated tuning machine cover with a mother-of-pearl fleur de lis as well as an ebony design inset into the ivoroid heel cap with decorative pearl inlay. The rim has rope binding inlay as well with marquetry on the outside of the rim just below the tone ring skirt.
This rare instrument is in excellent condition and set up to play with a brand new calfskin head. stk#VGM8001
$999.00 with original hard case included.