Here’s a wonderful vintage instrument that’s as rare as bicuspids in the mouths of poultry, and as difficult to find as sewing devices in piles of horse’s breakfast. The Regina brand was one of several (including Majestic and S.S. Stewart Wondertone) created by Gaetano Francisco Puntolillo, an independent Italian banjo maker from New York.
This large octave mandolin built on a banjo frame has an 11 3/4” head and a 21” scale, producing buckets full of tone with plenty of projection. Exhibiting the excellence of craftsmanship that is the hallmark of the “golden age of instrument making”, the rim is crafted of 7/8” thick mahogany with a decorative 5/8” band of inlaid marquetry around the lower part. It is equipped with one of the largest metal tone rings we have ever encountered — a full 1 3/8” inches deep, with 23 holes. The neck is also an excellent example of early 20th century craftsmanship, made of hard rock maple with a streamer of alternating ebony and maple under the rosewood fingerboard, inlaid with delicate mother-of-pearl inlays often found on early Orpheum banjos. The peghead has the name Regina inlaid in pearl as well as delicate pearl grommets surrounding its eight tuning posts.
This unique instrument is in pristine condition other than a few handling marks on the back of the neck and some slight wear on the first three frets. Several manufacturers have lately produced similar instruments such as the “octo-banjo” and the “octo-manjo”. These creations pale in comparison to this vintage treasure. If you want the finest in craftsmanship, excellence in tone, and the escalating value of a vintage instrument, look no further.
$1,350.00 with chipboard case