Orpheum banjos were made by Rettburg & Lange, who built instruments under Paramount, Buckbee, Orpheum and others in the years between 1897 and 1921, when Lange left the partnership and continued to craft Orpheum instruments on his own.
All Orpheum banjos used the tone ring patented by W.B. Farmer in 1903. This tone ring, was not only used my Orpheum brand instruments, but was also used by Paramount, A.A. Farland, and others. The tone ring is unique in that it consists of a round bell brass tube that sits upon brackets built into the wooden rim. The Orpheum version was renown among players for the sweetness of its tone.This fine sounding mandolin banjo is no exception. Pure sweet tone all up and down the neck with exceptional clarity as well.
This is a very fancy instrument. The peg head features elaborate pearl inlays of vines and a fleur-des-lis and the fretboard displays pearl inlays featuring a crown with ribbons as position markers. The neck is 3-piece maple with ebony streamers on either side of the thinner center strip. The bottom of the rim has a rope style inlay of alternating pieces of ebony and maple. This instrument is in excellent structural condition with slight fret-wear and pitting on the fret board itself. The sound is loud and clear. stk#VGM8007
$595.00 with original hard case included.