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For Sale or Trade: Leedy Solotone B Tenor Banjo







From the Retrofret description of this instrument: (I purchased it there in December 2019):

Leedy SoloTone B Model Tenor Banjo (1926), serial # 1209, natural lacquer finish, brass and walnut rim and flange; laminated walnut neck with ebony fingerboard, period black hard shell case.

This Leedy solo tone B is a very impressive-looking instrument, and also a beautifully designed piece. The headstock and fingerboard are ebony with delicate pearl inlay, with "Leedy" and "Solo Tone" engraving on the peghead banners. The brass hoop and rim are neatly engraved and the resonator back veneered in an unusually patterned greenish-brown celluloid with an engraved design in the center. The tuners are gold-plated Grover tabbed pegs with ivoroid buttons.

Leedy banjos are uniquely engineered and were quite advanced for their time. The rim is machined from solid brass with a convenient top-tension arrangement pre-dating Vega and Gibson's systems by several years. There is also a very effective action-setting feature built into the heel operated with a standard tension key. These designs were the work of an engineer named Cecil Strupe, who licensed ideas to both Leedy and Ludwig at the same time.

This is a good-playing and sounding tenor, and a classy-looking showpiece of Deco style.

Overall length is 34 1/4 in. (87 cm.), 11 in. (27.9 cm.) diameter head, and 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 23 in. (584 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/8 in. (29 mm.).

Overall this banjo is in excellent condition, with all the original hardware complete and intact. The neck finish shows an old clear overspray on the back while the face of the headstock has been polished out; the engraved pearl inlay remains crisp and clear. The rim and flange finish appear original; it looks more like polished and lacquered brass than gold, but the detail and crispness of the engraving preclude these parts having ever been replated.

The neck and frets are in good shape with only light wear and the banjo plays and sounds very well, with the crisp tone typical of these brass-rim instruments. It is set up with a plastic head and modern handmade bridge. Very nice, period hardshell case.

Interested in buying this banjo?
to arrange purchase

Price: $1,300.00 USD

Shipping: CONUS only, from MASSACHUSETTS. Buyer pays shipping

Posted By: mjbee

United States, Arlington, MA, 02476

Condition of Banjo:
Used - Excellent Condition

Type: 4-String

Brand: Leedy (OLD)

Ad Status: Active, #81224

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