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For Sale: Unique DALE SMALL Tenor Banjo-"The Chief"- Reduced Price

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Here is a banjo that is both a work of art and a fabulous instrument. Dale Small was a famous builder of ornate banjos of startling beauty. He created them in concert with artist/carver Ron Raymer. Some of them are on display at The American Banjo Museum as well as The Smithsonian. Most represent a specific subject, like Abe Lincoln or Robert E. Lee. You can find images of some of them (like "The Carousel" & "The Captain") at bing & google. He made several Native American themed banjos (like "Braves Hunting Buffalo") that have the same bead-style decoration around the resonator as "The Chief." All metal parts are gold plated and beautifully engraved. The peghead is intricately carved front and back, and so is the heel...striking! Fretboard has wonderful themed inlays, each one an artwork in itself. The Chief image on the resonator is carved in relief and painted, and the interior has a lovely Raymer-signed painting of teepees against a dramatic cloud formation. It shows up well through the clear head. The armrest bears a carved Thunderbird emblem. 20-hole Mastertone style flathead tone ring. Oettinger type adjustable tailpiece. Like all Dale's banjos, this one sounds sweet and plays like a dream. Condition is MINT-. It fits well in its (non-original) plectrum/5-string size hardshell case. $3,995 or best offer. Shipping $60-$80 via FedEx Ground. Questions are welcome.




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Price: $3,995.00 USD

Shipping: $60-$80. (Buyer will pay exact FedEx Ground rate to their address-NO handling fee)

Posted By: jlmyers

United States, NASHVILLE, TN, 37204

Condition of Banjo:
Used - Mint Condition

Type: 4-String

Brand: Dale Small

Ad Status: Active, #86842

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