In the past thirteen years I have disassembled and reunited banjos of all sorts. My favorites are the beauties made about 100 years ago. Simple, stout and sure. Until recently, I’d never seen one with a feature like this old Bacon Tenor. The pot has an unusual sound well integrated into the rim. A hollow channel encompasses the back perimeter of the pot, and is capped with a solid, 1/4″ thick holly wood back sporting two petite f-holes.
This one has cracked over the years, and been subject to some unsightly repairs. I was hired to resurface, redye the wood black, and put on a new finish.
Here is the piece leveled and sanded to 320 and a soaking coat of black dye painted on.