, sort of. The other night I watchlisted a 19-fret tenor banjo on ebay. The seller gave me a pretty good (relative to their asking price) offer, and I somewhat impulsively came back at them with a bordering-on-insulting counteroffer that I immediately regretted because I HAVE TOO MANY INSTRUMENTS.

But they accepted my offer and the thing shipped quite quickly.

Unfortunately whoever packed it did a rubbish job and it arrived with the neck badly split.

I asked for a not-quite-complete refund because I didn't want to deal with shipping it back, and the seller was cool about that, so I'm now the proud owner of a busted frankenbanjo; I got the aftermarket plastic/bakelite resonator off to find the dowel stick creatively married to the pot.

Whoever cobbled it together seems mostly to have known what they were doing, and the tuners and tailpiece alone are probably worth more than I wound up paying after the refund.

The tone ring is a hollow tube with holes drilled into it, not quite a tubaphone but it should add something to the tone.

Somebody put a zero fret on the thing at some point instead of replacing the nut, which was creative. The bridge that had been on it was impossibly low, seems like someone was trying to achieve electric guitar action on the thing, or maybe it had something to do with the zero fret.

Anyway, the neck just needs gluing as far as I can tell; as people on lutherie forums always love to say "It'll be stronger than it was before!" and it's about time I actually replaced a nut... so, it should be a fun thing to tinker with.


Bonus: the beat-up old wood resonator I've had kicking around for more years than I care to think about is a perfect fit and (if I care to actually refinish it) much nicer than the plastic thing it came with

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