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Paramount Leader Tenor Banjo , c. 1927
Paramount Leader Model Tenor Banjo, c. 1927, made in New York City, natural varnish finish, Indian rosewood neck, rim and resonator, original black hard shell case.
A very nice example of the all-rosewood Leader, one of William Lange's classic 1920's Paramount models. While not as fancy as some of Paramount's other higher end models (altho fancy enough!) the Leader embodied Lange's theory that rosewood was the "finest material for tone" and sold originally for $200, quite a price in the 1920's. Very intricate engraved pearl headstock and fingerboard inlays and multiple contrasting wood bindings adorn the entire instrument. Equipped with Paramount's adjustable tension flip-up "patent pending" tailpiece and early flat style armrest. Paramount banjos were a favorite of professional Jazz musicians in the 1920's and are frequently seen in period photographs, especially of African-American Jazz Orchestras.
Overall length is 34 in. (86.4 cm.), 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm.) diameter head, and 3 in. (7.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 23 in. (584 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.). All original except Page tuners replaced with period early "Post" style geared Grovers; Some average playing wear especially to the resonator back. A good playing and sounding Paramount with the original zipper-lining HSC. Excellent Condition.
Item # 3584
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