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Weymann Style 225 Banjo Ukulele (1925)
Weymann Style 225 Model Banjo Ukulele (1925), made in Philadelphia, serial # 38029, natural varnish finish, maple neck and rim, ebony fingerboard, black gig bag case.
The long-necked Weymann Style 225 is a wonderful, if rather unusual (and loud!) little instrument, a product of the mid-1920s mania for anything ukulele. Weymann in Philadelphia built both high-grade banjos and fine ukuleles, so mixing the two ought to have been easy for them. The resulting instrument, however, although marketed as a banjo uke is quite unlike any other from the period.
Weymann took a quick expedient route and the Style 225 is actually built from the same pattern as their earlier piccolo 5-string banjos, giving it an unusual layout for a ukulele-tuned instrument. The 15" scale is longer than average, mated to a small 7" rim. The whole instrument is beautifully made but built much heavier than technically required, with large full-line hardware including professional grade hooks and hoop and the company's patented neck adjusting brace. Some have described the result as a "Piccolo Plectrum" banjo, which is technically what it is. It was intended for gut strings, but would be an excellent choice for steel stringing, if desired. Certainly the sturdiest banjo-uke ever designed -- and one of the loudest!
Overall length is 23 3/4 in. (60.3 cm.), 7 in. (17.8 cm.) diameter head, and 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 15 in. (381 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.).
This is the nicest example of this lovely but almost comically overbuilt instrument we have had. It remains in superbly clean original condition, with no repairs or alterations. The plating on the hooks, nuts, and some other hardware is still shiny with only a few minor corrosion spots. There is only some very light wear to the finish on the wood, which still shines. The bridge is a very unusual piece; finely built, looking like a miniature sawhorse. This bridge appears period and works beautifully.
Overall this Style 225 is a superbly well-preserved example that plays and sounds fantastic; a delightful instrument to play and one that never fails to bring a smile when strummed. Excellent + Condition.
Item # 8736
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