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March 15, 2018
I had a long talk with the man who made the conversion and updated the description to fill in the details for some of the questions people have asked. These pictures were taken on a grey winter day and don't show it off. This banjo is a gem and you really have to get it in your lap to appreciate it.
This beautiful instrument was given as a surprise birthday gift in the early 1990's from my mother to my father Dr. David Buring, Obstetric Surgeon.
The neck was created by Mr. Jim Yarboro of Gun Barrel City, Texas and was made with a very low profile neck out of a piece of mahogany taken from a 100 year old piano. The inlay is a mother of pearl copy of the original celluloid tenor neck pattern. Mr. Yarboro says that this banjo is unique because he does not know of another with the TB-2 pattern done in pearl.
For the conversion to 5 string, Mr. Yarboro used a tone ring turned by Mr. Steve Ryan, 20 holes and cast of Navy G bell brass. Jim says the hardware is all original except for the 5th string tuner which is by Kroll made in Japan and the presto tailpiece and he will vouch for the authenticity.
Mr. Yarboro has offered to help answer any questions a potential buyer might have and he said he would do a set up to make sure it plays and sounds its best.
Thanks for reading. I hate to see this go, but such a fine banjo needs to be in the hands of a real picker. I hope you come to Denton and play this for yourself.