This is a Beautiful Hand-Made 5-String Banjo
made in 1974/'77 in Stuttgart, Germany.
A GREAT COLLECTOR'S ITEM!! A TRUE WORK OF ART!!
(You may actually play it if you wanted to)
I was friends with the builder and even borrowed it from him to make some Band publicity photos in 1976. I haven't seen it since then. Cabble, the builder started work on it in 1974 and finished it in late 1976.
My old Bass Player bought it from the original builder/owner in 1978 and moved from Stuttgart to Palm Springs Calif in 1980. We have been in contact all these years and he just recently offered to let me have it. He had some other investments he wanted to get into, so I bought it from him. It has never been played out in public. Juergen, my friend in Calif, did make a recording with it in the middle 90's, but it has almost no playing time on it at all.
I can't play a Banjo, but I will try to answer any questions you may have.
I took lots of Photos, so check them out.
Note: If I could play a Banjo, I would probably never get rid of this one!!
I only bought it for nostalgia purposes and it won't get any use by me. It is so well built and beautiful that it really should be played and admired instead of just sitting in my closet! This is the only Banjo I have ever even picked up and it seems quite heavy. (Maybe they all are)?
I don't know what else I can add, so if you would like to check it out, just let me know.