vintage thompson & Odell Artist 5 string banjo late 1800s

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This is a wonderful banjo that was already antique when the classic string band recordings of the 30s were made.
The date is an educated guess based on some internet research. I could not find a serial number lookup but the company went out of business in 1905.
It appears to be in all original condition except for the bridge and (I think) the 5th string tuner.
Neck is straight, although I would prefer it to have more of an angle from the head.  A taller bridge would help. I do have a couple of paper shims to improve the neck angle and make it playable.
The pot is clad in what i think is nickel and is very thin and light but has stayed round.  There is a bit of a patina on the medal pieces that one could polish up. Or you could leave it like is, seeing how it took 120 years for it to look this good!
The sound is crisp and responsive with a large dynamic range. I have never played a nylon string banjo that even came close to having this sort of projection.
Neck is mahogany dowel-style with an ebony fretboard and hand-carved mother-of-pearl inlays. 
Id love to hold on to this instrument, but I have one that I have made that is important to me and not room for two.  
Instrument will ship very carefully packed (no styrofoam peanuts) and fully insured, preferably going out on a Monday or Tuesday so it is less likely to sit in a truck overnight.
I will consider a significantly reduced sale price for museums where it would show to the public.   
Let me know if you would like a detailed in-hand description over a video call.

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Listed2 days ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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