Bacon & Day represents the zenith of tenor banjo making in the 1920s and their banjos are highly sought after by players who appreciate traditional or Irish music.
This 1924 B & D Silver Bell Special No. 1 (Serial #12140) features 17 frets, and 24 Brackets. There are lovely pearl neck inlays and headstock decorations as well as a small diamond type pearl design on the back of the headstock. The 11"pot is of dark stained wood, perhaps Maple and the neck appears to be Mahogany. As an added bonus, there is a "lean" activated mute lever at the bottom of the pot that functions very well.
This instrument is in good playable condition with great tone and comfortable action and the metal resonator is in remarkably good condition. The banjo does however, show some signs of its age. The original skin head has good tension but is stained from use and the resonator has many scratches and marks. (see photos). There are also a few small areas where the laminate has been repaired at the back of the headstock (non-structural) Other than this, this fine instrument appears all-original including its tuning machines and all function well. It comes with what is likely its original case which is in fair condition showing many mars and marks, but all the latches seem to work and the handle is intact, so the case remains fully functional.
This banjo plays and sounds great and is ready to give years of enjoyment to its next owner.