Smakula

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PO Box 882, Elkins, WV 26241

304-636-6710

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Page Updaed 11-7-2017

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Vintage Banjo Parts

We stock thousands of vintage parts. Mostly for banjos, but we have a few things for acoustic guitars, mandolins and fiddles. A small sampling is listed here. If you don't see your need listed, Do Not Call, but please email us. To help speed up the process, kindly attach a clear close-up jpeg (100 to 200 K file size please) of your desired part and any important measurement. I'll reply promptly.

Armrests

Vintage Style Wire Banjo Armrest; An excelent reproduction of the wire armrests found on many prewar openback banjos, The slotted adjustable legs fit most banjos with traditional shoe, hook, & nut design. Manufactured for 11" rims, but can be gently bent to fit other diameters. Builder and music store inquires are invited. We offer these armrests Nickel plated for $18 or raw unpolished brass for $15. Both finishes are in stock and ready to ship. Photos

Tailpieces

1920's and 1930's Grover Presto 5 String Tailpieces.
Originally 4 string, recently punched for 3rd string. Several available. $150 each.
1920's and 1930's Grover Presto Original 4 String Tailpiece $150.
S.S. Stewart Common Sense Tailpiece. Original Metal tailpiece with original flower. 1 available. $400 each. Photo

S.S. Stewart Common Sense Tailpiece. Original Metal tailpiece with modern flower made of fossil walrus tusk. $175.
Early 1900's Cammed No-Knot. Swivel cams at the string holders make this perfect for gut and nylon strings. $150
New Carved Bone 5-string Banjo Tailpiece. Inspired by the original equipment found on Fairbanks banjos before 1900. $45. Optional tailpiece hanger bolt & nut is $5. Specify long (2-1/4") or short (1-3/8") Photo

 

Tuners and Tuner parts

Vintage Ivoroid Tuning Knobs. We have many different shades of Celluloid grained knobs made from 1900 to 1935. $10 each
Beaded Knob Ivoroid Friction tuners, $30 each Photo
Champion Uke tuners,
grained ivoroid knobs, set of 4; $75 Photo

Geared Tuners

Grover Ideal. Geared banjo tuner with a diamond shaped plate with holes for 2 mounting screws. Excelent condition. $200 for the set of four. Photo
Grover Ideal. Geared banjo tuner with a diamond shaped plate with holes for 2 mounting screws. Excelent condition. 2 stray tuners available for $50 each.
Grover No Band tuners; Set of 4; $200 Photo

Grover No Band single tuners $50 Each Photo
Grover Offset Pancake Tuners. Require 2 screws for mounting $40 each. Photo
Page Figure 8 tuners, as used on Paramount banjos.4 available; Photo
1 in excelent condition; $100
1 in solid condition, but with peeling plating. @ $50
1 with cracked housing. Still working, but for how long? Best if used for parts; $25
Ludwig Planet Tuners; The original small (9/32") planetary banjo tuner. Nickel plated with grained ivoroid knobs; $250
Ludwig Planet Tuners; Smaller in proportions than above. Made for banjo-ukulele. Gold plated with grained ivoroid knob; $350
Page Model E tuners, 1 gold and 1 chrome available. Fitted with new black knobs. $40 each. Photo

Banjo Shoes

1920's Vega 1 point shoe (Little Wonder, Style N); $5.00 each Photo
1920's Original Vega 2 pointed shoes; $15 each. Photo
Fairbanks Shoe with hex bolt, $10 each Photo
Fairbanks & Cole long 2 pointed shoe. Photo $25 Each.
Buckbee Spread Eagle shoes; $25 each. Photo
Buckbee Shield Stars and Bars shoes $25 each Photo

Buckbee Shield Shoes. Rim attachment screw cast into shoe. $25 each Photo
Buckbee Butterfly Shoe; $30 each Photo
1890's Shoe, similar to some Stewart shoes, but with a smaller, 8-32 slotted screw. Nickel plated brass. $5 each. Photo
J.B. Schall Ball Shoe; $15 each. Photo
J.B. Schall Ball Shoe, rim attachment screw cast into shoe; $15 Each. Photo each

Hook and nut sets

Original Vega 9/32" ball end nuts with hook nickel plated; $8.00. Photo
Vega Little Wonder 9/32" nut with hook, nickel plated; $7.50 each. Photo
1960's Vega Bent flat Hook with 9/32" open ball end nut; $5 each. Photo
Paramount Ball End, 9/32" nut with hook, nickel plated, $10 each Photo
Paramount Open knurled end, 9/32"; nickel plated $10.00 each. Photo

Buckbee, square with long ornament, $25 each. Photo
Cole closed ball end, 5/16", $5 each. Photo
Fairbanks 5/16", $10 each. Photo
Fairbanks & Cole 1/4" nut with 1-13/16" long hook; $10 each. Photo
Gibson Trapdoor. open ball end with lip; 1/4"; $10 each. Photo
Essex, 5/16" with hook; $5 each Photo
Lyon & Healy 5/16" nut with hook: $7 each Photo
JB Schall, 1/4" with unusual decorative end, very rare, $25 each. Photo
JB Schall, Ball end, 5/16", $10 each. Photo

 

1900's A.C. Fairbanks ID Plate; Original A.C. Fairbanks plate removed from orphan, un-restorable original 5 string banjos. We have 2 available at $250 each. A very hard to find item. Photos

New Reproduction 1900's A.C. Fairbanks ID Plate; A reasonable copy of the Fairbanks screw on plate. $15 Photos

Bracket Wrenches

Vega with Star 9/32"; $50 Each Photo
Fairbanks Electric; From early 1900's 9/32"; $150 Each Photo
Paramount, from 1920's. 9/32", $50 each Photo
Cole's Eclipse from 1890's. 9/32". Very rare. $300 Photos
Orpheum, from about 1918. 9/32", $50. Photos
Generic brass clock key, .150" square, fits Ludwig Top Tension Banjos, $7
New bracket wrenches. 1/4", 9/32", and 5/16"; $8 each.

Shipping
We ship most of our instruments via UPS. Cost to ship a mandolin is $20 to $40. Cost to ship a guitar or banjo is $25 to $60. The cost of insurance is extra. We will be happy to quote before shipping.

Small goods like banjo heads and other parts cost $7 per order for Priority Mail shipping in the continental US no matter what the order size. The cost of orders headed out of the continental US will be quoted before they are shipped.

Sales Tax
We are legally obligated to charge 6% West Virginia sales tax on anything purchased here at the shop or shipped within the state of West Virginia. We do not charge sales tax on orders sent out of state.

To Order
Call us at 304-636-6710. For payment we accept checks, wire transfers and MasterCard & Visa. If you prefer Paypal, please send us an email requesting a Paypal invoice.

Email;
Occasionally a customer will let us know that the "Contact Us" button will not work on their computer. If you have that problem, please use sfi<at>smakula<dot>com You will have to change the <at> and <dot> to @ and .