Smakula

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PO Box 882, Elkins, WV 26241

304-636-6710

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Page Updaed 4-9-2019

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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 and affordable 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

5-String Banjo Tailpieces

1920's and 1930's Grover Presto 5 String Tailpieces.
Originally 4 string, recently punched for 3rd string. Four available. $150 each. Photos
1920's Grover Presto Ideal, $75; Photos
1970's Ode 5-string Tailpiece. Heavy Duty! $150 Photos
1970's Liberty Bearclaw. 5 individual adjustable fingers; $100 Photos
1920's Grover Windowpane 8 string tailpiece. Excelent soldered repair. $150 Photos
Fairbanks & Cole Grained Ivoroid Tailpiece; very good condition; $100Photos
1900 Tallon Tailpiece. Individual fingers for each string; $100 Photos
S.S. Stewart Common Sense Tailpiece. Original Metal tailpiece with modern flower made of fossil walrus tusk. $175. Photos
Early 1900's Cammed No-Knot. Swivel cams at the string holders make this perfect for gut and nylon strings. 3 available.$150 each Photos
Early 1900's Cammed No-Knot, Gold Plated. Swivel cams at the string holders make this perfect for gut and nylon strings. $175 Photos
1901 No-Knot 5-string tailpiece. Earliest model with "Patent Allowed" stamp; $125. Photos
1910 Elite 5-string Tailpiece. As used on Cole and other banjos. $75 Photos
Dobson with 6-Pointed Star. Great condition; $150 Photos
1918 Kershner Unique, Original 5-string . 2-3/4" long. $250 Sorry, Sold. Photos
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

4-String Banjo Tailpieces

1920's and 1930's Grover Presto Original 4 String Tailpiece Two available $150 each. Photos
Waverly-Ludwig 4-string tailpiece for 1920's Ludwig top tension banjos; $75 Photos
Kershner 4-string
tailpiece from 1920's. 2-3/8" long; $100 Photos

Stromberg 4-string tailpiece from the 1920's; $75 Photos
Oettenger 4-string tailpiece from 1920's; $150 Photos
Richilieu 4-string, 1970's copy of Oettenger; $125 Photos

 

Tuners and Tuner parts

Vintage Ivoroid Tuning Knobs. We have many different shades of Celluloid grained knobs made from 1900 to 1935. Matching sets are rerely available , but please inquire. $15 each Photo
Vintage Celluloid Tuning Knobs. Celluloid non-grained knobs made from 1900 to 1935. Matching sets are rerely available, but please inquire. $10 each Photo
Beaded Knob Ivoroid Friction tuners, $30 each Photo
Grained Ivoroid Friction Tuner with Maltese Cross Knob. 2 for peghead available. $30. Photo
Grained Ivoroid Friction Tuner with Inlaid Maltese Cross Knob. 1 for peghead available. $100. Photo
Grained Ivoroid Friction Tuner with Inlaid Square Knob. 1 for peghead available. $100. Photo
1890's Carved Bone Tuners as used on high end Fairbanks Electric banjos. 3 peghead and one 5th available; $150 each Photo
1890's Bone tuners with beaded knobs. 4 peghead tuners available; $100 each Photo
1920's Screw Tension Friction Tuners. With grained ivoroid knobs. As seen on 90% of all banjos made from 1900 to 1930. 4 sets currently available. $75 per set of 4 Photos
1920's Small Screw Tension Friction tuners. Smaller grained ivoroid knobs than above. 3 sets available; $50 per set of 4 Photos
Champion 5-string tuners, grained ivoroid knobs, set of 5, very nice; $100 Photos

Champion Uke tuners, grained ivoroid knobs, set of 4; $75 Photo
1920's Gold plated screw tension friction tuners, Set of 5, with original grained ivoroid knobs. $150 Photos

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. Photos
1920's Grover Pancake Tuners. 3/8" shaft. $200 for set of 4. Sorry Sold. Photos
1920's Grover Pancake Tuners. 3/8" shaft, slightly large housing, .79" diameter and .312" thick, grained ivoroid knobs. $250 for set of 4.On Hold. Photos
1920's Grover Two-Band Tuner, with extra engraving. 3/8" shaft, grained ivoroid knob. One available; $100, Photos
Grover Offset Pancake Tuners. Require 2 screws for mounting. Only one available $40; Photo
Page Figure 8 tuners, as used on Paramount banjos.
1 nickel plated in excelent condition; $100 Photos
1 gold plated in excelent condition; $125 Photos


Ludwig Planet Tuners; The original small shaft (9/32") planetary banjo tuner. Nickel plated with grained ivoroid knobs; 2 sets of 4 available, $250 per set Photos
Ludwig Planet Tuners; Smaller in proportions than above. Made for banjo-ukulele. Gold plated with grained ivoroid knob; $350 Photos
1960's Elton Planet Tuners, Chrome plated, 2 to 1 gear ratio, 3/8" shaft Set of 4; $50 Photos

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
1920's Original Gold Plated Vega 2 pointed shoes; $20 each. Photo
Fairbanks 1900 Reproduction 2-point Shoe; $20 each Photo
Fairbanks Shoe with hex bolt, $10 each Photo
Fairbanks & Cole long 2 pointed shoe. Photo $25 Each.
Buckbee Spread Eagle shoes, Wth nut attachment; $25 each. Photo
Buckbee Spread Eagle shoes, Wth screw attachment; $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; $8.00 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
Buckbee, raw brass with 5/16" nut, $8 each. Photo
Buckbee, raw brass with 9/32" nut, $8 each. Photo
Cole closed ball end, 5/16", $5 each. Photo
Fairbanks 5/16", $10 each. Photo
Gibson Trapdoor. open ball end with lip; 1/4"; $10 each. Photo
Essex, 5/16" with hook; $5 each Photo
JB Schall, Ball end, 5/16", Only 4 available. $10 each. Photo

Resonators & Hardware Hardware

Vega Pie Resonator. Curly Maple, Sunburst finish, tortoise celuloid side; $175 Photo
Vega Individual Flange Plates,
Nickel plated $5 each; Photo

Vega Engraved Individual Flange Plates, Nickel plated $15 each; Photo

 

ID Plates

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
Generic brass clock key, .150" square, fits Ludwig Top Tension Banjos, $7
New bracket wrenches. 1/4", 9/32", and 5/16" hex; $8 each.
New bracket wrench. 1/4" square,; $12 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 $8 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 .