Who made this one?
Patent "Cantilever Neck" Banjo

© Frank Ford, 1999; Photos by FF

Here's another of those great patent instruments from the early days of the five string banjo.

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This one achieves an adjustable neck angle with a unique wishbone cantilever affair that adjusts by means of a screw through the shell at the heel, and pivots amidships on the outside of the shell. The fifth string runs down through the neck in a tube in much the same manner as the classic English "zither banjo."

The end of the scalloped "flush fret" fingerboard bears a patent date of 1891. I've seen this same imprint on Martin and other instruments which were modified in this patented style.

July 13, 2000 - I just got a message from Dion Morriss, who tells me this is a Hobart C. Middlebrook "Hoop Neck Rolling Fret Banjo." Thanks for the update, Dion!

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