DERROLL'S BANJO



Framus

Framus, Model Derroll Adams

Germany 1973
Signature on peghead: Framus
On back of peghead: 27812 / 741

Total length 97,5
Scale length 68,4
Ø 28 (11")
Brackets 12
Frets 22

Description
Rim in laminated wood with two strips of pale wool and ebony on the outer surface. Neck and peghead in laminated beech. Fingerboard in rosewood with acrylic inlay. Dark stained veneer on face of peghead, with acryl inlay Position markers and fifth string capo on side of neck Geared peg for fifth string with imitation mother-of-pearl button. Other four tuning machines not original.

Note
This banjo was Derroll Adams’ faithful companion on his numerous trips throughout Europe. His poignant, simple playing style, his deep warm voice and his wonderful stories made him well-loved in folk circles.
The German factory Framus issued this model in 1973 and used Derroll Adams' name to promote it. There were two versions: an open-backed one and a bluegrass one with resonator. A distinctive feature is the slightly rounded fingerboard with wide frets

Property of Mrs. D. Adams-Levy


Windsor Windsor, The new Windsor premier
Birmingham 1905
Signature on metal plate on dowel stick:
THE NEW WINDSOR / PREMIER N° 2 1905 / A. 0. WINDSOR MAKER. BIRMINGHAM

Total length 90,2
Scale length 66,4
Ø 26,8 (10 ½")
Brackets 12 (one missing)
Frets 22

Description
Rim in maple, with metal cladding Dowel stick in mahogany with regulator to adjust the inclination of the neck. Neck and peghead in mahogany, with a thin strip in maple. Fingerboard, peghead veneer and heelcap in ebony. Fingerboard with mother-of-pearl inlay and with edging in plastic. Position markers on side of neck. Machines are not original.

Note
Derroll Adams (1925-2000) used this banjo on his first solo album Portland Town and the LPs he cut with Rambin' Jack Elliott for the Joker Label.


Property of Mrs. D. Adams-Levy


Windsor Showcase with Derroll’s instruments during the Banjo exhibition at the Musical Instruments Museum,
Brussels 2003 -2004.



Text: Gérard De Smaele
Photos by Luc Schrobiltgen for the MIM (Musical Instruments Museum, Brussels)


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