Circa 1918 Orpheum w/ Bart Reiter Neck 5-String Banjo Used
We've had several original Vega banjo shells with Bart Reiter necks, but this is the first Bart neck we've seen on an Orpheum shell. Of course once Bart Reiter's complete new banjos were in high demand he ceased offering to make necks for old pots, but this one was done years ago when Bart was still hungry! It's a sturdy maple neck with a nicely different headstock shape, and of course it's missing the multi-layered colored veneers and crumbling dyed pear wood fake ebony that plagued the original Orpheum necks. It's always been a mystery that Orpheum shells were built to last, when their necks were not, and this 11 1/4" maple shell delivers great tone. The four little holes you see on the inside wall of the rim are from a "Rettberg & Lange" plaque that's now missing, but all the essential parts are there (tailpiece is a recent reproduction).