Bonus Video: Folk Art Banjo

Value (2014) | $3,000 Retail$4,000 Retail
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APPRAISER:
We were talking earlier about how there's so few things like this that have survived in the condition this has survived in. I mean, it's pretty much untouched. It still has the old varnish on it, and think about this, it kind of gives me the cold chills on my arm to think that your great great uncle made this and gave it to your grandfather in 1920. And I would give anything to be in the room to hear him playing with other guys, you know.

GUEST:
Oh yeah. They did great.

APPRAISER:
An old timey tune. Well.

GUEST:
Yeah, they did great.

APPRAISER:
It still has some strings left on it. And I didn't dare tune them up any higher than I already did.

GUEST:
Yeah.

APPRAISER:
But this is called a fretless banjo. You know, there's all these notes in the between where your finger are supposed to be that are called bad notes, but the thing that made the fretless unique was the fact that they would slide on it.

GUEST:
Mhmm.

APPRAISER:
Pretty Polly. With a tone deaf banjo player.

GUEST:
Well, I still think my grandpa would like to play with you anyway.

APPRAISER:
Well, I would have loved to if I had my guitar we would just go right to it.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Ken Farmer LLC
Charlottesville, VA
Appraised value (2014)
$3,000 Retail$4,000 Retail
Event
Charleston, WV (August 16, 2014)
Category
Folk Art

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