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LUDWIG ‘BLACK HAWK’ Tenor Banjo (c.1928). (NOT FOR SALE - PHOTOS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT). FANTASTIC BANJO AND UNBELIEVABLY RARE. Gold-plated, engraved, and with carved heel/neck. I’ll let the photos do the talking. This was the sister banjo to the Ludwig ‘Big Chief’. They were Ludwig’s the top-of-the-range banjo and they sold for $450 in 1929. William F. Ludwig was the founder of the Ludwig Drum Company and he said that they only made fifteen banjos with the Native American Indian’s head on the back of the resonator. As far as I have been able to find out there were approximately nine ‘Big Chief’ banjos made, so there must have been approximately 6 ‘Black Hawk’s made. In Akira Tsumura’s famous book ‘1001 Banjos’ there’s a photograph showing two Five-String and two Plectrum Black Hawk banjos - but no Tenor. This banjo could possibly be one of the two other Black  Hawks. If you have any more information on this I would be very interested to hear. This banjo is all original and is complete with its original brown leather plush-velvet lined hard shaped case with a fitted zip cover and original badge on the lid. It has its original hang tag and original tension key. The original armrest has been re-plated and engraved with ‘Western Music Supply Co. Calgary, Alberta’.


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