Lange Made Reser Model Banjo- Tailpiece

Categories
Audio Visual Collections > Banjo Construction Photograph Archive
Subject
Banjo Construction Photographic Collection
Musical instruments
Type
digital image
Coverage - Temporal
2016
Identifier
1115161526a.jpg
Language
English
Publisher
Radford University. McConnell Library. Archives & Special Collections.
Description
Detail of the main part of the tailpiece. This banjo was made by the William Lange banjo company sometime between 1925 and 1939. In 1897, Lange and his partner, Rettburg had a banjo company in New York City making a variety of banjos until 1922 when Lange took over and renamed the company Wm L Lange. Among other banjos, Lange made or was associated with Orpheum and Paramount banjos. Due to the success of Lange made instruments, he also began making lower priced instruments for entry level players. At that time, customers desiring their own name on the peghead could contract with Lange to build them and this banjo falls in that category upon the request of Harry Reser. Harry Reser was a famous banjoist who lived 1896-1965. He was well known for his lightning-fast playing and his teaching materials. In the 1920s he was regarded by many as the country's best banjoist.
Rights
Copyright is held by Radford University. If you would like to use the materials please contact the Archives & Special Collections at archives@radford.edu. The images are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that proper citation is used (e.g. Banjo Construction Photograph Collection, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA). Any commercial use or unauthorized reproduction of these photographs, without the written permission of the copyright owner, is strictly prohibited. Please refer to the McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections website for more information.