View Full Version : refurbishing old banjo uke

08-28-2012, 04:13 PM
I have an old banjo uke that has a label inside. It says "Sterling T.B.C. Chicago". It seems to be set up to be double strung (eight tuning pegs). It is missing the tail piece and bridge. I want to restore it. Any ideas if modern banjo tail pieces will work? And where do I get a bridge for a double strung uke??

08-28-2012, 04:21 PM
I think what you got there is a Banjolin (Mandolin banjo) not a Banjo Uke. Any mandolin tailpiece should work.

08-28-2012, 04:43 PM
Agreed- banjolin. fun times ahead- Mandolin clamshell tailpiece ought to do it

08-30-2012, 05:38 PM
I have a source for a clamshell tailpiece. How does it attach to this kind of instrument?

08-30-2012, 05:45 PM
Oh, duh, I figured it out. Just unscrew the base pin. One other question...Did these instruments normally have a name plate on the front above the tuning pegs like a guitar? Mine seems to be missing.

09-08-2012, 03:20 AM
Hardly ever. If you have a spot where a nameplate was, it likely belinged to the music store that sold the instrument. Also what you have there was made by Tonk Brothers Company.