I visited my local music shop here in Winnipeg yesterday and seen that the Gretsch Laydie-Belle that hasn’t been touched since it arrived in the shop, has been reduced from $ to $ CAD. I was half tempted to pull the trigger and get it there and then, but thought I would check with the Session first to see if anyone has had any experience with playing this particular model and maybe has any advice? I loved the scale of the banjo and found it alot easier to play than my current fret.
I went to an auction the other day and picked up a few banjo's first one I'm cleaning up and restringing is a gretsch orchestrella 4 string the. The Gretsch Pages: Where real Gretsch talk happens, since ™. That serial number would be helpful in dating the banjo more closely.
We think this type Gretsch Orchestrella was made It was Gretsch's "professional" tenor banjo. See attached with a Gretsch made Black Beauty in between. The Broadkaster line supplanted the Orchestrella line in about October While Gretsch serial numbers do not appear to be entirely sequential yours is "high" for the Orchestrella line.