Banjo For Sale
Rare 
1980s B&D Silver Bell No.1 Tenor
Made by Richelieu Banjo Co., for Gretsch

1980s Bacon Silver Bell
 
We do know that Gretsch toyed with the idea of it, but up until now, one has not shown its face in my shop.
 This banjo was made under contract from Gretsch by Richelieu banjos, Oregon WI.    
This was confirmed by several players that lived in NYC, and saw them on display at Matt Umanov's store
 Many people that own Richelieu's with Silver Bell F hole flanges, take note, they had to come from somewhere.
It shows the usual excellent construction of the Richy as well.
Urethane finish is yellowing.
No Serial numbers, and on its case tag, it says "Gretsch Silver Bell..possible prototype?" And well it could be.
I am leaving that to the experts, and those that feel like it would just be a great banjo, and it is.
Plays well as is  
Armrest is not original but will fit.
11" rim assembly, 23" scale