Work Page 4-2020
1920s Langestile Banjo Uke

The Langstile seems to have been conceived as a cut above,and it is a very different design. The non-flanged resonator fits snugly - and the back-edge is bound in metal, uniquely among banjo ukes. Another model Langstile has a completely chromed resonator.
Instead of 16 tension hooks, the Langstile features 24, and sports really elegant MOP fretboard and headstock inlay. 
The scale length is also nearly two inches longer than those on basic Langes and the Lange Solo, making Langstiles true 'longscale' ukes. Now, players are fond of calling these longscale ukes 'tenor' ukuleles, but they were never called that at the time and their tone is not very different from a plain old soprano ukulele. They are simply longer-scale instruments with potentially greater range, depending on the number of frets.
Serial Number 28
Original Instrument
Mahogany Neck and back plate, Maple Rim 
Setup GDAE
 (4 string Mandolin/Melody banjo)
9" head
16.5" scale
26" total length

INITIAL PICS
5-16-2020
This instrument is for sale
The repair sequence is shown to give a view of exactly what was done, to get it to what I wanted it to be.
If you have an interest please go over all of the work pics.
Final pics will be at the bottom of this page.
Thanks for looking and sharing
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REPAIR SEQUENCE PART 1
Will re-use orig Langstile branded calfskin (cleaned)
Stripping off finish, straightening the resonator side wall (Press fit)
Refinish wood with Mohawk Nitrocellulose Classic Instrument Lacquer

Back plate has a slight depression in the wood from wear,
Not structural, but visible.
Production finish-4 coats, grain will show.
1 coat inside resonator
Dress frets-oil board, re-install dowel at proper angle.
Buffed hardware, dressed frets-assemble rim
Assemble resonator, install neck
Install 5 star geared tuning pegs

Add period mounting hardware to resonator, with center screw.
Now there is no slipping off to worry with.
Added Wire style armrest
Added modern down force tail piece.
Farquhar bridge
Setup GDAE/Wounds/Steels
Can setup GCEA Ukulele/Nylon Strings

Plays well up and down, full bright tone
 
Second Setup
Sound is very good, I know this will be a great melody banjo.
Since I chose to do this instrument in GDAE tuning I had to make some changes.
The thin brass low tension tailpiece could neither take the strain, nor produce a tone without over tones.
I opted for a Waverly reproduction, that has the shortest arm length on a modern adjustable tailpiece.
This will give me enough breathing room in the "bridge to tailpiece arm" area, and cancel out those wolf tones.
Secondly, the original thin bar fret wire had to go.
It has no radius, and no way to properly give it one.
They feel like you play a washboard.
So I will go with a hard alloy 2.0mm wire, pre-cut

Rounded all the way to fret board, and will produce a better feel.
Added white side markers, 1/16"
Level board, install and seal wire,dress frets/polish,buff fingerboard/oil,re-install.
Then ,set it back up and dial it back in,





FINAL PICS
Instrument now plays very well on the new frets.
Down force tailpiece doing its job, tone is pure, clear, and powerful, no over tones.
The wood bearing edge on the rim is sufficient to make this a professional sounding instrument.
It can hold its own with anything it is faced with, in competent hands.

The last thing I intend to do on it is to make some sort of resonator attachment devices
The "Slip on" aspect that they wished is a poor design and it wants to "Slip off" , no mater how snug I can get it
The little dings in the sidewall are a testament of this occurring, ,IMHO
It was a good though for someone wishing to whip the back off for a head tightening, 
Not all ideas are good ones, I have thought up some doozies! 
FINAL PICS - with resonator attachment added