Gibson RB-1 #9527-18, the "A.E. Rawlonsory"
Before I had even finished the purchase of this banjo I had named it "Sydney". The gentleman who had sold it to me thought that "Sydney" was a good Australian name as well. When it arrived I opened the original case's accessories compartment and underneath the flap was a vintage train pass sticker. In bold print it read "SYDNEY". This was unknown to me. I thought this was special since I had already had it named "Sydney".
I noticed On that old vintage train pass on the case his name is written in the old inkwell-and-pen calligraphy-style writing (A.E. Rawlonsory). The way everything went down was fate and even the person who sold it to me said "It was fate, mate". I feel very fortunate and proud to have an original five-string in my collection".
(see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers)
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