Lange, William L Website about Lange Banjo's

Lange Banner Blue Banjolele Banjo Ukulele
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William L. Lange was in business as a banjo maker from 1897 until 1939. The company started in New York as Rettberg & Lange with William Rettberg as the other partner, but in April 1922, William L. Lange took over sole control of the company and changed the name to Wm. L. Lange.

They had their own range of Banjos and Banjoleles , notably the Paramount, the Orpheum and the Banner Blue, (plus a few others and some brands were not used on Banjoleles), but they also produced models for big distributors like Bruno and Henry Stadlmair, (for whom they made the Avalon). In 1925 they opened a second factory in Brooklyn for the production of more budget Banjos notably the Langestile, the Challenger and possibly the Blue Boy

To the best of my knowledge Lange never made any Ukuleles or other all wood chordophones though Martin famously made some, (32), very odd looking Guitars and Tenor guitars with a kind of extended resonator back for them under the Paramount brand name.

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