Brass King Top Notch #801 Washboard
Large family-size washboard features brass herringbone "corn row" rubbing surface
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Vintage Brass King Top Notch #801 Washboard
Textured brass herringbone "corn row" rubbing surface
Popular full-size brass washboard. Manufactured by the same company that made the legendary Zinc King #703.
Genuine Vintage Top Notch #801 made by the National Washboard Company
Like many family-size washboards manufactured by the National Washboard Co., the Brass King Top Notch #801 is a work horse musical instrument that boasts sturdy construction and a durable roomy rub surface.
Match Your Favorite Version
The taller (24") Zinc King Top Notch #701 has a notched soap drain. The shorter (23") model has either a notched or trough style soap drain. If you have a preference, just let us know during checkout (in the Order Comments text box, step #4) and we will try to accommodate you. Because the supply is so limited, however, we cannot always fulfill your request.
The Great Sound of Brass
Like its zinc and silver brothers in the Top Notch family, the Brass King #801 washboard sports a metal rubbing surface with "corn row" furrows and distinctive herringbone pattern corrugated flutes. This texture is favored by players who prefer these large instruments made by the National Washboard Company. The design is great for players who need to drive home a more robust and solid tone than the diminutive Zinc King Lingerie #703 or any small pail-size washboard can deliver. So, what's the difference between the plated brass, zinc and silver surfaces? Okay, I'm a bit tone deaf I suppose. Because, well...they all sound about the same to me. But if you are a Top Notch connoisseur who can differentiate the tonal difference between one surface and the other, then please drop us e a line so we can share that info with your fellow players.
Large Family Size
Which Washboard Grade is Right for You?
Every Brass King Top Notch #801 washboard we sell is a fine playing vintage instrument. All parts, including the five back ribs, are intact and in good working order. For all practical purposes each Brass King #801 washboard plays just as good as the next. The difference in price merely reflects the outward appearance of the wood, the rubbing surface, and the ink.
Washboards in all grades below are antique objects that might show signs of age, wear or inconsequential damage such as small chips, water staining and paint spots from long term storage or display.
How to Attach Accessories:
Appears unused. Ink color and print quality usually good, but not always. Little or no corrosion. Belongs in a museum. Don't know why you would want to scrape up a fine antique relic like this to play music on it though.
The wood on vintage washboards is bone dry and brittle with age. So avoid hammering nails or tacks into the washboard because the wood is likely to crack. The safer way to add accessories and hardware is to drill holes with a sharp wood-cutting bit, then attach with bolts (preferably) or screws.
Grading Scale in a Nutshell:
The weathered ones cost less, the clean unblemished ones cost more.