Universal Top Notch #134 Washboard
Larger version of the legendary Zinc King #703
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Vintage Universal Top Notch #134 Washboard
Great for players who want large family-size version of legendary Zinc King #703
Just like the Zinc King #703 - but bigger! Popular full-size zinc washboard features same zinc rubbing surface as Zinc King #703.
Genuine Vintage Top Notch #134 made by the National Washboard Company
Like many family-size washboards manufactured by the National Washboard Co., the Universal Top Notch #134 Washboard is a work horse musical instrument that boasts sturdy construction and a durable roomy rub surface. The Universal #134 washboard is a featured artifact in the collection of the Made-in-Chicago Museum.
Match Your Favorite Version
Washboards made in Saginaw have a dowel in the leg that seems to secure the soap drain. Washboards made in Chicago and Memphis show no dowel. 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 Zinc
The Universal Top Notch #134 washboard sports that same exact zinc coated metal rubbing surface players love so much about the famous Zinc King #703. The Universal #134 also gives you the same corrugated metal design too. The metal rub surface is basically a big flat corrugated zinc-coated tin can. Serious players really like that great playing surface because of the relatively soft tone it delivers.
Large Family Size
Which Washboard Grade is Right for You?
Every Universal Top Notch #134 washboard we sell is a fine playing vintage instrument. All parts, including the back panels, are intact and in good working order. For all practical purposes each Universal Top Notch #134 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:
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.