October 24, 2014
Windsor “Zither” Banjo c. 1890’s
I bought this beauty from a family whose great grandfather had been a vaudevillian back in old blighty. She came complete with original leather case.
In true British style/engineering prowess the 5th string runs through a tube rather than the American version. Hours of restoration work has revealed a true gem with a unique voice and timbre. If you like open back banjo tone then you’ll love this.
inc Original case.
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January 8, 2014
Windsor banjo mandolin.
Here’s a piece of history for ya!
The Banjo mandolin or “banjolin” was designed with the vaudevillian beer halls of the late 19th through early-mid 20th century in mind. With no Electric amplification, volume and projection were the key. I suppose you could say that “in your face” is another way to describe it. With that in mind, I present to you this “large bowl” professional Banjolin is just that. It’s a headache inducing, ear splitting piece of mid range punch. Wanna cut through in your folk ensemble? Wanna get sacked from your Folk ensemble? Wanna annoy your neighbours? Wanna get evicted?…. Well this is for you.
PS everything that should be done has been done
. New Calf skin head
. Set up with hand made bridge
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