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Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor Banjo, 2016

Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor Banjo, 2016

The Irish Tenor banjo is specially adapted to Irish and other Celtic music styles, pitched low to co-exist with the Bodhran, pipes and fiddles. The Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor model offers a quality instrument at a reasonable price. The seventeen-fret IT-250’s short scale neck uses heavier strings and is tuned to GDAE, an octave below the mandolin. This setup is in wide use by many traditional Irish musicians because it provides the plunky tone that works so well with the bodhran, pipes and fiddles found in Celtic music ensembles.

Price: $850 CAD
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❌ SOLD ❌ Frank Neat Bean Blossom 5-String Banjo, 2003

❌ SOLD ❌  Frank Neat Bean Blossom 5-String Banjo, 2003

This is an interesting piece – a Frank Neat Bean Blossom 5-string banjo, built as one of 22 Bean Blossom banjos, with the neck and resonator using walnut from a tree that grew next to Bill Monroe’s stage at the Bean Blossom festival grounds. Working from his shop in Russel Spring, central Kentucky,  Frank Neat builds some of the world’s finest banjos.   He’s run his shop since 1980.     

Price: $2995 CAD

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Deering Goodtime Six Steel String Banjo

Deering Goodtime Six Steel String Banjo

The Deering Goodtime Six is a 6 string, steel string banjo, that tunes like a guitar and features a fast, sleek, and comfortable guitar style neck that feels like an old friend. The Goodtime Six harnesses Deering’s 41 years of banjo know how to put a much needed quality American made 6 string banjo within reach of any guitarist looking to add an authentic banjo sound to their arsenal without breaking the bank

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❌ SOLD ❌ Ludwig Ambassador Tenor Banjo Walnut, 1926

❌ SOLD ❌ Ludwig Ambassador Tenor Banjo Walnut, 1926

The Ludwig Ambassador tenor banjo is an example of a business recognizing opportunity. The Ludwig Drum Company started in 1909 and by the early 1920’s realized that banjos are closely related to drums, and offered a range of models. However, by the early 1930’s as banjos started to wane, Ludwig moved back to its core business – and is still a respected name in drum manufacturing.

Price: $999 CAD

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Gold Tone TS-250 Tenor Special Banjo

Gold Tone TS-250 Tenor Special Banjo

Gold Tone TS-250 Tenor Special Banjo

Price: $1539 CAD
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❌ SOLD ❌ Williams and Son Echo Style 15 Open Back Banjo, 1895

❌ SOLD ❌ Williams and Son Echo Style 15 Open Back Banjo, 1895

Just in time for Canada Day, here’s an 1895  R S Williams and Son Echo Style 15 Open Back Banjo strung with nylon, built in Oshawa, Ontario.  To the Depression era, R S Williams was a prominent manufacturer of instruments, including pianos, guitars, banjos, mandolins and violins.

Price: $669 CAD

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