Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

Darkey's Jig by a young F. Converse from the Rice 1858 book.

Marking my return to Skin and Gut with this new instrument made by Jeff Kangas. Maple neck and pot are stained dark with aqua fortis and have been given a hand rubbed oil finish from a 19th century formula. Hand bent pot is 12 1/4 inches in diameter, 3 inches deep and 1/4 inch thick. Scooped neck measures 18 3/4 inches from nut to edge of pot and is 23 3/4 inches in overall length. Scale length is 25 - 26 inches depending where you place the bridge. Neck is 1 3/8 inches wide at the nut, 2 1/4 inches wide at the chanterelle, and 2 1/4 inches wide at body. Natural calfskin head, steel tension hoop and brass flesh hoop. 8 hand made brass hooks, nuts, and shield-shaped shoes. Rosewood pegs, nut and tailpiece. Tailpiece is tied on with real tail gut

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Comment by Ian Bell on August 28, 2011 at 8:46pm
Wow - those open bottom notes just hang there and don't go away. Can we have a glamour close-up of the head?
Comment by Carl Anderton on August 28, 2011 at 8:48pm
Sounds as good as it looks!  Kangas appears to have a Wunder-like approach to authenticity.
Comment by Timothy Twiss on March 16, 2019 at 7:00pm

Thinking again of selling this. Contact me if interested. 


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