Fretless Boucher Minstrel Banjo in Curly Maple from Terry Bell Kit
Current price $595.00
Listing type Fixed Price Item
Location Iowa City, Iowa 52245 US
Quantity sold 1
Quantity available 1
Seller j_mck (772)
Seller rating 100% positive feedback
Number Of Strings 5
Brand Terry Bell
Custom Bundle No
Model Boucher Reproduction
Bundle Description complete banjo
Dexterity Right Handed
This banjo was constructed from a kit made by Terry Bell of Michigan. The design of the banjo is based on an 1850's original made by William Boucher of Baltimore Maryland who was among the first commercial banjo makers. The "beehive" on the headstock is typical of the Boucher design. The 12.5 inch rim is made of steam bent Oak- single ply like the old ones. The Curly Maple neck has outstanding figuring and the entire banjo has a medium brown stain with some toner around the edges to simulate aging. The pegs are ebony violin legs and work smoothly. The head is a natural skin head, and is tightened using brass wing nuts and threaded brass hooks which attach to the rim with handmade brass brackets. The edge of the neck is scribed (see photos) so even though there are no frets you can see the approximate location where the frets would be and place your fingers accordingly. This banjo is upgraded with a bone nut and a cocobolo rosewood tailpiece. The approximately 5/8" high bridge is handmade from Maple. The tension ring is steel that has been painted to resemble brass and is riveted in the old-fashioned way. The banjo is easy to play and has that old-time mellow plunky sound and the lower and pitch associated with Minstrel banjos.
The scale is about 27 inches and the overall length is about 39.5 inches. The Curly Maple dowel fits snugly, and the rounded end of the dowel is where the tailpiece ties on with Kevlar cord. Thanks for reading the entire description. I will ship the banjo in a sturdy carton anywhere in the 48 contiguous states for $50 and ship for actual cost elsewhere. If you'd like a shipping estimate please ask and I'll supply one.
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