November banjos, dulcimers and a fiddle

My first project in November was a pair of cherry dulcimers. #50 is shown on the Dulcimers page at the regular price and #51 is a second, due to the neck being slightly off center on the sound box. This does not affect the playability, it is just a cosmetic flaw. #51 is available for $100 plus shipping, a discount of $50.

Fiddle #26 is a cherry fiddle with a scroll, made to order. It’s not customized in any way, but it’s a model I have not had in stock for a while.

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I had two custom banjos to build. #176 is a curly maple tenor banjo with ukulele strings, I think possibly it is the size of a baritone or tenor uke but I am not sure which, as I am not familiar with the ukulele world.

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#177 is a 12″ walnut banjo with a one piece neck and a Balsam Banjo Works 3 ply rim, and aged hardware. As of the time of this writing it has been in the mail for 10 days and seems to be stuck in limbo, but I am still hoping it will be delivered in the end, and if not the shipment is insured so it will be okay.

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I also made a custom unfinished maple fretless neck in November, it too is currently lost in the mail system somewhere. It’s been a tough time for the carriers with the high mail volume and the pandemic, so I hoping they are just delayed and not permanently lost.

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Banjo #178 was a stock walnut A scale, but it was spoken for before it was completed and thus does not appear on the Banjos page.

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Banjos 179 and 180 are stock, shown on the Banjos page.

I have decided it’s time to offer a 25% discount on Guitar #4 which was made in 2017 and is still unsold. It is shown on the Guitars page, and I’ll put in some current photos here. It is slightly more primitive than the guitars I make now, especially the binding, which has several visible flaws, but it plays well and sounds nice. The original price was $600 and I am now offering it for $450.

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December’s project list comprises one custom banjo, four stock banjos including a cello banjo, and an archtop guitar that I hope to make over the Christmas break when I have more free time in the shop.

2 thoughts on “November banjos, dulcimers and a fiddle

  1. hoytbanjos says:

    Thank you very much. There’s no consistent difference between cherry and maple and walnut that I’ve been able to find so far. Each fiddle sounds a little different, but I have not found a pattern of how any particular wood sounds. All three woods are in the same density range, though individual boards do vary a fair bit within each species.

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