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Joe the banjo guy

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02/16/2017 22:52:02 View Joe the banjo guy's MP3 Archive View Joe the banjo guy's Photo Albums View Joe the banjo guy's Blog Reply with Quote

I hadn't heard of these before, but was just browsing on the classifieds and saw a couple for sale.  I was just surprised that I hadn't heard more about these, since they seem to be in that $1000 ballpark where you don't see many that are American made.  I didn't see any on the Sullivan website.  Just curious if anybody knows if these are still being made or not. 

BANJO TONY

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3452 posts since 9/24/03

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02/17/2017 04:28:12 View BANJO TONY's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

no they have been discontinued by the Sullivan's. your guess is as good as mine. a lot of bang for the buck. that's a question only Eric or Jeff can answer.

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esullivan

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02/17/2017 04:55:52 View esullivan's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Joe,

Sorry for the extreme lack of information on our new banjos. We first started the Festival series back in the late 1990's but we discontinued them a few years into production because they were taking up too much shop time. At the time we were very busy producing parts for other manufacturers. The early Festival banjo were very simple banjos but very high quality at the same time.

We have reintroduced the Festival series and we feel that these new banjos are the best bang for the buck in the banjo market today. The new Festival banjos range in price from the low $2000 range up to $2995 and can be had with anything from a 1/4" tone ring or all the way up to our V35 ring. The maple version is roasted maple and can be either left natural or stained and a Mahogany and Walnut version are also available. These banjos feature traditional white binding, full inlays, gloss lacquer finish, a speed neck and all Festival models use nothing but the best mteal parts available, either Sullivan or Prucha. We are currently working on a new website but it will be a bit before it is finished.

Sorry for the choppy answer, currently at a trade show and using my phone to type. If you have any questions just give me a call

Thanks,

Eric

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BANJO TONY

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02/17/2017 05:07:59 View BANJO TONY's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

hey Eric, I guess you could call them the Shelby Mustang of banjos. because they will blow away the import banjos.

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beegee

United States
19948 posts since 7/6/05

02/17/2017 07:56:23View beegee's MP3 Archive View beegee's Photo Albums View beegee's Blog Reply with Quote

I have a Festival Deluxe with the cryogenic tone ring, maple neck and resonator. I just wish the resonator had more figure on the back. The sides match the neck pretty well. It has the tortoise binding on the resonator and of course no binding on the neck. I put amber buttons on it. The banjo is excellent, but is a little too bright for my taste.

I still play it occasionally. It may be yours of the price is right....

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Joe the banjo guy

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1654 posts since 8/4/11

02/17/2017 09:14:01View Joe the banjo guy's MP3 Archive View Joe the banjo guy's Photo Albums View Joe the banjo guy's Blog Send Joe the banjo guy an AOL message Reply with Quote

Thanks for the information! 

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