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kjewell21 - Posted - 02/10/2008:  23:23:06


was wondering whether anyone knew the where abouts of Mike Allison. He built one of the banjos I have which I bought from Tony Trischka. It used to be a 6 string for Tony but Tony had it converted to a 5. The neck is a little wider then standard and great for playing ragtime. Thanks please email me at kjewell21@optonline.net

kj


Edited by - Banjoman on 02/10/2008 23:30:08

Don Borchelt - Posted - 02/11/2008:  00:08:10


I asked Leonard Coleson about him about five years ago. Leonard told me he was living in Connecticut, and had gotten interested in bowl turning. Okay, I suspect this is his site, but I don't know for sure:

http://www.michaelallison.us/

Wait, I think so...

http://www.michaelallison.us/Web/Pa...tactPage.htm

Cool. You inspired me, I sent him an email. Let's see if I'm right. The online show schedule hasn't been updated since 2006, that's not a good sign...

- Don Borchelt


http://www.banjr.com


Edited by - Don Borchelt on 02/11/2008 00:11:01

PeterJ - Posted - 02/11/2008:  09:22:39


I love that Allison banjo -- I remember playing it when I studied with Tony in '81 and '82. Great sound, and the wider board made it easy to play melodics and single string stuff. By the time I went looking to buy one, though, he'd stopped making them. I really liked the look of it, too -- cool inlays and headstock design.

Here's another link:
http://craftsreport.com/may05/oe.html


Peter
"Play the song, not the notes"

http://mysite.verizon.net/vze3bgzt/ (banjo sound samples & my rig)
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www.myspace.com/splinterville


Edited by - PeterJ on 02/11/2008 09:26:37

Michael Allison - Posted - 06/04/2008:  09:55:17


Hi Folks,

While checking Google to see how my current website is doing I happened upon some references to me on this site. A few souls were musing about Allison built banjos and wondering what I'm doing. I left the music business in 1984 and was mental health professional until 1999. I began woodturning in 1997 and have achieved some degree of success (judging by how exalted the crafts shows I am juried into). Because of my current site I periodically hear from owners of my work, either first or second hand. I am always impressed and flattered to hear their words of praise for the instruments. I am pleased that most seem to actually still work, as the tendency of curly maple necks to go berserk was always the bane of my life as a banjo maker.

I like my current work because since it is purely decorative, and I have total design freedom. Since the pieces don't have to actually function (i.e.., play cleanly to the 22nd fret or sound snappy) the work is much more forgiving.
The down side is that since nobody really needs any of these vessels sales can be a bit challenging. Fortunately it's just a serious hobby, with the pay off being cheap ego thrills that accompanies minor fame. Please feel free to visit my website and email if you so choose. Hope this is f some value to the modest fan base I may still have.

Michael Allison - Posted - 06/04/2008:  09:55:48


Hi Folks,

While checking Google to see how my current website is doing I happened upon some references to me on this site. A few souls were musing about Allison built banjos and wondering what I'm doing. I left the music business in 1984 and was mental health professional until 1999. I began woodturning in 1997 and have achieved some degree of success (judging by how exalted the crafts shows I am juried into). Because of my current site I periodically hear from owners of my work, either first or second hand. I am always impressed and flattered to hear their words of praise for the instruments. I am pleased that most seem to actually still work, as the tendency of curly maple necks to go berserk was always the bane of my life as a banjo maker.

I like my current work because since it is purely decorative, and I have total design freedom. Since the pieces don't have to actually function (i.e.., play cleanly to the 22nd fret or sound snappy) the work is much more forgiving.
The down side is that since nobody really needs any of these vessels sales can be a bit challenging. Fortunately it's just a serious hobby, with the pay off being cheap ego thrills that accompanies minor fame. Please feel free to visit my website and email if you so choose. Hope this is f some value to the modest fan base I may still have.

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