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manann instruments - Posted - 01/29/2022:  11:01:16


Hi, all banjo lovers. I'm new to the forum, but I came across a very interesting for me topic banjohangout.org/archive/266027 titled 'Is carbon fiber banjo possible ?' My answer to it is yes it is. Here is a short story. Few years ago I was asked to make few banjo parts using carbon fiber, but full time job as a carbon fiber guitar builder didn't leave me much spare time to do it. Over a period of time the circumstances changed as well as the idea grew in my head and I decided to setup a small workshop and build carbon fiber banjos. I started with a build of a open back banjo and discovered it's great potential. It was time for resonator banjo next and very soon I realized that this is much bigger challenge. The design of master moulds and final moulds was the hardest as well as most important part of the whole project, but every extra day that I spent on design paid back.
Enjoy the video and please tell me what You think.


banjonz - Posted - 01/29/2022:  11:24:53


Hello from New Zealand and welcome. It has a really nice sound. What does it weigh?

manann instruments - Posted - 01/29/2022:  11:28:29


Hello from Ireland and thanks, I'm glad You like it. it weigh 3kg.

Woodnwire - Posted - 01/29/2022:  11:44:07


I like the tone.
Its like a bigger pot but still pings.
I'm a woodnwire guy but I can appreciate the sound.
I'd buy one if I could afford it.

BruceS2 - Posted - 01/29/2022:  11:44:25


Do you plan to sell these?  How can we contact you?  

manann instruments - Posted - 01/29/2022:  11:55:34


I'm taking orders and the one that You see is currently for sale. You can contact me on: mananninstruments@gmail.com

revellfa - Posted - 01/29/2022:  12:31:36


Sounds and looks great. I’m so glad to see this. I believe there is a market. I’d like to hear a fretless!

Dan Gellert - Posted - 01/29/2022:  17:27:14


nice

mikehalloran - Posted - 01/29/2022:  18:37:52


Oh, that's sweet on many levels.



Any plans to make a long neck? Yea, I know, not much of a market for those in Ireland, right?


Edited by - mikehalloran on 01/29/2022 18:38:20

Alex Z - Posted - 01/29/2022:  18:59:03


Beautiful sound.  Elegant design.



This is what a banjo should sound like.

martyjoe - Posted - 01/30/2022:  06:52:46


That banjo would sit nicely with my carbon fibre ‘Emerald’ tenor guitar. Nice work! I can’t wait to see more of your creations.

Ken LeVan - Posted - 01/30/2022:  14:23:31


quote:

Originally posted by mikehalloran

Oh, that's sweet on many levels.



Any plans to make a long neck? Yea, I know, not much of a market for those in Ireland, right?






Mike,



I make carbon fiber tone rings with aluminumk skirts, and have put them on two longnecks so far, replacing Tubaphones, which was very successful.  They are my most popular tone rings.

RBuddy - Posted - 01/30/2022:  15:34:36


Very interesting guys. I'm loaded with questions. I used to build fiberglass boats so somewhat familiar with blending fibers and resins.

I also use carbon fiber rods and tubes in instrument construction. Those structural elements are made with CF, epoxy, compression and heat. I think mostly pultruded.

When you are building guitars or banjos, or parts thereof, are you laminating carbon fiber sheets, or laying strands of carbon in a mold with some epoxy resin?

The carbon fiber materials I use are densely populated with carbon strands.

How does that compare to home brew layups? Especially ratio of carbon:epoxy resin?

Thanks,
Brian

RBuddy - Posted - 01/30/2022:  15:51:20


I meant to mention Manann, that your banjo is beautiful and I love the design elements. And it sounds great too.

manann instruments - Posted - 02/03/2022:  05:36:44


quote:

Originally posted by mikehalloran

Oh, that's sweet on many levels.



Any plans to make a long neck? Yea, I know, not much of a market for those in Ireland, right?






I have plans to build few different types in the future, but now I'm focusing on the standard one.  

manann instruments - Posted - 02/03/2022:  05:57:11


quote:

Originally posted by RBuddy

Very interesting guys. I'm loaded with questions. I used to build fiberglass boats so somewhat familiar with blending fibers and resins.



I also use carbon fiber rods and tubes in instrument construction. Those structural elements are made with CF, epoxy, compression and heat. I think mostly pultruded.



When you are building guitars or banjos, or parts thereof, are you laminating carbon fiber sheets, or laying strands of carbon in a mold with some epoxy resin?



The carbon fiber materials I use are densely populated with carbon strands.



How does that compare to home brew layups? Especially ratio of carbon:epoxy resin?



Thanks,

Brian






What a coincidence. I use to build fiberglass boats as well:). Composites are very useful in did.  My bajno is built using vacuum infusion process, which means that all the materials are put into a mould dry and then infused with  resin under vacuum. this technique produces perfect resin to fiber ratio.



Regards; Marcin

RBuddy - Posted - 02/03/2022:  06:41:18


Thanks Marcin

I was wondering what type of process you were using.

I remember seeing some composite guitars somewhere that incorporated some really nice wood veneers giving the more traditional wood appearance. It was pretty impressive as are your banjos. Do you have a web site? I'd love to see some guitars and more of your work. I wonder if the guitars I saw were yours.

Thanks again and nice work!
Brian

banjodobro56 - Posted - 02/03/2022:  08:32:08


I was expecting bright and potentially harsh. I heard warm and (dare I say) woody. Great job and wonderful aesthetics!

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