Thanks to Banjo Hangout discussion, I discovered Prust Banjos. I contacted Eric and told what I was looking for and asked some questions ... he was very helpful and even said he wanted to be sure I was happy with my choice before I paid for the instrument.
I ordered the Basic Tackhead banjo. This is my first fretless banjo, my first primitive, natural materials instrument - and I love it! What a beautiful sound.
I haven't mastered the fretless left hand work, yet ... but I have made friends with it!
I love this banjo!
Thursday, October 11, 2012 @12:57:26 PM
1974+/- I bought two old beat-up banjos, one a fretless, from an antique/junk store for $30 for both. I actually thought at the time the fretless was a banjo with an unfinished neck and gave it away. Dumb kid !!
Thursday, October 11, 2012 @9:05:00 PM
I have been making banjos since 1975 and have always made my own. Last year, while visiting my father in law out in Sequim, WA, I gave Eric a call and introduced myself and we ended up having a nice visit. Photos on my photo page. Really enjoyed meeting he and his wife, very nice folks. In the end, I ordered one of his tackheads. My wife thought I was nuts. I keep it sitting out all the time and have played it as much as any banjo we have around. Both my son (who plays bluegrass banjo for his living) and I have really enjoyed that Prust, great lightweight banjo with great tone and fun to play. Enjoy! Glenn C.
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