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The Lurcher banjo by Malcolm McLeod

Posted by WillyG on Tuesday, September 17, 2013



My first attempt at an entry to the forum, please be gentle. I thought it might be interesting to share my experience playing a prototype handmade banjo in the UK.

This weekend I trollied off to my weekly banjo lessons in the UK only to find that my teacher Dan Stewart had a very new instrument in his collection. Turns out it's not his but is on loan from Malcolm McLeod of Brighton Banjos all set for Dan to write a review. Like most of us, the chance to try something new made me push to have a go - now, I'm no professional player but there's serious quality at play here. It's walnu (I think) with an 11" pot, wide neck and quality hardware but though that's all very nice, the best bit about ths instrument is the tone. There's real depth of sound with an oldtime creamy note (bare with me) that emphasises the bass while the high notes remain clear. I was a bit worried about playing a wider neck than my pencil-thin neck on my own banjo but it's much more comfortable than I'm used to and much easier to play.

This isn't a sales pitch I promise, I just wanted to share a simple fact.... And that is that if you have the opportunity to try this instrument you really must give it a go, has anyone on the forum come across Brighton Banjos and knows Malcolm's work?

I think I know what I want for Christmas !


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