Posted by sdfarris on Friday, February 29, 2008
My one and only gig at Millers Grocery is on hold for now - one band member is temporarily unavailable with no ETA for his return. We did a 5 song CD which came out pretty good - I'll upload some sound files Real Soon Now -- after I do my taxes, finish a personal recording project, fix my garage door opener, redo my web site, build a few more Tranjos, work on a new patent application... the list really seems endless sometimes.
Speaking of patents, I have the first prototype of my new Tranjo Express model ready to go. I consulted my builder, Jon Kammerer, and we're looking at ways to cut the production cost of Tranjo necks. Ideally we'll have an economy neck for the Express, and a deluxe neck option using the current Tranjo necks which are very high quality. I might go with Gold Tone necks made in China to keep costs down. The Express model will use the standard Tranjo neck and a greatly simplified body design. You'll still have a full scale neck which is removable, although not quite as easily as a standard Tranjo. There are a few details of the body structure which may be patentable, so I want to get a provisional application on file before releasing any pictures. The list price of the Tranjo Express should be under $400 (about half of a standard Tranjo) and hopefully lower after I evaluate production costs and construction time.
I'm approaching our 100th Tranjo build and I'm planning to do something special with #100 - a one-of-a-kind figured maple model or something similar. April 2008 will be the 4th anniversary of Farris Travel Banjo and I'd like to thank all my customers and also Eric and the Hangout for all their support.
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