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For Sale: Custom 12-inch Tubaphone Marty Spencer Florida Banjo

Custom 12-inch Tubaphone Marty Spencer Florida Banjo

Posted By: writerrad | Rate Member
 Member 10+ Years  Verified Seller  Players Union Member

$1,200 USD

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Marty Spencer made this fine banjo to the demanding specifications of Florida banjo legend Larry Crismond in 2006.

I watched Larry and Marty engineer it to be the loudest possible open-back banjo. This banjo is NOT FOR THE FAINT AT HEART or anyone who thinks banjos should be mushy and quiet!

Marty hand-lathe-turned this banjo’s solid half-inch block maple rim to get a robust ring you cannot get out of a laminated rim. Marty no longer builds banjos, making this a one-of-a-kind collector’s item, more one how Marty built banjos at henrymountain.com.

This banjo has
• 12" head
• Marty Spencer to-be-phone tone ring
• 1/2" block maple rim
• Gorgeous 7-piece neck - maple, ebony, maple, bubibga, maple, ebony maple- with a 1/4" wide bubinga middle neck stripe
• a beautiful fiddle back maple, ebony and rosewood dowel stick a head and heel with a similar pattern with the outer laminate being bubinga,
• block maple rim,
• a no knot tail piece
• A Renaissance head,
• a frailing scoop.

Sound files of this banjo playing two finger, frailing, and blues three finger picking can be found at 1drv.ms/f/s!ApyiabBG4Go2iP9h6HpudE8G_deIpw

This banjo has been mine since 2010. I have used it for presentations at the Banjo Collectors Gathering, at the Suwanee Banjo Camp and at banjo camps and university classes here in Florida, and in Germany, and England. It’s been the banjo I used in performances around the country with the Ebony Hillbillies including at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife festival (see below links to YouTube of my playing the banjo there), at the 100th Anniversary Celebration for the City of Fort Lauderdale in 2010, and at many other jams and gigs in the US and Europe.
It is great for old-time frailing and two-finger picking and wonderful for three-finger and plectrum blues and ragtime banjo, especially the music of Gus Cannon. As loud as an RB, it can hold its own in Bluegrass.

This banjo is being sold at a bargain price because I want it to go to a serious picker or a collector who cares for its history. Help me with this!

This banjo is being sold through West Palm Beach’s Amp Shop, one of the best guitar and banjo fixing, improving and selling places I have ever encountered. I am asking for $1200 for this banjo.Their contact information is Amp Shop & Music Parlor, 776 S. Congress Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33406, USA. Their email is ampshop@bellsouth.net. On their web site, ampshopmusic.com, they say “We are a small busy shop, so we don't have a dedicated person to answer emails. If you need some info quickly it is best to call during normal business hours.” Their phone is 561-471-944.

YouTube of Tony Thomas Playing this Banjo at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC.
“Great Getting Up Morning”: youtube.com/watch?v=RwBUGH6iSfg
“Got a little home to go to”: festival.si.edu/blog/2012/ebon...lbillies/
“Sugar in the gourd”: youtube.com/watch?v=l58pyoc7yWI
“Altamont”: youtube.com/watch?v=6BJ2gueJ-Xk
“Leather Britches”: youtube.com/watch?v=HwUZfZzhQMk
“Cotton Eyed Joe” youtube.com/watch?v=rQ2__AP_P0I

Again Sound files of this banjo playing two finger, frailing, and blues three finger picking can be found at 1drv.ms/f/s!ApyiabBG4Go2iP9h6HpudE8G_deIpw

Location:

United States, West Palm Beach, FL, 33406

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Check/Money Order, Visa, American Express, Discover

Return Policy:

Returns not accepted.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Very Good Condition

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Florida banjo

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This banjo is being sold through West Palm Beach’s Amp Shop, one of the best guitar and banjo fixing, improving and selling places I have ever encountered. I am asking for $1200 for this banjo.Their contact information is Amp Shop & Music Parlor, 776 S. Congress Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33406, USA. Their phone is 561-471-944.

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