I was able to purchase this Charlie Cushman Signature Series 5 String Kel Kroydon® Banjo banjo a few months ago.
Being a huge fan of the mahogany gold plated banjo sound ever since I played Jim Mill’s Mack Crowe banjo and I built my own copy of Jim’s banjo several years ago using a prewar rim and resonator…….has been my main banjo I play and still is……….
On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate this banjo a 9.75……..it’s virtually in un-played condition!
This one is signed by Charlie on the sticker and is banjo #007 stamped in rim.
The tone ring, tension hoop and armrest were pulled from the banjo and used on another project by the original owner…..the rest of banjo was put under the bed and left there until I was able to buy it and put it back together just as original.
I purchased unplated armrest, tension hoop from Prucha which is the kind of parts this banjo had originally per description on Tom’s American Banjo Co. site.
Sent them to Nick Kimmons, who did the original engraving on these banjos, and he engraved the original patterns on these parts…….then on to Steve Huber for gold plating.
I was able to locate and buy a coveted “Dannick” gold plated engraved tone ring to go back in it..
It is back together like it should be now and looks just like it did when new.
I set this banjo up with the same setup as I use on all my banjos in the Bryant banjo shop and all I can say is in my opinion……..this is by far the best sounding NEW banjo that’s out there today and I have played most all of them at one time or another.
This is one of the prettiest banjos I have ever seen and we all know that Robin Smith is an outstanding banjo luthier and he really outdid himself on these banjos!
Banjo will ship in new Access hardshell case and a 2 day return approval.
If you are not totally pleased with this one you can send back in same condition it ships to you and I will refund total purchase price minus the shipping.
I was told by a gentleman that should know that these Cushman Signature banjos sold for around $5K.
Cost is $3775.00 or best offer with free shipping in USA Only
Thanks For Looking!
Don Bryant NC banjo luthier
Hear sound bytes of banjo here
United States, Thurmond, NC, 28683
Free Shipping in USA Only
Payment Option Notes:
Payment to be US Postal Money Orders
Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Excellent Condition
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