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Kel Kroydon® Banjo Turns Back The Hands Of Time

Thursday, July 8, 2010

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The Kel Kroydon® Banjo Company has rolled back the hands of time in the Bluegrass Banjo world.

Tom Mirisola, President of the American Made Banjo Company has brought together some of the finest component and instrument builders he could find for his latest project. Together, Tom Mirisola, Robin Smith, Rick Kulesh and Steve Gill have turned back the bluegrass Banjo hands of time at least 20 years. In October 2010 the new Kel Kroydon banjo line named the “Affordable Series Banjo” was made available to purchase in stock or pre-order direct from the AMB Company. Tom stated: This is an exciting time for us and the bluegrass banjo community during the economic soft spot we are in. We now have 5 Models to choose from. The Nickel plated KK Standard Maple model will be a replica of the 20 year old banjo era so often talked about. The same era replica Nickel plated KK-3 Mahogany Standard model will have purfling rings on the resonator with the additional option of Wreath or Reno style inlay designs. The Nickle plated simple version Mahogany KK-250 has been named the work horse of the banjo line. The Walnut KK-4 with Hexavalent Chrome hardware and the Gold Plated & Engraved Granada.
The icing on the cake has yet to be read. The easy part of this project was replicating the looks and components of a banjo during a great era. Turning back the pricing to the1990's proved to be the test. We are pleased to announce, without diminishing the as always highest quality of the Kel Kroydon banjo reputation, we are able to compare to the typical retail pricing of 20 years ago. The Mahogany KK-250 will retail for $2,499.00. KK3 Mahogany will retail for $2,649.00. The KK Standard for $2,999.00. The Walnut KK-4 for $3,299.00 and the Maple Gold Plated Granada for $4,699.00
 
Kel Kroydon® "Affordable Series" Banjos can only be purchased through AMB Co direct

The Style 10 and 11 Designs are Registered Trademarks
of the American Made Banjo Company

 
 
KK3 Mahogany Specifications:
·         One Piece Mahogany Neck by Robin Smith
·         Gill Mahogany Resonator w/Purfling Rings
·         AMB Co 3 Ply Rock Maple Rim
·         Kulesh 20 Hole Tone Ring w/1990 Proprietary Formula
·         Mastertone Style One Piece Flange
·         Notched 24 Hook Tension Hoop
·         Bound Rosewood Fretboard
·         Bone Nut
·         Double Cut Style Peghead
·         Ebony Peghead Overlay w/Leaves & Bow Pearl Inlay
·         Leaves & Bows Style Pearl Fretboard Inlay
·         Dual Coordinator Rods
·         Timeless .656 Maple Bridge
·         Gotoh Tuners w/Geared 5 String Tuner
·         Cryogenic Loop End Strings
·         Brass Presto Tailpiece
·         AMB/Remo Frosted Head
·         Nitrocellulose Satin or Gloss Lacquer Finish
·         Nickel Plated Hardware
·         Limited Lifetime Warranty
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www.kelkroydon.com www.americanmadebanjo.com I am the owner of the American Made Banjo Co, Inc located in Boston, MA. USA. Originally a Tenor Banjo player since 1975 I swapped over to the Bluegrass 5 String banjo in 2001. I played Lead Tenor with the 9:29r's Banjo band for 19 years. We were a local 25 piece banjo band who specialized in raising money for charities. We never took more than our expenses for travel and returned our portion to the charity we were working for. We worked almost every Friday night filling auditoriums where ever we played. At times a bunch of us would break off from the band and played at local rest homes and hospitals for the terminally ill. Again, donating our time for those in need. At 19 years old I built my first banjo with a Vega Style Pie shaped resonator and a Tubaphone Tone Ring. I still have it to this day and will never sell it. Most of the time I played a Vega Whyte Lady or my B&D Silver Bell #6 NE Ultra Plus. These banjos will be in my possession forever. In 2001 I had a charity gig hosted by the NH Country Music Association. I scruffed by with the Tenor and soon realized a 5 String was the proper banjo to use. So, I purchased a cheapie and sought out a local instructor. This is where I met banjoist Rich Stillman. To this day I still take lessons bi-monthly as the learning curve will never end. Being accustomed to the Rhinestone and Pearl look on a Banjo, I was excited to find out the MOTS look was also popular in the Bluegrass world. I immediately purchased a few prewar banjos with MOTS and without. As my ability grew so didn't my desires for the right sound. The prewar banjos satisfied my desire only for a while which led me on to making my own banjos. I fell upon the Kel Kroydon trademark securing the name and look then decided I might as well do something with it. My goal was to produce a prewar style banjo for the banjo enthusiast without emptying their pockets. So, I brought back the MOTS banjo in both the Style 10 and 11. In a short time I realized banjo players also wanted a more traditional look, so I developed the New Generation Kel Kroydon Banjo starting a new era and look. The more I became involved with the 5 String banjo the more I had to get the right sound to accommodate the look of the banjo. That's when I hired the best Metallurgist in the country to clone a prewar tone ring. We reached our goals in a short time and now are looking toward the future. Future development of a Flange using original prewar Pot Metal is my next project. We are close with the look. Also, in the process of building prototypes we figured out why they flared in the past. We will correct that design flaw with our flanges coming out soon. If it wasn't for the knowledge of Robin Smith I would have never accomplished what has been done so far. I am still elated every time I look at the metallurgical results of the Dannick Tone Ring vs. the original prewar specimens we used. And they said it couldn't be done. The way I feel, those are the words of people who never tried. Oh!!!! The Cryogenic Strings are another story. Have a nice day Tom Mirisola

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