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Playing Since: 1981
Experience Level: Purty Good

Occupation: luthier

Gender: Male
Age: 61

My Instruments:
Banjo - First and foremost

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Almost any band that plays Bluegrass...
My son's music also, Blues

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Created 10/25/2010
Last Visit 9/30/2012

My parents gave me a banjo for Christmas one year when I was 16 yrs old. That's all she wrote folks! When I went to college, at Indiana State, I had no choice but to skip classes and play it in my dorm room all day. I eventually quit college and became an apprentice for master luthier Ernie Wells, in Connersville, IN. Approx. 3 yrs later I opened my own banjo shop. The Henry J. Banjo Shop was opened initally in 1986. However, it became more of a hobby after marrying, having children, and working over-time all the time. After being laid-off from my employment, I decided to go full-time in what I love doing...building banjos. I give full credit to Christ, who has given me this talent and the ability to do it. I sell banjo pot assemblies: Mastertone and open-back, with a variety of wood choices in nickel or gold plating. I also take custom orders and construct resonators & rims. I have a variety of nickel & gold parts for sale. My son Henry and I spend time together re-building old guitars and my youngest son Andy and I spend our free time fishing.

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