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Sunday, November 8, 2009

I am on sabbatical for the indefinite future, and likely will not be available for banjo work until at least 2024.

Consequently, I will not be returning any calls regarding banjo related subjects including work or commissions.

If you are a previous customer of mine and/or a friend, my new number is 615-202-5074, and although I will be hard to reach, I will make an effort to be in touch if you leave a message and return number.

I will not be available by any other means but the above number.  I will not have access to the internet, so I will not be able to respond to the hangout message system nor direct email.

If you are interested in my work, the links below may or may not be of interest to you:



Customer reviews about work I have completed for them on their banjos as well as some completed new banjos I have been commissioned to build:


About me, my experience, qualifications, and intentions & goals:


Thread announcing my shop opening in 2009 with various old/new friend and customer comments/conversation and several projects shown in process with pictures and explanations (including a 1930 TB-6 restoration):


Chris Cioffi





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Playing Since: 1980
Experience Level: Purty Good

tubeandplate has made 1 recent addition to Banjo Hangout 

Occupation: Luthier/Banjo Specialist

Gender: Male
Age: 54

My Instruments:
20's Gibson TB-1, 30's Gibson TB-00, various self made instruments; 1890's Gad Robinson, various Fairbanks/Cole/Vega, 20's/30's Bacon and Day banjos

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Larry Richardson, Vess Ossman, Ruby Brooks, Fred Van Eps, Ollie Oakley, Shirley Spaulding, Emile Grimshaw, Django Reinhardt, Don Reno, Eddie Lang & Lonnie Johnson, Mike Dowling, Bob Black, Bill Monroe, Fairfield Four, Tony Trischka, Vassar Clements, Stephane Grappelli, Allen Shelton, Jim and Jesse, The Osborne Bros., Little Roy Lewis, Barry Palmer, Steve Cooley, Jeremy Stephens, Mike Mason, Wade Mainer, and Earl (duh).

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Created 4/18/2009
Last Visit 4/20/2021

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