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Jan 11, 2019 - 12:50:20 PM



31 posts since 12/25/2018

I've built spinit harpsichords and hammer dulcimers from kits before. any sort of what you got to say about where and how to start, advice tips, anything. thank you everyone, and this hang out is amazing.

Edited by - Lynne on 01/15/2019 18:55:45

Jan 11, 2019 - 1:17 PM
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1586 posts since 12/31/2005

I would post this in Banjo Building, Setup, and Repair. All the expertise in the world there. Plus, you will probably find old threads there of interest. There are several books. Those folks will know the best ones for you.

Jan 11, 2019 - 3:56:38 PM

149 posts since 12/5/2014

I would start out with a kit from Saga or Goldtone. Both banjos turn out pretty decent and this gives you a strong foothold to move up to a more serious build. I got a saga kit last month on Amazon for $249 on sale and it turned out pretty good actually, for an aluminum pot

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:24:15 PM
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11787 posts since 8/30/2006

Turn around now while you can, don't look back and don't look down. (C) 2019 ME.

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:38:31 PM

810 posts since 12/8/2006

Spinet harpsichord-no problem: banjo-tough!

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:52:31 AM
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11787 posts since 8/30/2006

If you misunderstood my msg. I've been building for only the past 12 years. I find it very fun and satisfying. I've met people I would not normally meet. I've learned things here on this forum that I would not have had a chance to do locally, I've made many local to international friends colleagues.

Read all that you can.  Some of the pro books and websites that you will eventually be referred to may be questionable due to opinions and personal preferences.

Try not to take those as rigid fact, but keep an open mind to what works for you, where you are located with what materials and resources available to you, not others.

Good luck

Edited by - Helix on 01/15/2019 11:58:30

Jan 15, 2019 - 12:15:03 PM

50804 posts since 12/14/2005

I'm guessing that you're looking for advice on building a banjo that looks and sound a lot like everybody else's banjo.

In which case, I would no recommend making one out of a  salad bowl, a P.E.T.E. vegetable tray lid, and some recycled windshield wipers.


If so, get a SAGA or GOLD TONE kit for starts, as mentioned above.

Jan 15, 2019 - 12:27:21 PM



2994 posts since 2/1/2012

Rudy has been very generous to help out new builders with some plans.   Don't forget to keep posting pics of your build as you go along smiley

You can find all the info here:

Edited by - sgsghbsdxbs on 01/15/2019 12:29:21

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