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Ever seen/heard a Pollman mandoline-banjo?

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Apr 20, 2019 - 2:20:41 PM
11840 posts since 10/30/2008

Johnny Cash put out some LPs with the Carter Family featuring this instrument back in the ealry 1960s. I "think" the player is Bob Johnson, but I may be wrong.

Apr 20, 2019 - 4:41:20 PM



119 posts since 6/26/2004

Do a search on BHO for Pollman and you will find a lot of information. Also a google search and click on images. There are lots of these around. Some are very fancy, some pretty plain. They are beautiful instruments.

Apr 21, 2019 - 12:45:53 AM



9103 posts since 1/22/2003

Mike Seeger uses one on track 11 (The Sailor and the Soldier) on his CD 'Southern Banjo Sounds'. There is also a picture of the instrument in the booklet. He writes:

'I used a late-19th-century instrument, an August Pollman "Mandoline Banjo", a mandolin body with a five-string neck. I believe it was designed for either gut or steel strings, and I used steel.
Many homemade banjos were made with wooden rather than skin sounding surfaces. Bascam Lunsford played a Pollmann on some of his recordings'

It sounds very nice.

Apr 21, 2019 - 5:30:52 AM



119 posts since 6/26/2004

I just found this website on Pohllmann. It has some information along with some recordings, photos and old advertisements.

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:53:11 AM



92 posts since 5/30/2010

Just a few posts back I posted a photo of a couple Pollman's I have (5 String + 6 String Version) to ask about whether these were designed for steel strings..


Apr 22, 2019 - 8:58:25 AM

283 posts since 5/19/2018

Old Timer - Thank You for posting that video.

Led to me and my Wife sitting on the couch for a few hours enjoying UTubes of Johnny C and on to Porter Wagoners TV show. Before our time, but what music....

Certainty without question the coolest use of a Pollman banjo-mandolin to be ever documented.

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:35:22 PM



1047 posts since 12/12/2007

David Eugene Edwards of Sixteen Horsepower and Woven Hand plays one. Here is giving a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR:

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:46:07 PM

646 posts since 5/6/2004

I remember a dealer had about three of them for sale at the Delaware Valley Fest in the early 90's. I should have bought one!

Apr 26, 2019 - 1:49:47 PM

Paul R


11211 posts since 1/28/2010

I played one at the Twelfth Fret in Toronto a few years back. It projected quite well and had a very good tone. If I'd had a thousand bucks to spare, I'd be playing it now.

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