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.
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.
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.
I just found this website on Pohllmann. It has some information along with some recordings, photos and old advertisements.
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.
David Eugene Edwards of Sixteen Horsepower and Woven Hand plays one. Here is giving a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR: youtube.com/watch?v=zSfhXPA3V9A
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!
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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