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Oct 1, 2020 - 5:34:12 AM
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kanna

Sweden

2 posts since 2/2/2016

Hi everyone,

First post so a quick presentation of myself that is (semi)related to my question!

I'm a beginner having played two finger thumb lead and some clawhammer since this spring (it's been my "covid-project" to learn how to play an instrument). I am now comfortable enough to upgrade from the very cheap Gretsch in rather poor condition I bought more or less just to try out and see if banjo was something I'd enjoy. It was! :)

I'm in Sweden so the choice of new banjo is somewhat limited compared to the US. But a standard model from Deering/Gold Tone/RK, which are all available over here, is more than enough for me.

That said I came across Philippe Revels beautiful banjos at perso.numericable.fr/revephil/. Assuming they are good banjos they are a perfect fit for me. Prices from 600-700 euros (700-800 dollars) and up, more personal than a Deering for example and shipping from France to Sweden that my wallet will survive (these days both the shipping and the customs add a crazy amount of $$$ to anything you order from the US).

Anyone here that have personal experience from his banjos? I searched the forum and found very little (although what I did find sounded good).

Finally - a big thanks to Banjo Hangout and it's patrons. Learning to play the banjo at 40 when you've never played any instrument at all before is an uphill battle at times and this place has been an invaluable resource for me!

Regards
Kanna

Oct 1, 2020 - 6:13:43 AM
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Welcome to the Hangout Kanna.
From what I can see on his web site his banjos are hand made and look to be of very good quality. You could not find a banjo of that quality in the United States for anywhere near the price you quoted. You would probably be better off giving a closer look to his work than trying to buy a factory made banjo from the U.S.
Just my two cents.

Oct 1, 2020 - 7:33:46 AM
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903 posts since 11/22/2007

I agree with Mark. Just saw and briefly played one 2 weeks ago. Beautiful workmanship. Good choice if you can get one within your budget

Oct 1, 2020 - 8:00:16 AM

kanna

Sweden

2 posts since 2/2/2016

Thank you George and thank you Culloden!

They sure are great looking instruments. The price is not completely clear on the site so hopefully I haven't misunderstood things. It does seem very cheap for the quality they seem to have. As I read it the intricate inlays is where the price usually goes up so a more plain one might be within my budget. I'm gonna contact Mr Revel and we'll see where things end up.

Oct 1, 2020 - 8:07:49 AM
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2345 posts since 4/7/2010

Phillipe has been a family friend for about 20 years. When he was an Air France pilot we could see him now and then for banjo talk and I could ship him banjos parts to his layover hotels. Now that he is retired he spends a lot of time on his art. Banjo building is just one of the mediums where he excels.

By all means, purchase the best Revel banjo you can afford. It will continue to inspire your music for as long as you own the instrument.

Bob Smakula

Oct 1, 2020 - 8:08:13 AM
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heavy5

USA

1344 posts since 11/3/2016

Beautiful art work !!
With the exception of Levan banjos , nothing I'm aware of here in the states comes close .

Oct 1, 2020 - 9:37:49 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23972 posts since 6/25/2005

A friend has one that I’ve played. Gorgeous and a wonderful player. I second Bob Smakula’s suggestionl.

Oct 1, 2020 - 10:25:50 AM

806 posts since 6/25/2006

It looks like high quality work with beautiful inlays but looks like he is re-necking vintage pots - nothing against that but you could also just buy a vintage banjo.

Edited by - hobogal on 10/01/2020 10:32:11

Oct 1, 2020 - 11:09:51 AM

1008 posts since 1/9/2012

I own his one and only ever mountain banjo. He delivered it in person to Southern California. We spent a delightful afternoon at the beach. What do you offer a globe-trotting Frenchman for a culinary adventure? Fish tacos! (I guess his global delivery service is no longer operative.) On my banjo, the workmanship is immaculate, and the design is beautiful and fascinating. However, since it's nothing like the one you'd be getting, I can't vouch personally for the sound. However, I can attest that his standards are the highest imaginable. He's very knowledgeable about banjo music, and has a fine ear.

Oct 1, 2020 - 11:20:22 AM

5605 posts since 9/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by hobogal

It looks like high quality work with beautiful inlays but looks like he is re-necking vintage pots - nothing against that but you could also just buy a vintage banjo.


You don't buy a Torres pattern Spanish guitar to play Metallica riffs. 

I recommend new banjos, reinforced for wire strings,

Oct 1, 2020 - 11:36:21 AM

55708 posts since 12/14/2005

Stunning pegheads!

Oct 1, 2020 - 12:09:46 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by hobogal

It looks like high quality work with beautiful inlays but looks like he is re-necking vintage pots - nothing against that but you could also just buy a vintage banjo.


Sometimes I make a whole banjo and sometimes I make a neck for an old pot. He probably does the same.

Oct 1, 2020 - 1:42:31 PM

2204 posts since 9/25/2006

I'd love to own a Revel banjo some day. We share the same last name, minus another "l" at the end!

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