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Jul 22, 2021 - 2:27:42 AM
100 posts since 12/4/2007

I play guitar and mandolin in an Oldtime/Americana/jam band. We gig at least once a month, often outdoors.

I have a couple of 20's 17 fret tenor banjos. I like the 19 1/2" to 21 1/2"" scale length, and am enjoying learning the different chords associated with that.

Messing around with the old instruments is fine, but what I would really like to find is an American made modern instrument that will be reliable on stage.

I would like to find an American builder that would make a no frills open back 17 or 19 fret, 19 1/2" tp 21 1/2" with simple brass rolled tone ring, or no tone ring at all, 12" radiused fret board that I could take delivery of within 6 months for around say $1500.00

Any suggestions?

Jul 22, 2021 - 2:35:54 AM

Bill H

USA

1646 posts since 11/7/2010

Nechville makes tenor banjos, typically using the Moonshine framework. I own two Nechvilles and really love the quality and the sound of these instruments.

https://nechville.com/tenors.php

Jul 22, 2021 - 2:36:53 AM
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jacot23

USA

195 posts since 12/13/2012

Not sure of their backlog at the moment but I'm sure any of these guys could build one for you:

Stone Banjo Company
Zach Hoyt
Ken LeVan

I've owned banjos by all 3 and all are really good builders. Zach for sure has built at least 2 tenor banjos per his web site.

Jul 22, 2021 - 3:05:06 AM
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23 posts since 12/23/2019

I highly recommend Zach Hoyt. I just got a 17 fret tenor with 12" rim. He offers several tone rings. The banjo is beautiful and the sound is incredible. His prices are very reasonable.

Jul 22, 2021 - 3:42:57 AM

100 posts since 12/4/2007

Fantastic!

I will look in to those builders.

Had a great experience recently with a custom mandolin build.

Jul 22, 2021 - 3:51:58 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9913 posts since 1/22/2003

Don't forget the Ome tenor banjos:
omebanjos.com/banjos/tenor/

Edited by - Emiel on 07/22/2021 03:52:13

Jul 22, 2021 - 6:56:58 PM
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Helix

USA

14200 posts since 8/30/2006

The Lange Challenger, Brooklyn NY

I agree with Ken Levan

Use rolled flatbar on the inside ledge to a 5” radius and let it snap into place
Unjoined with a tiny gap or silver soldered

I’ve built several

Then think of an archtop woody

Whyte Laydie is heavy for the gain
Tubaphone has many friends
CUP-O-PHONE has a group here

Or spoons

Jul 22, 2021 - 11:22:42 PM

74 posts since 3/24/2020

I have a collection of tenor banjos & my favourite for playing chords on is my 23.5" to 24.5" scale 12" pot with a woody tone ring. It beats everything else by a country mile for chords.

Jul 24, 2021 - 10:09:33 AM

100 posts since 12/4/2007

quote:
Originally posted by martyjoe

I have a collection of tenor banjos & my favourite for playing chords on is my 23.5" to 24.5" scale 12" pot with a woody tone ring. It beats everything else by a country mile for chords.


Going back and forth between a 19", 21" and 23 1/2" I agree that the longer scale is best for chording.

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