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Aug 12, 2021 - 9:01:21 AM
470 posts since 10/17/2006

I read a while back that one of the well-known makers of banjo resonators is no longer doing so. Does anyone know/remember who that was?

Aug 12, 2021 - 9:03:56 AM

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I think it was Steve Gill.

Aug 12, 2021 - 10:14:34 AM

12303 posts since 6/2/2008

And Jimmy Cox has passed away. His web site, however, is still up. Don't know if his son is continuing the business.

I think someone posted within the past few weeks that Steve Gill is back to work.

If the point of asking is that you need a resonator, I suppose it's worth trying to contact the Gill or Cox businesses to see if anyone is there. Eric Sullivan, too. Though there's been discussion this week about orders not being received.

Aug 12, 2021 - 10:54:43 AM
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288 posts since 8/7/2007

Ken,


Thanks for the plug. We do make resonators in house. Currently we have mahogany, curly maple, and Burl walnut. We can cut for any binding configuration and rings and install the binding if necessary.

We are working very hard to get through the backlog of orders. Current wait times on banjos is 5 to 6 months, custom necks is 12 to 16 weeks, most pot assemblies are 5 to 7 days. Most small components are usually available but low inventories here at the shop and manufacturing delays along with international shipping delays are pushing lead times further out. I never really thought that world problems would trickle down to banjos but here we are.

Eric

Aug 12, 2021 - 4:17:44 PM
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Helix

USA

14627 posts since 8/30/2006

That's good to hear, I would like to order a couple of rims.

I have used Sullivan resonators before.

Aug 12, 2021 - 8:06:56 PM

12303 posts since 6/2/2008

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Originally posted by esullivan

Thanks for the plug. We do make resonators in house.
...  low inventories here at the shop and manufacturing delays along with international shipping delays are pushing lead times further out. 


Glad to hear you're still there.

Tough times for businesses everywhere. I hope people will be understanding.

Aug 13, 2021 - 6:44:42 PM
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7158 posts since 2/14/2006

Today I just placed an order with Steve Gill (Aug 13, 2021). He's doing everything but the finish work.

Aug 14, 2021 - 5:08:36 AM
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Helix

USA

14627 posts since 8/30/2006

Sullivan's resonators don't come apart. No dirty rags have been used in a factory.

Ken61 was teaching banjo construction with educational franchise. He was making the rez.

Personally, I think shape is everything. Evidence was Mr. Scruggs on his front porch with a hatchet trimming away the squared edge bottom of the Granada rim as witnessed by John McEuen. Simple innovation.

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