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Jul 28, 2022 - 3:25:56 PM
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4677 posts since 9/7/2009

I was commissioned by Rik Palieri of Vermont to build him a 5 string cigar box thingy, I call a banjo, but some say it's not. I built the Mustang Pony mini banjo a few years ago.
He is a multitalented instrument player, and a host of a radio talk show . He is also promotes music venues, and is emcee for many of them. Rik wanted it built from a cigar box that belongs to a high school friend who smokes cigars, and so he chose one and sent it to me. I had to patch the corners of the the corners of the box... it had been carried all over the US in the past 50 years, containing various treasures.
I have been working on the instrument for several months. The neck is made of curly maple that I salvaged from the arms of two different discarded recliners at work. The strip in the lamination is walnut. I came up with the fretboard musical note inlay pattern, and the vintage microphone inlay for the peghead. The lines in the fretboard inlay is nickel silver, and the notes are MOP.
The amp is also made from a cigar box that I had. The insides from a guitar practice amplifier were gutted and reinstalled in the wooden box.
Here are some pictures of the building of it, and the finished instrument. If there any questions, ask and I will try to answer as soon as possible.


Jul 28, 2022 - 3:51:29 PM

PaulRF

Australia

3356 posts since 2/1/2012

Always a pleasure to see your threads. Fantastic work and photos as usual.

Paul

Jul 28, 2022 - 3:52:08 PM
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8040 posts since 1/7/2005

Great work as usual Marvin. The inlay is really inventive and elegant. I haven't seen many cigar boxes with that degree of fit and finish...and they've all been your's. You are one of a kind.
DD

Jul 28, 2022 - 5:37:34 PM

4461 posts since 10/13/2005

WOW! Fabulous! banjered

Jul 28, 2022 - 6:12:19 PM

lapsteel

Canada

818 posts since 8/13/2015

That’s the prettiest cigar box banjo I’ve ever seen. Terrific work Sir!

Jul 28, 2022 - 6:31:01 PM
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Mike76

USA

31 posts since 9/2/2021

Wow, that’s great work! Mike

Jul 28, 2022 - 7:06:12 PM

342 posts since 2/11/2019

Agree with all the comments. Any way we can hear it?

Jul 28, 2022 - 7:09:07 PM

Omeboy

USA

3253 posts since 6/27/2013

Beautiful job thru and thru. A peachy-keen humdinger of a real doozy. Would love to hear a sound sample.

Jul 28, 2022 - 8:51:29 PM

5522 posts since 5/9/2007

Looks like a Banjo
Thingy to me!

Jul 28, 2022 - 9:32:42 PM

Alex Z

USA

4930 posts since 12/7/2006

Yes, the inlays. An artist's vision.  The way the lines cross over;  and run off the edge of the board and back on. 

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Jul 28, 2022 - 9:39:26 PM

4591 posts since 5/29/2011

That is a beautiful job, Marvin. As only you can do.

Jul 28, 2022 - 10:04:23 PM
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59451 posts since 12/14/2005

While I an extremely impressed by your artistry and craftsmanship, I am also overwhelmed by curiosity.

WHERE does a WORKPLACE have RECLINERS that are used so frequently, that they become worn out, get discarded, and are repurposed as raw material for luthiers?

Jul 29, 2022 - 2:59:46 AM
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4677 posts since 9/7/2009

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Originally posted by mike gregory

While I an extremely impressed by your artistry and craftsmanship, I am also overwhelmed by curiosity.

WHERE does a WORKPLACE have RECLINERS that are used so frequently, that they become worn out, get discarded, and are repurposed as raw material for luthiers?


I worked in plant engineering at a hospital for 26 years, and retired April, last year. The patient rooms had hospital grade recliners in them so that family members could spend the night with a patient if they chose to. We repaired them if economically feasible, and if not, they were discarded. If I caught them before they were dumpstered, I would take a saws-all and remove the wooden arms. I have 10 or 12 of them still left. 

Jul 29, 2022 - 3:00:40 AM
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4677 posts since 9/7/2009

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Originally posted by Mad Hornet

Agree with all the comments. Any way we can hear it?


I hope to make a couple of videos this weekend. 

Jul 30, 2022 - 6:31:37 AM

162 posts since 12/27/2019

Smokin'

Jul 30, 2022 - 6:39:42 AM

bubbalouie

Canada

16059 posts since 9/27/2007

HAHA! "Thingy"= Work Of Art! Love all your work Marvin! Turns a sows ear into a silk purse!

Jul 30, 2022 - 6:44:25 AM
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59451 posts since 12/14/2005

"THESE ears are ALREADY a luxurious fabric!"

Aug 1, 2022 - 3:37 AM

4677 posts since 9/7/2009

Aug 1, 2022 - 3:44:43 AM

PaulRF

Australia

3356 posts since 2/1/2012

Wow, that's amazing Marvin. Sounds fantastic plugged and unplugged. Lucky new owner.

Paul

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