Patrick Heavner has been very busy since his interview with Craig Evens on the "Conversations with North American Banjo Builders" DVDs.
Some people just don't like CNC machines. There is a lot of handwork that goes into banjos, not just CNC.
It does not really matter to me whether a human holds the router. CNC technology allows more mfg in the USA, reduces wait times, improves quality control, and allows for supply at a price point where many people can afford a quality instrument. After Pisgah automated more, employment at the company greatly increased. It's a myth that automation reduces jobs. It creates jobs here that would not otherwise exist both for the manufacturer and the people who sell, install, and program the machines.
I stumbled across and immediately snatched up a brand new 2022 Pisgah Possum Walnut with aged hardware 3 weeks ago. I am flat amazed at how much banjo I got for my dollars. especially for an American made instrument. CNC is no detriment at all, it allows for precise work and enables the company to sell more instruments, hence as stated above, employ more workers and turn out a darn fine instrument.
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