Looking to some of you knowledgeable people to tell me what the TN-75 designation stands for or means. Also how the TN-75 differs from the other COT Models like Classic and/or TN Flathead (I have both of these models and love them both) other than cosmetically. I have scoured forums and internet in general, but not found much of anything in those areas. Your help is appreciated, Thanks
I can't believe that there is no one on this site who doesn't know a little about this particular model of banjo. Wish you would give us the benefit of your input...
It is strange that you have got no replies to your query. Perhaps you could contact the maker (if still currently making them?).
Crafters of Tennessee was Tut and Mark Taylor's brand.
For a couple of years, Mark and Greg Rich built some banjos under the Rich and Taylor brand.
Mark continued to build for a while after R & T broke up.
He went out of business quite a few years ago due to unsavory business practices and disappeared to avoid the consequences. I do not recommend trying to locate him.
From what I understand, some of Mark's instruments were of pretty decent quality. I wouldn't worry too much about the details of the various models or what year they were made.
My brief contact with him on behalf of a friend of mine who owns a COT mandolin that had a construction defect was such that we decided that it was best to not do business with him, and handle the problem in a different way. We found out later that several people had had difficulties with him, and that we had made the right choice.
I'll say no more.
Hmmm, that sounds ominous. Like "I made you a banjo which you could not refuse". Banjo Gangstah?
Gentlemen: Thank you for your kind replies. However, I am familiar with Crafters history, own two of their products, and in spite of Mark's unsavory business practices prior to closing up shop, think they are both top quality and top of the line instruments. It is a shame that some acts by the very talented maker has tainted the "brand name" insofar as instrument popularity and value are concerned. I believe them to be very undervalued for the quality of workmanship, materials, playability and versatility of the end product. I love both of my Crafter's products. I only wanted some details about the differences between Crafter's models, i.e., Flathead and Classic versus the TN-75. Many thanks to all who responded so far, I appreciate it. I'm also hopeful that the person with the more specific knowledge I seek is just biding their time before answering...
Checking the classified listings, all I can determine is that the TN-75 is a maple banjo with gold hardware and inlays that are different from the Classic. The maker of the tone ring is not specified.
I know that some of the other models had Tennessee 20 tone rings.
That's about all the info I can find.
The fretboard inlays appear the same, but they do not have the classic series' fancy headstock inlays. While the brand's demise had a sad ending due to customer service problems, they are well-made fine sounding banjos.
'Burlile Tone Ring' 11 min
'Cosmic Crisp Apple' 2 hrs
'Scientific Retractions' 8 hrs
'Kulesh Tone Ring' 9 hrs