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Sep 26, 2022 - 7:41:58 PM


New Zealand

11628 posts since 6/29/2003

As you know, I am repairing my Ibanez banjo with assistence of Roger Siminoff's book "Constructing A 5-String Banjo'. It is very helpful. One thing came to mind; I have never seen one of his instruments ever being played (youtube) or come up for sale.
Does anyone here have one of his banjos and if so, what are your thoughts?

Sep 27, 2022 - 7:17:37 AM
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492 posts since 7/28/2016

I have owned a "Bacon" banjo since the 70's that was made by Roger Siminoff. It's a Bacon tenor pot that he constructed a 5 string neck for. I have loved this banjo but I doubt that it is setup the way his book says. Someone owned it before me and I bought it in the 1970's. I have added a skin head since my videos. I'm not very good on the banjo but it you search on Youtube there are a couple of videos from a bunch of years ago. There are a couple of videos where I play other banjos but the older ones I'm using the Bacon from him.

Sep 27, 2022 - 9:15:58 AM

710 posts since 11/21/2018

Not a completely built by Roger, but, I have a pot and top tension parts sold by Siminoff in ''79. I believe the rim is made by him but my tone ring turned out to be 5 Star Stewart MacDonald (a GREAT ring as it turned out). Roger got metal parts from Liberty Banjo (and possibly others) and often used a tone ring made by a local Folk store proprietor. (Search my threads. I received a lot of info. there). I've had and played this Siminoff sold instrument for 43 years and won't part with it. (Still managing to sound like a beginner :-) Either Roger didn't sell necks at that point separately (I was building) or else I already had the one I used until
I recently had a wonderful .neck built for it by Rob Bishline.

Oct 4, 2022 - 11:33:02 AM

76890 posts since 5/9/2007

Was the "jelly roll" rim from Roger?

Oct 6, 2022 - 12:56:04 PM

76890 posts since 5/9/2007

That rim might have been made by Ty Piper...

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