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Jun 10, 2024 - 7:19:40 PM
38 posts since 10/30/2019

So, at the risk of re-opening a touchy topic from several months ago, I now see where Tom Nechville has 'teamed up with' Turtle Hill Banjo Co. out of the state of MD. to create "Nechville East".... So my question is - Where are the Nechville's actually produced and manufactured.... My understanding is the former 'home' in Bloomington MN is shutdown? That was the shop where 'it all happened'...... So where is it 'happening' now?

here is the link to the original 'heated' discussion when this all began

banjohangout.org/archive/395761/5

Jun 11, 2024 - 4:56:22 AM

365 posts since 2/22/2019

Good question, have you emailed Tom?

Jun 11, 2024 - 8:21:21 AM
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alprice

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1167 posts since 9/9/2005

Tom will be building in Sisters, Oregon.

Jun 13, 2024 - 8:15:36 AM

DickieM

USA

38 posts since 10/30/2019

Thanks. No I haven't attempted to reach Tom. I am a Nechville owner, ( purchased in NOV 2020). I had traveled up to Bloomington and got a 'tour' of the place..... I dealt with Brett..... great fella! I had about a 6 month wait for mine to be made... It is unfortunate about their closing.....

Jun 13, 2024 - 9:09:42 AM

667 posts since 11/2/2009

quote:
Originally posted by DickieM

Thanks. No I haven't attempted to reach Tom. I am a Nechville owner, ( purchased in NOV 2020). I had traveled up to Bloomington and got a 'tour' of the place..... I dealt with Brett..... great fella! I had about a 6 month wait for mine to be made... It is unfortunate about their closing.....


Things did seem to change when Brett left.

Jun 13, 2024 - 2:46:37 PM

2067 posts since 4/10/2005

The Turtle Hill team-up is likely a dealership/distribution, thing, I'd wager.

Edited by - ceemonster on 06/13/2024 14:50:50

Jun 13, 2024 - 7:27:06 PM

667 posts since 11/2/2009

quote:
Originally posted by ceemonster

The Turtle Hill team-up is likely a dealership/distribution, thing, I'd wager.


From the Turtle Hill Website, it looks like you are correct. They don't seem to have any manufacturing facilities, and the show a "NECHVILLE TURTLE HILL CUSTOM PHANTOM" but none of the pictures show a name on the headstock.

Jun 14, 2024 - 2:09:39 AM

365 posts since 2/22/2019

I am seeing the Nechville logo on the TH model. Do you have a pic of a headstock without a logo?

Edited by - HighLonesomeF5 on 06/14/2024 02:09:57

Jun 14, 2024 - 4:07:53 AM

667 posts since 11/2/2009

quote:
Originally posted by HighLonesomeF5

I am seeing the Nechville logo on the TH model. Do you have a pic of a headstock without a logo?


If you mean the "Nechville Turtle Hill model" it seems to come up different depending on whether the ipad is horizontal or vertical. But good luck to Turtle Hill!

Edited by - gcpicken on 06/14/2024 04:25:11

Jun 14, 2024 - 7:48:37 AM

336 posts since 4/27/2020
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So what's their gig? They don't seem to make their own banjos, just resell new and used banjos.  They seem to have a relationship with Pisgah.  The info seems to be minimal, at least to my untrained eye. They're online and sortif have a store/warehouse/whatever where you could go to see and try their stock - by appointment only.

Maybe I'm just dense, but I don't get it.

I ask because they're not far from where I live, and very close to where I used to live.

I have a mild urge to buy another open back (new or used), but could probably do just as well with the fine LeVan Super Woodie (flat top wooden tone ring) and entry level Goodtime I have (alternate tunings).

I've thought about buying another good banjo like the LeVan Super Woodie, but I don't know enough to know who/what else to look for in open backs.

I would want something good, but not great.

Sorry if I'm hijacking the thread. Maybe I should start a new one.

Edited by - reubenstump on 06/14/2024 07:54:15

Jun 14, 2024 - 11:25:09 AM
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4849 posts since 3/28/2008

What's their gig? They're a dealer. Like many other dealers for decades, they sometimes commission batches of special-order instruments from various makers.

Jun 14, 2024 - 8:00:53 PM

15264 posts since 6/2/2008

And the business was sold in the past year or so. The new owner moved it to the Annapolis area from La Plata.

Jun 15, 2024 - 7:46:05 AM
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Originally posted by Old Hickory

And the business was sold in the past year or so. The new owner moved it to the Annapolis area from La Plata.


To clarify, Ken is talking about Turtle Hill, not Nechville. Turtle Hill founder Dave Schenkman sold the business to Danny Stewart.

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