PO Box 882 Elkins, WV 26241
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Page Updated 12-5-2018
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Mandolin Banjos, Dulcimers, Recordings, and Electronic Tuners
2001 McSpadden T34W 4-string lap Dulcimer. After stringing up this charming McSpadden dulcimer and running through a few delicate bars of "Liza Jane," my thoughts immediately turned to "The Battle of the Gentle Bands" from Portlandia. It then occurred to me that there may well be a real life equivalent to that sketch, which features J. Mascis dressed up like a cult leader and a woman who plays a set of feathers like chimes. In short order, I stumbled upon an NPR write up of Portland's Quiet Music Festival, described by organizers as focusing on "soothecore, a new dimension of emotional, vibrant, and low volume music honoring the quiet act of listening." Now, we don't often have dulcimers for sale in the shop, but we've seen enough of them in our day to know that they are about as close to "soothecore" as you're going to get in the world of traditional music. Blood-pressure-lowering features of this instrument include its teardrop shape, solid black walnut top and sides, and laminated walnut back. It has a 28-1/2" scale, scroll peghead outfitted with planetary banjo tuners, and the 6-1/2 fret installed at McSpadden headquarters. Solidly built and pleasing to look at, this affordable instrument sounds great and is a heck of a lot of fun to play. Price is $225 and includes a gigbag. For reference, it is similar to McSpadden's current 4STWW model which has a retail price of $505. Pictures of our T34W comng soon.
1920s Washburn Banjo-Mandolin. Yes, it's loud. But there is a surprising warmth and nuance to this banjo mandolin that is rare in any eight stringed, banjo head equipped instrument. The 10 3/4" maple rim has a donut style tonering, which would be responsible for any trace of tonal subtlety this instrument has. The well-worn neck has a 13 1/16" scale fingerboard and a 1 3/16" nut width. This would probably make a really nice five-string conversion with some help from your favorite neck craftsman, but if you want your neighbors to "enjoy" your version of "Daybreak in Dixie" too, its perfect as it is. $600 with original hardshell case. Pictures coming soon.
1920's Weymann Style 40 Mandolin-Banjo. Like Will Smith's character in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," this banjo mandolin was West Philadelphia born and raised. While significantly older than Mr. Smith, this well preserved instrument has retained it's freshness through the decades just as he has. Anyway, the 10 1/2" rim and neck are both maple, and all hardware is original. The nut width is 1 1/4", and the scale length of the original refretted ebony fretboard is 14 3/16". And yes, it's loud, but it's a banjo mandolin so you knew that. $700 with original hardshell case. Photos
1925 Weymann Style 35 Mandolin-Banjo. This is a clean and interesting piece of Weyman's ingenuity. A 9" maple rim, with it's likely original calf skin head and the Weyman patented neck adjuster coupled with a one piece hard maple neck with a 13-7/8" scale fretboard. The big bonus with this instrument is the slip on resonator. Sure it's louder, but you also don't have to feel the neck adjuster dig into your belly when you stand up to play. The straight neck and recently dressed frets make this instrument play like a dream. We also made a custom compensated bridge so it plays in tune. Hmm The best of both worlds? Probably not, but this puppy has the punch to be heard in any jam session. From Jug band to alt rock this one will fit. In excelent condition and the price of $950 includes a boulder alpine gigbag. Photos
Our CDs are still priced at $15 or less each.
T-Mart Rounders. Jesse Milnes, Kevin Chesser, and Becky Hill doing fiddle tunes and originals on fiddle, banjo, and foot percussion. A must have for fans of Randolph County, West Virginis Old Time music. Only $10
Old Time Banjo Festival, Rounder 11661-0584-2. 1 hour and 17 minutes of old time banjo music played by modern masters. Includes 2 cuts by Smakula Fretted Instruments' proprietor and 2014 & 2016 Clifftop First Place Old Time Banjo winner Bob Smakula. This is the only place that you will get to hear Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" on fretless banjo.
Elmer Rich; Tunes from Sanford and Pap. Great tunes from the late Elmer Rich formerly of Morgantown West Virginia. Mr. Rich played mandolin on the original source recording of the popular old time tune Colored Aristocracy. From the Augusta Heritage Center.
Planet Waves NS Micro Tuner.
Original peghead tuner $20
Universal mount; $20
Violin mount; $25
Guitar Soundhole tuner; $20
Banjo mount; $20
Snark, Small chromatic tuner that clips on the peghead of your fiddle, guitar, banjo, or bass. We sell the black & red ones; $20
We ship most of our instruments via UPS. Cost to ship a mandolin is $20 to $40. Cost to ship a guitar or banjo is $25 to $60. The cost of insurance is extra. We will be happy to quote before shipping.
Small goods like banjo heads and other parts cost $7 per order for Priority Mail shipping in the continental US no matter what the order size. The cost of orders headed out of the continental US will be quoted before they are shipped.
We are legally obligated to charge 6% West Virginia sales tax on anything purchased here at the shop or shipped within the state of West Virginia. We do not charge sales tax on orders sent out of state.
Call us at 304-636-6710. For payment we accept checks, wire transfers and MasterCard & Visa. If you prefer Paypal, please send us an email requesting a Paypal invoice.
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