PO Box 882 Elkins, WV 26241
Phone Hours; 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Eastern Time, Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturday.
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Page Updated 5-1-2017
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1920s Washburn Banjo-Mandolin. Yes, its 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
2015 Gold Tone BT-2000 Guitar Banjo. Gold Tone has made the best sounding new Guitar banjo money can buy. With the 12" rim, this banjo has all the growl and funk you need in a guitar banjo. Not a wimpy, tinny sound you get from the easy to find 11" Asian imports. The list price is $1,229. We offer this lightly used model at $650 and include a good gigbag. Photos
Our CDs are still priced at $15 each.
The New Young Fogies, Volume One. A carry over from the classic1980's Ray Alden produced LP set titled The Young Fogies, this CD shows the talents of the latest generation to embrace Old Time Music. A great mix of little recorded artists including Andy FitzGibbon, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Hannah Johnson, Aviva Speigneyer, and a host of others. A fun mix of honest & great Old Time Music.
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.
Stott Prouty; Puncheon Floor. A top notch collection of Scott Prouty's fiddle playing. Mostly West Virginia and Kentucky pieces. Scott is one of the few young old time fiddlers that understands the old playing styles.
Old Time Music on the Augusta Stage. 90 minutes of amazing Old Time music chosen from thousands of hours in the Augusta archives. This video features 26 performances of old and young musicians. Highly recommended by the staff here at SFI. $20
Banjo Heads and other parts have moved. Please click here to go to the index of heads, parts, & cases.
Planet Waves NS Micro Tuner. We stock the original peghead tuner, the universal mount, and the violin mount. all cost $20 each
Snark, Small chromatic tuner that clips on the peghead of your fiddle, guitar, banjo, or bass. We sell the black one; $20
We ship most of our instruments via UPS. Cost to ship a mandolin or fiddle 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 US no matter what the order size. Out of the USA shipments will be quoted before they are shipped.
Please call us at 304-636-6710. As payment we accept checks and MasterCard and Visa. We also accept Paypal.
Email; Occasionally a customer will let us know that the "Contact Us" button will not work on their computer. If you have that problem, please use sfi<at>smakula<dot>com You will have to change the <at> and <dot> to @ and .