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 3-1-2023
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Ukuleles, Mandolin Banjos, Dulcimers, and Electronic Tuners
1940's Martin style 1C Concert Ukulele. If you were wanting to go as Roy Smeck for Halloween, it's important note that he played Harmony instruments. But, this stunning Martin uke is era-appropriate, and has an overall luxurious vibe sure to satisfy the needs of professional ukulele players both real & pretend. This style 1C is all mahogany, with spruce braces and bound top and back with tortoise shell colored celluloid binding. The fretboard is Brazilian rosewood with 12 frets, and it still has the original Champion tuners with black knobs. A beautifully resonant, well-balanced, well-playing vintage instrument. Yours for $1,350, including the original brown cardboard case by Silbertone of New York City. Photos
1925 Weymann Style 35 Mandolin-Banjo. This is a clean and interesting piece of Weyman's ingenuity. A 9" maple rim, with clear Remo 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 $550 includes a decently fitting modern hard case. Sorry, Sold. Photos
1921 Vega Style S Tubaphone Mandolin Banjo. A very good condition instrument, that to play as intended, will need a neck reset. As these instruments are popular for conversion to 5-string, we will leave the neck reset decision to the final buyer. The neck is birdseye maple with a 13-7/8" scale ebony fretboard. The rim is a fully intact 10-1/8" Tubaphone with a calf skin head. The rim's binding is loose in two places, An easy fix for those that are handy with glue. Price is $700 and includes the original hard case in solid, yet worn, condition. Photos
1921 Vega Style L Whyte Laydie Mandolin Banjo. Like the Tubaphone listed above, this banjo needs a neck reset to be a playable banjo mandolin. But with original Whyte Laydie banjo rims being in demand for converting to 5-string instruments, this one is an ideal candidate. The 10-1/8" diameter rim has a calf skin head and most of it's original metal parts. The tailpiece is a replacement and its maker is unrecognizable. The $800 price includes the original hard case that appears to have been coated with an epoxy of some sort. Photos
Planet Waves NS Micro Tuner.
Original peghead tuner $25
Violin mount; $28
Guitar Soundhole tuner; $28
Banjo mount; $26
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 $9 per order for Priority Mail shipping in the continental US no matter what the order size. Micro orders weighing less than 12 ounces and valued less than $50 are usually shipped via first class mail for $6. 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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