I have no idea! This is the question that I'm most commonly asked, and one that I still can't answer. It just depends on the banjo and every banjo is different.
Our little homestead and the banjo shop are located at the base of Buckeye Mountain, so it just seemed natural to use it as a namesake for the business. Additionally, buckeyes were traditionally thought to bring good luck... my grandfather always carried a buckeye in his pocket for this reason, and I like to include a good luck buckeye from our property with every banjo I make.
Sure! I can make tenor bridges, gitjo bridges, bridges with a 5th string bump, radiused bridges, 6-string bridges, nylon string bridges, 7-string bridges, super short (3/8") bridges, super tall (7/8") bridges, bridges with custom string spacing etc... There is a Custom fee of $10 for these unusual bridges though.
As long as the bridge isn't damaged or modified you can exchange it for another one that will hopefully work better.
I prefer the look and feel of cast hardware because it has a much warmer, more organic look and feel than machined hardware.
Bronze and brass are similar copper alloys, but bronze is typically stronger and and is a better choice for cast objects. The bronze tailpieces will differ just slightly in color from machined brass hardware, but the difference is negligible.
I originally created the logo as a pen and ink design and then our buddy Nancy Jurek digitized the design and came up with the color combinations. I ripped off an old Verve Records label for the original design, and then Nancy had the great idea to also use the color combos from old Verve record labels as well, which give them a cool, retro vibe.
I know how hard it is to try and make a living through music, especially in our current times, so yes, I do like to offer special pricing to full time musicians - just let me know if you think you qualify and I'll see what we can do. Also, I love collecting vinyl records and like bartering, so if you have an LP out, I might be interested in trading for a bridge, or knocking some money off of a tailpiece order.
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