The Mini Banjo

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Project by dan mosheim posted 01-03-2011 04:21 AM 2917 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Happy New Year Everyone !!!

Will has just completed his third banjo from scratch .. It’s for a little kid; a present from his grandmother because she knows he likes to watch Will play the banjo at the local farmer’s market …. Treat ‘em right, I say. Get a musical instrument in a kid’s hands and it could change their life …. The second photo and the last one show the difference in size between a regular old time or bluegrass banjo (11” pot) and the mini he just completed (8” pot) .... The head for the mini is a standard size for something called a banjolele, as it sounds, a cross between a banjo and a ukelele … Shortening the scale and fretboard was one challenge. Figuring out the neck to pot angle and getting those tuners in that little peghead were others … It all works though. Will says it is easy to play and I think it’s about the happiest sounding instrument I’ve heard … Here’s a link to a 50 second youtube concert and here’s one to my recent blog post with more and bigger photos...

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 01-03-2011 04:49 AM

Sooo Coooolll!!

I can see Burt Reynolds and Jon Voit in the canoe!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-03-2011 05:28 AM

Neat! It does sound happy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#3 posted 01-03-2011 06:32 AM

Very impressive. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year.

god Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 01-03-2011 06:35 AM

I really like that…well, just a “little” anyway;)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 01-03-2011 11:17 AM

Nice job! Where did you the hardware (that holds the rings)? It looks great—one of my goals is to make a banjo like that someday. Thanks for sharing.


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#6 posted 01-03-2011 01:02 PM

Very nice craftsmanship! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#7 posted 01-03-2011 02:55 PM

Beautiful instrument and superb work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-03-2011 02:58 PM

I love the banjo and I always wanted one and also to learn how to play it. My wife and family finally gave me one about four Christmases ago but I still haven’t learned how to play it. i hope I will some day. It’s just hard to scrape up the time to learn. That’s a beautiful little banjo that Will has made there and it has a beautiful sound to it. When they bury me they’ll be playing good old mountain music. That’s an order to my family.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 01-04-2011 05:52 AM

Never seen one. Looks nice.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#10 posted 01-04-2011 06:15 AM

WOW! That’s a great project and beautiful craftsmanship.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#11 posted 01-04-2011 11:08 AM

that is SWEET. what a wonderful sound. Could have listened all day.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 01-07-2011 05:25 AM

hello everyone .. thanks for your comments …. being the proud father, they are much appreciated and i’ll be sure to pass them along to will … regarding bill’s question about the hardware, while we do get a lot of stuff from stew-mac, this particular brass hardware, which will antiqued himself, came from bill rickaard banjos in ontario canada ... beautiful stuff … all for now … to see more of will’s furniture work, click this link and scroll down … all for now … dan

-- dan,vermont,

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