Over the last few months, things have been quiet on the banjo building front as I have been working to prepare my place for sale. I have amassed a great amount of junk in the 12 years I have lived at this location and I have been working double time to clear the property of items.
Unfortunately, as of this writing, there seems to be a withdrawal on part of the buyers to purchase our property and thus another problem. We’ll see. Read more… “New Shop – Introduction”
Most of you who go to my facebook page will see that I have up to this point been building my banjos out of my house…in the living room to be exact. Yes, we all know my wife is a saint!
Well it has finally come to the point where I absolutely have to move the shop out of the house in order to for it to sell. We have purchased just under 10 acres in Douglas County Missouri and I am designing my new shop as we speak. However, until the new building is built, my shop equipment unfortunately will have to be stored in a storage unit. We have had a growing interest in our place this last week and are hopeful that one of the interested parties will purchase it. So, until a few things settle down between trying to bring the old property up to show quality and sell it, and building a new shop at the new location, I am going to have to put a hold on banjo building for a few months.
I have quite a bit done on 5 of the 7 banjos I started, but they will have to remain unfinished until the new building is finished.
For those who have started to discuss with me details for custom banjos or who have already put half down, I ask for your patience as the new timeline has changed. If there are issues with this, we can resolve them via email.
So while it is a stressful time right now, I am extremely excited about the prospects that await me and Ozark Songbird Banjo Co!
Serial Number 000, this banjo was originally named the Ozark Songbird and was built for Jeremy Myers’ personal banjo. Jeremy moved to Alaska in 2014 and changed the name of his company to Snowbird Banjo Company. After a short 2 year excursion in the 49th state, Jeremy and his family moved back to the Ozarks to land he owned in Ava Missouri.
Sold to a family member, this banjo was an 11-inch custom built banjo made of walnut and having an ebony tone ring and trim. The laminated neck can be varied for desired look, but by default, will have a maple laminate to increase the strength of the neck as well as an aircraft aluminum strength rod running the length of the neck.
I will continue to update this page as time allows and I hope you will check back often. Be sure to check out my Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest.
For now, here is a demo video I did to showcase the sound quality from the this banjo using clawhammer style playing.
Here’s my Friend Dylan Barber playing
Here’s a bluegrass player playing the same banjo.