Building A New System

Hello everyone, I hope you all have been making it through this strange time in human history. I have been juggling work from shop reorganizing to luthier repair work to banjo building, all with lots of personal construction projects, so as usual, the builds are not going as fast as planned and I find spring at my doorstep with 10 banjos a little more than half finished. But work is progressing steadily!

Part of the progression of work is a new banjo ordering system! I began building a new “Build-A-Banjo Tool” back in November. It’s been a lot of work and I’m sure once you all try it out, I will find a bug or two I missed. However, I’ve tested the new ordering tool as much as I can on my own.

So today I am happy to introduce the new Snowbird Banjo Company “Build-A-Banjo Tool” to help you figure out what kind of banjo you want in a custom build! This tool will give you a step by step journey into building a banjo, start to finish, and at the end, it will give you an “estimated” cost. Now remember, this is an estimated cost, as part of the process, you can use the Build-A-Banjo Tool to list the items and then we will confirm this order in a proof. If you have some customized inlay designs, following the 30% of the estimate down payment, I will get started designing your inlay and we can modify it as much as you would like until its just right. Then, I will create a build packet with final pricing that you can sign off on, then I’ll get to work building your custom banjo.

I have been really anticipating this release as so much time is often involved of communicating what something looks like or what options are available. This new tool puts an image in front of you so you know what the feature is ahead of time and how it will effect the cost. Then the communication can be focused on fine tuning the details.

So, check it out, if you’re interested in a build, fill it out and let me know if anything is missing that should be included!

Cheers!

Introducing the Snowbird Barn Owl

Banjos are quite often given model names in the Resonator banjo world, but it seems in the Open Back banjo world, they are not. I’ve been planning to introduce another model to the line, which makes it easy for people to order either as an individual or as a music store, but I wasn’t exactly sure when the best time was. I’m still only producing a few banjos a year (especially this year due to personal life obligations cutting down my building time). But after having a custom banjo order back out of their order, I have a banjo to sell on my website now!

Read more… “Introducing the Snowbird Barn Owl”