What a busy new year! I began a large custom commission batch, and as I was attempting to work on those, new orders kept coming in! Its fantastic, but it’s also overwhelming! Banjos that once had been a “luthiers choice” banjo, were “undone” to be made into a custom order. There was a lot of undoing, which is very inefficient, but necessary at the time. While working on these banjos, I am also busy keeping up with all the general Luthier work I also get in. We had just one customer bring in 20 bows at once to be re-haired, and another with 10 bows, and add to that the garden work, yardwork, construction work, and there’s just not enough days in a week!
So I am finding myself coming to a temporary solution. I am going to begin opening and closing the custom order window beginning now. So as of right now, the custom order window is closed.
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!
Well, we hope you’re doing well in your “Social Distanced” home environment. A lot of you know about my personal ideology and convictions, but I try my hardest to keep it separate from business. As a result of my frustration over current events, I’ve decided to eliminate most of the social media platforms that I am on in an effort to stay neutral “Publicly”. Currently, the only “popular” social media that I am on is “Facebook” and that is tenuous at best. I’ve removed the accounts for Instagram and YouTube, I’ve deleted my personal Facebook account, and I’ve created a new LBRY.TV account to host demo videos and other video promotional content.
In an attempt to stay politically, socially, and humanly, neutral, these measures have been enacted to avoid the current situation we are all in. Again, I have my own take on this… and it’s not mainstream so I’ll keep it to myself for now.
I have two banjos that were delayed in their production due to the “shutdown” but the work to finish them has resumed as of this post, and I have halted production for this summer. I’ll be finishing up these two in the next couple weeks and then waiting until late fall before starting production again. As a result of all the Chaos created, I’ve decided to focus on the instruments I have parts for. That means, quite a few Rolled Brass Tone-Ring banjos. With that information, I’m still estimated a year out on new orders. I was hoping to catch up this summer but with all that is going on, I have new personal projects that have taken precedent.
So hang with me as I figure out with you what the heck is going on in life… and we’ll keep on making music in the meantime!