Welcome to the Improved Snowbird Banjo Co Website!
Facebook and Instagram have driven my focus to social media rather than this website, but that is about to change. A lot has been going on, and sharing to Facebook or Instagram has always been easier and quicker but due to the limited reach of those platforms because of their “boosting” algorithms, I am moving back to a “newsletter” method.
The new Tubaphone has been finished. The result was and is exciting!
It’s been pretty busy around here with every figurative “iron in the fire” all at once needing to be worked. I have posted the results of this Tubaphone to Facebook and Instagram first simply because, I was too busy to sit down and write. But now that time has allowed, here are the details of the new banjo that I built for myself.
The Little Birdie model is an 11 or 12 inch wood tone ring old time, open back, banjo with a 25 1/2″ scale length.
The name “Little Birdie” hearkens to the Snowbird name and the trademark snowy “Owl” that Jeremy designed to have a feel of a Gryphon on the old Vega banjos. Little Birdie is also the name of a song with the words “Little birdie, little birdie, come and sing to me your song” and we just think that is a perfect portrayal of our banjos.
Our goal in giving the model name is to have one banjo configuration that is easily and quickly reproducible and can be economically priced so we can get these banjos to folks seeking a banjo who are just starting out or who just like the sound of the “woody” banjo.
Neck: Five piece laminated pinstriped walnut neck, abalone fret dots, and no inlay on the head-stock. Ebony Fretboard and head-stock face-plate. Nickel 5 Star planetary tuners with ebony keys.
Rim: Block style walnut rim (although steam bent rims are being planned later), with pin-striping and ebony rim cap as well as an ebony tone ring. The rim head will consist of a Elite fiber skin head with nickel plated tension hoop, shoes, and hooks. A brass acid etched and aged company label with serial number is affixed inside the rim.
Finish: Aniline Dye stain with General Finishes sealer and clear coat.
Inlay: None. Inlay can be added later for additional cost.
Here is Snowdrop played with no sock or muffle.
***Please see our Banjo Cases to purchase a case. For the safety of the banjo in shipping, we require a hard-shell case to be purchased with the banjo. ***
Banjo comes with a Certificate of Authenticity showing warranty information and care instructions.