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Posted September 25, 2002
Just finished making my first banjo using this book, and really enjoyed it. However, if you try this, don't expect to save any money. The book says you'll invest around $100, but it was written several years back. By the time you buy the head and all the hardware, you're probably looking at around $200-300. At that price you can buy a decent beginner banjo from several dealers over the net. Also, I was really glad I already had a couple of functioning banjos to use as a reference. My woodworking skills are nothing exceptional. I used a scroll saw, and made my rim using the 'pie' technique. The author recommends trimming the rim using a metal lathe. I got fairly good results by trimming each layer using my router. Best of all, after I finished this, I'm not as afraid to do some simple repair work on my banjos. You might also find the Foxfire - vol 3 intersting, to see how they do it in the hills. However, the Foxfire book is very skimpy on details.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.