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SPIRIT - Prucha’s New Spirit Banjo Line

SPIRIT - Prucha’s New Spirit Banjo Line

New Technologies in Banjo Building and Prucha’s New Spirit Banjo Line It’s remarkable how things have changed over the past forty years. I was fifteen when I made my first banjo. Imagine the entire drawing process back then—pencil, paper, carbon paper, tracing paper…many times over and over. Today we have computers and modelling programs—you don’t even have to measure, you can just send your files to CNC [computer controlled cutting], test it, correct, and resend the repaired files… I know there are luthiers out there who don’t appreciate the new technologies, or don’t even want to talk about them, but 99% of all....

 

Prewar Specs One-Piece Flange

Prewar Specs One-Piece Flange

Prucha Reissues Prewar Specs One-Piece Flange By Jaroslav Prucha, with help from Martin Mikulas with Donald Nitchie JI am enchanted, probably like all banjo aficionados in the bluegrass community, by the appeal of vintage instruments, and predominantly by those made in the Gibson Kalamazoo Factory in the prewar years. While visiting the legendary Jim Mills’s showroom during IBMA back in 2013, Jim showed me a prewar one-piece flange in excellent condition, which happened to be in his collection at the time. Jim pulled it out of the display case; I gave it a brief survey, and knew right away that purchasing it was a must, even....

 

POT-METAL Tension Hoop & Top Tension Hoop

POT-METAL Tension Hoop & Top Tension Hoop

New prucha POT METAL TENSION HOOP AND TOP TENSION HOOP Back in 2014 I poured the first batch of our Reissue Prewar Specs One Piece Flange (see BNL March 2015). I was happy and satisfied but also tired and exhausted, after more than a year of hard work. And when I say exhausted, I also mean exhausted financially, because the cost of the new mold that had to be made was quite high, taking into account the size and revenue of our company. I could have been satisfied, especially after we had eliminated some problems and perfected the nickel-plating process. Nickel plating, by the way, can be a nightmare, but by improving our procedures....