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Turtle Hill
Banjo Company
David E. Schenkman
P.O. Box 2866
La Plata, MD 20646
301-274-3441

 

New Banjos


5 String Resonator - 5 String Open Back

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Below is a list of new banjos currently in stock or on order. Our prices are competitive and will be quoted on request.

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5 String Resonator Banjos

Bishline Clermont; maple. This is the first time we've had this model, and it really is an impressive banjo. The workmanship is flawless, as it always is with Rob's banjos, and it has tone to match its beauty. Pics

Bishline Midnight Moon. Maple with walnut binding. Rob Bishline has outdone himself on this model. It is undoubtedly one of the most attractive and innovative banjos you'll see at any price. If you want to stand out from the crowd, this is it! As with all of Rob’s banjos, the workmanship is impeccable. And, it sounds great. Pics

Bishline Patriot. Walnut neck, with a burl walnut resonator and satin finish. Ebony fingerboard with black binding. Three ply maple rim and a tone hoop. This American-made light-weight banjo is ideal forsomeone with back problems. It sounds great, and has a little less volume than a banjo with a  heavy metal ring. Incidentally, any standard bluegrass type tone ring can be fitted to the rim, if the new owner decides to do so at a later date. Pics

D
eering Calico. Curly maple wood with honey stain. Multi-color neck and resonator purfling. Deering's 06 bell bronze tone ring. This is a very attractive banjo; sounds great also! Pics

Deering Deluxe with fancy inlays. Mahogany. Look what Deering has done; they’ve upgraded the Deluxe with beautiful and classy fingerboard and peghead inlays without raising the price a penny. This is a whole lot of banjo for the money! Pics

Deering Eagle II. This new Deering model has a newly designed brass tone ring, a maple neck and resonator with a dark red mahogany stain and glossy finish, fancy inlays, and bracket and shoe construction. This is a very impressive banjo for the price! Pics

Deering Sierra. Mahogany. Deering Sierra. Mahogany. Deering is WAY behind on production, and this is the first mahogany Sierra we've had for quite a while. Actualy we just received two of them. I imagine they won't last long, so if you've been looking for one, don't wait too long. These have the new inlay design, and I think it is a great improvement over the previous Sierra banjo from a visual viewpoint. It has the same tone ring, flange, rim, etc. as many of the the more expensive Deering models. Pics

Deering Terry Baucom. This new model features a combination of a lighter weight tone ring and Deering’s new red maple rim, giving the banjo great tone and excellent volume. The neck and resonator are made of straight grained walnut. Congratulations Deering; we’re very impressed! Pics

Desert Rose Wildrose "Pearly Gates." This is the actual prototype for Scott Zimmerman’s new model. It is made of mahogany, with a beautiful quilted mahogany resonator. The binding on the neck and resonator is pearloid. To describe the stunning fingerboard, I quote an email from Scott: "The fingerboard is a full 1/8 inch thick cast acrylic resin backed by hardwood, it offers stability over either rosewood or ebony and offers stability, longer life and durability FAR surpassing the cheap plastic .040 inch thick drum covering offered by other makers with a pearl type fingerboard. The fingerboard designs are hand engraved by master engraver Wayne Holcombe." Whoever buys this will not only get an attention-grabbing banjo, but also one with great tone. And, of course, from a quality standpoint it doesn't get any better than this. As a bonus, because it is a prototype it is an instant collectible! -- Pics

Nechville Classic DLX. Maple. If you love the playability and tone of a Phantom but want a more traditional look, here it is. It has a radiused fingerboard with a regular 5th string peg, and Nechville's cyclotronic tone ring. Pics

Nechville Classic Deluxe with sapele neck and mahogany resonator. This is the perfect banjo for someone who loves the unique Nechville construction, but wants a more traditional appearance than the Phantom. It has a radiused fingerboard with a regular 5th string peg, and Nechville's cyclotronic tone ring. We love the look of the sapele wood! Pics

Nechville Diamond Joe Phantom in maple. This, Nechville's latest model, features Diamond Blossom inlay and diamond purfling on the neck and resonator. It has radiused fingerboard, tunneled fifth string, and Nechville's cyclotronic tone ring. This is a really very attractive banjo! Pics
 Nechville Diamond Joe; maple with Corona frame. This attractive new model is similar to the Phantom, but with different inlay and binding. It has radiused fingerboard, tunneled fifth string, and Nechville's cyclotronic tone ring. We also stock it with a black frame. Pics

Nechville Phantom in mahogany. It has the popular Galaxy inlay, radiused fingerboard, and tunneled fifth string. It also has Nechville's cyclotronic tone ring. Pics

Nechville Phantom in maple. This is one of my favorite banjos. As a matter of fact, I own one myself, and love it. You only need to play one to find out why. It has the optional Galaxy inlay, radiused fingerboard, and tunneled fifth string. It also has Nechville's cyclotronic tone ring. Pics

Nechville Phantom with Cascade inlay. The banjo is maple and has a radiused fingerboard, tunneled fifth string, and Nechville's cyclotronic tone ring. The Cascade inlay is really neat! Danger: if you play a Phantom you’ll want to own one. Pics

Nechville Phantom with dot inlay; maple wood. This should be of interest to those who prefer a plain fingerboard Like all Phantoms, it has a radiused fingerboard, tunneled fifth string, and, of course, Nechville's cyclotronic tone ring. Pics

Ome Southern Cross. Made of mahogany, this new Ome model features their new HG tone ring. We like everything about this banjo! Pics

Ome Phoenix. Maple. The peghead and fingerboard inlays on this banjo are absolutely beautiful, in my opinion. Ome has done a wonderful job of selecting colorful abalone and pearl shell. The neck doesn't show a lot of grain, but the resonator is exceptionally pretty. It is a very striking banjo, and Ome's new HG50 tone ring gives it sound to match. Pics

Stelling Red Fox. Maple. Stelling is at least six months behind on production, and this is the first Red Fox we've received this year. As with all Stelling banjos, ithas a Tony Pass rim. Pics

Stelling Sunflower. This is the first new Stelling we've received in quite a while. It has the Tony Pass rim, as do all new Stellings. And, of course, it has that classic Stelling sound! Pics

Stelling Swallow Tail. Maple. This is our favorite Stelling model, and it is the first one we've been able to offer this year. As with all Stelling banjos, it has a Tony Pass rim. Pics

Turtle Hill Bluegrass Woody in mahogany. We thought we had sold the last of these, but found this one when we moved to our new location. It is new,We thought we had sold although there are two minute finish indentations on the peghead; you might never notice if I didn't tell you. Pics



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5 String Open Back Banjos

Cedar Mountain Fretless, by Lo Gordon. This neat little banjo features a brass hoop tone ring, Lo's block rim, and an attractive bird inlay on the peghead. -- Pics

Deering -- see our Deering openbacks in the Vega section below.

Nechville Atlas with 11" pot.  This new openback banjo has a great sound, and lends itself well to clawhammer and three finger picking styles. It features a walnut neck with a hand rubbed oil finish, and a block rim/tone ring, with a built-in wooden flange. When Nechville introduced the Atlas, we wrote the review for Banjo Newsletter. If interested in reading what we wrote, just email us. Pics  

Nechville Atlas. 12" pot. Walnut block rim with a built-in wooden flange. The tone ring is also made of wood. The walnut neck is easily removed for convenience in travelling. Pics

Old Fiddle Road A Scale with 11" pot. Mahogany neck, Macassar ebony fingerboard, and maple rim/tone ring. The neck has a two-way adjustable truss rod. French polish finish. Scale length is 23" and nut width is 1.35". A scale banjos are fun to play, and this one sounds great! -- Pics

Ome Wizard. The Wizard is Ome's newest model of openback banjo. It is available with either an 11" or 12" pot, and we have both sizes in stock. Made of walnut, this one has the 11" pot and a wooden tone ring. Features include aged brass hardware, frailing scoop, and amber buttons on the tuners. It has a slightly wider fingerboard (1.34" at the nut) and 25.5" scale length. As with all Ome's banjos, the quality is impeccable. Sounds great, too! Pics

Mike Ramsey 12" Custom Fretless. This one-of-a-kind banjo was made for me by Ramsey several years ago. It has never been played. The brass plate was engraved by Bob Flesher. The beautiful and elaborate inlays are engraved, and it has a carved heel. Expensive, and worth it! -- Pics

Bart Reiter Galax. Whyte Laydie tone ring and mahogany neck. This is a very popular model, and when we get one it doesn't stay here long. When you play one you'll know why. Pics

Bart Reiter Regent. Whyte Laydie tone ring. We only get a couple of these a year, and they never seem to last long. When you play one you'll know why. Pics

Recording King California. This neat banjo features a walnut neck with maple skunk stripe, dual coordinator rods, and a no-knot tailpiece. The workmanship is great, and it is a lot of banjo for the money! -- Pics

Vega Little Wonder by Deering. If you are looking for an American made openback banjo for not a lot of money, this might be just the thing. Features include maple neck with satin finish, 3-ply rim, adjustable truss rod, and a hardshell case. The banjo has a clear, bright tone with a surprising amount of volume, so it is suitable for finger picking or frailing. Pics

Vega #2 by Deering. The pot has a Tubaphone tone ring, with bracket band. Curly maple neck. Glossy light amber finish. This one has a Remo head; it is also available with a fibreskin head. -- Pics

Wildwood Custom. This neat banjo has a wooden tone ring. The neck is wenge with maple/purple heart stringers. Wenge rim. Curly maple binding, and purple heart pot cap. Very neat, with tone to match! Pics


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