Bart Reiter Banjos be Back!

IMG_0558Bart Reiter makes a fine, fine banjo. When I started working here a little over a year ago we had two Bart Reiter banjos in stock. They sold pretty quickly, and no more came in. Then we got one in about a month ago, and that sold in a matter of days. We’ve just received two more, and, as a banjo player, you owe it to yourself to come and try them out. The models are the “Buckbee” and the “Round Peak,” and they rule!IMG_0568

Both the “Buckbee” and the “Round Peak” feature:
-2-ply, laminated Maple rim, with a walnut cap
-Maple dowel stick
-Elite Amber head
-Rolled Brass tone-ring
-Notched tension hoop
-No-Knot tailpiece
-24 brackets
-17 fret, 3-piece Mahogany neck with frailing scoop
-Ebony fretboard and peg-head overlay
-Mother of Pearl inlays
-Bone nut
-5-star, geared tuning machines
-Satin lacquer finishIMG_0560

Where they differ is in the details: The “Buckbee” has an 11″ pot, and the “Round Peak” has a 12″ pot with a rolled Brass arm rest. The “Buckbee” has a simple, unadorned rectangular peg-head, while the “Round Peak” has a fancy-shaped peg-head with a tasteful star inlay.

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The biggest difference in these banjos, though, is in their tone. The 11″ “Buckbee” has a rich, mellow tone, with a nice, short sustain. The “Round Peak” has a brighter, slightly louder tone, with much more sustain. But really, that doesn’t tell you a lot; it’s hard to put it into words: the best way to experience it is to come on in to the shop and play them back to back.

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