For fun, I thought we might start a list, to see which are the most popular makes & models of Tenor Banjo, to be owned & played, amongst our members here.

As you post your replies, I'll add the name of the Banjo or Banjos you play & also your name to our list below.



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Astor: 1

Clareen: 3

Epiphone: 2

Framus: 9

Gibson: 5

Gold Tone: 3

Lange: 1

Ludwig: 3

Ozark: 1

Orpheum: 1

Paragon: 2

Paramount: 2

Poulsen: 1

Vega: 4

Majestic: 1

Majestic: 1

Dave Boyle: 1


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Members who have contributed to this list:

Dick Glasgow

Brian Clancy

Michael Walls

Patrick Mansson

Keith Whidden

Niklas Hakansson

Conor Daly

Paul Gitlitz

Bruce Evans

Ciaran Ferrie

James Donoghue

Harry Faulkner

Chris Black

Chris Hasty

Brywn Scot Martin

David Dean Agee

Anders Houlberg-Neilsen


Patrick Foose

Alan Mount

Lars 'Larry Mor' Mott

Wes Merchant

Paul Desmond

Gary Hoffman

Anne Wright

Paul Desmond

Francis Strong

Kevin Walsh

John McDonald

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Replies to This Discussion

I'm with you Dick! I wasn't arguing ; )

It's like any instrument really, like tin whistles, i don't like the sound of Overton high D at all, others swear by it : )

N.B. RE: Framus Banjo my comment: ... "its sound was exactly the one I was looking for."

Of course, that should have read ... wasn't exactly the one I was looking for.


That's a universal thing i guess, regardless of instrument, 'The quest for the holy grail' :)

Hi All,

I play a Gibson TB4 from 1924. It is a trapdoor model and sounds great. The neck is as short as I believe one can get on a tenor which makes it easy to play. I use an 11 for the E, 15 for the A, 25 for the D, and a nylon classical A string for the G, but I will try nylon classical low E string next on recommendation form Dan Compton who has two of this model Gibson.

Gold Tone IT-250

Hi, Dick.

Thanks Paul & Bruce, your details have been added.



I play a Clareen Pearl. I used to have an old East German make which was great as a learning instrument but the tuning pegs gave out on it eventually - probably not beyond repair if I ever get around to it.
Fairbanks/vega style M.


Thanks Ciarán details added!



Thanks James, details added!



Thanks Harry, details added!

You are clearly a man with very good taste! :-)




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