What better instrument to learn on that the very one your own father used to play? This past month Mass Street Music luthier Mike Runyon resuscitated this beautiful 20s tenor banjo for customer Steve Griffeth.
Steve recently received the banjo from his dad, 91, who learned to play from Steve’s grandfather – though Steve said, “Dad has a tin ear.” Steve doesn’t play – yet – but is very excited to learn, which is why he brought the instrument to us for repair in the first place.
When he brought the Vogue tenor in, it was pretty sound structurally, but needed some cosmetic repair and TLC. The logo on the headstock had a few pieces broken off as well.
“Luckily he saved the pieces” Mike said, so a full repair was done.
Mike then just cleaned the banjo and resonator up, retensioned the head, gave it a new set of strings and set it up. It now plays like a dream. Steve’s dad doesn’t yet know he has had the banjo repaired – it’ll be a nice surprise.