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For Sale or Trade: Dixie Grand by Andy Boarman Minty Condition (expired)

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Never seen one in this good a condition.

See this banjo in action. I played it on Channel 11 in TN with a band I was with for a short while. She really cuts through.

youtube.com/watch?v=QBu0yyHqFws

About Andy Boarman

You might never have heard of Andy Boarman from Berkeley County, West Virginia but Bluegrass legends like Don Reno, J.C. Crowe, and Little Roy Lewis not only knew him they also learned a few licks from this master classical banjo player and visited his shop often for his repair work and set up.

Andy’s work is well documented not just regionally but also nationally through articles in Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Unlimited. Bill Harrell once referred to him as “the Rolls Royce of Repairmen" and Banjo Newsletter referred to him as "the Guru of the Five String Banjo."

In his prime Andy was a master luthier. He quit cutting hair and turned his attention to full-time luthier work in 1974. He put banjos together from parts and did many pre-war conversions but he also hand made a few of the highest quality instruments that he called the “Dixie Grand.” He only made about a dozen or so of these banjos and many of them wound up in the hands of his relatives after his death. Andy was not only a luthier he was first and foremost a great banjo player as well so he knew what a good banjo should sound like.

About the Banjo

The wood is highest quality flamed maple. The hardware and tone ring is of unknown origin. Five Star Tuners. Engraved inlays. Beautiful abalony binding adorns the neck. Andy expertly etched an Eagle onto the back of the resonator. I believe the bridge to be one of Andy’s original bridges. I’ve tried several bridges and this one sounds the best. Each Dixie Grand was totally unique, there are no two alike.

This has to be one of his finest and is top notch all the way. Attention to beauty, detail, and set up is amazing. Flange is almost perfectly even with the tapered wall resonator that has been painted black on the inside, all of which add to the projection of sound. Cream colored binding on the resonator has vintaged nicely. Kershner tailpiece is highly adjustable and is currently set as Andy suggested in Banjo Newsletter. As far as I know this banjo has NEVER been taken apart and "tinkered with." Many of us pickers will tell you that giving a banjo time to "settle in" and "play in" contributes greatly to it's sound. I'll be gently plucking away on this one and helping it play in for it's next owner until it sells.

You can only imagine what it would cost to have a small builder today build you a banjo to these specifications. It is beautiful without being gaudy like some fancy banjos and has had almost 35 years to “vintage.”

It has an “old” sound that I have not heard in any other banjo that I’ve played and I’ve played a few. It has gotten complements from several top notch musicians. It is powerful and loud yet also has tone. It plays very easily and has RR spikes installed at frets 7 and 9. It is really the richest sounding banjo I've ever heard. I had somebody else play it one day and I was shocked at how well it sounded when you are in front of it. I've had more than one musician tell me that it's one of the best sounding flatheads that the've ever heard.

I believe this to be the fifth Dixie Grand made likely completed in 1979. It was totally handmade in his prime by a man who cared deeply about the quality of his work. By this time Andy had been making banjos full-time for about five years. This is one heavy banjo, it is on par with some of the top tensions that I've played in terms of sheer weight leading me to believe that the resonator on this model might be solid but I can't say that for sure. This banjo will never fail you and is a good investment to boot. It took me years to find this one and I hope somebody can appreciate this banjo.

It is in mint condition except for a few small scratches on the resonator. Hardshell case included as well as all of the books/magazines in the pictures.

Check out the video for an idea of the sound. As my review of this Banjo on BHO states, this is the best flathead I have ever owned. I'm only selling so that I can pay off my car and have my wife home with our infant daughter full time. Otherwise it would be my lifetime banjo.




Price: $3,900.00 USD

Shipping: Included

Posted By: revellfa

United States, Abingdon, MD, 21009

Condition of Banjo:
Used - Excellent Condition

More Info on this Banjo

Type: 5-String Resonator

Brand: Andy Boarman

Ad Status: Expired, #39165

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