Alfred A. Farland began building banjos in New York City in 1890. His highly prized instruments are a superb example of turn-of-the-century artistry and were the favorites of the late, great John Hartford. The exquisite appointments of this fine example include inlays of mother-of-pearl, abalone, and snail shell in Victorian style designs on the fret board and both the front and back of the peg head. The neck itself is hand select birds-eye maple which also comprises the 12 5/8" wood rim. One unique feature, favored by a lot of players, is the maple resonator, attached to the perch pole with a single screw. This allows the resonator to be detached swiftly to produce an entirely different tone.
This rare instrument is in excellent condition, with no visible fretwear, calf skin head, and corrosion free hardware. The dowel stick has been modified to achieve optimum action and playability.
The next owner will enjoy playing it or just admiring this true work of art.
$2,950.00 in the original hard case.