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posted 27 Feb 2018, 16:36 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 1 Mar 2018, 16:33 ]
Excelsioror Tenor scale Banjolele
Or even two!
What I have invited this time is a Chinese made Tenor scale Banjolele branded by Excelsior. Up until now I didn't have a Tenor scale Banjolele, Soprano, Yes, and Concert, and baritone, even a mini scale Banjolele, but no Tenors, (though I do have a few Tenor Banjos). Part of the reason for this is because there aren't a lot of Tenor scale Banjos about and for this reason I had a kind of plan in my mind, of commissioning Wim van der Leyden in Holland to make me one, (and I still might?) but then this one came up on ebay at a very reasonable starting price, so I had a small punt and no one else bid. The other "notch" is that Excelsior's base is very close to Ukulele Corner; I have even met with the owner, so I have had the feeling that I should get one of their instruments. support the local business, that sort of thing.

It's here!

And its a very nice Banjolele. It is a Tenor with a scale length of 424mm, and though Chinese made it does come from a different manufacturer than any of my other modern Banjoleles, (Aiersi Sinomusic I think?)and whilst it doesn't quite have the quality of a Monarch or a Kemptone its perfectly reasonable, sturdy and none of the components feel "cheap". The only issue I've had is the strings, though good quality, (Aquilas I think), were put on badly and I have had to redo the A and G strings to get the right angle. I may have to do the C and E string too , i'm not sure yet.