Description

Hartel Banjos

Fine reproductions of 19th century of American Minstrel Banjos

 

James Jim Hartel has been making and playing banjos on and off since 1973 when he made a banjo for his 2 year old daughter. She didn't learn to play that banjo until she was thirty, though, and by then, Jim had dug around enough in the history of American banjos to start making replicas of authentic minstrel banjos.

Jim has had access to a vast array of surviving early banjos through the generosity of banjo history experts, collectors of early musical instruments, and museums. He has documented the exact dimensions, construction techniques and detailed characteristics of each individual instrument that he replicates. Furthermore, he continues his research and fine tunes his banjos regularly so that they look and sound as much like the banjos of the early minstrel period as possible.

 

"Jim Hartel was one of the banjo makers selected for the North American Banjo Builder Series. The Series is part of the Smithsonian Folkways "Instrument Builder" Collection .

Jim Hartel, Banjo Maker

 

 

Banjos

Each banjo is individually handmade with the finest materials using dimensions from original banjos of the Minstrel Era.

  • Joel W. Sweeney banjo c.1840
  • Wm. E. Boucher Jr. banjo c.1848
  • Levi Brown banjo c. 1858
  • Reed Martin banjo c. 1880

 

 

Artists

who've sent comments, images, and posted media playing Hartel banjos.

  • Dan Gellert & Reed Martin
  • Rob MacKillop
  • Michael Miles
  • Pete Seeger
  • Bill Evans
  • Bob Winans
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Greg Adams
  • Angela Wellman
  • Laurie A. Jarski
  • Susan Talbot Reid (Bozsó)
  • Tom Berghan
  • Skip Gorman
  • Eric Bushey
  • Alan Stuart Graf
  • Paul Draper
  • Dr. Georg G. Gross
  • David Politzer
  • Al Smitley
  • John Masciale
  • Ron Carnegie
  • Tom Piazza
  • Bob Sayers
  • Tim Twiss
  • David Swarens & Chris Ownby
  • Marc Smith
  • Aurelia Carter
  • John Wilson
  • Detroit Bob
  • Carl Anderton
  • John Cohen
  • Michael Ledington
  • Lisa Sullivan
  • Tom Collins
  • Richard Katz
  • Michael Holmes
  • Terry Kalve
  • Bob Webb
  • Lisa Godino & Chuck Winch
  • Michael Brooks
  • Corbin Hayslett
  • Paul Sedgwick
  • David Swarens & Chris Ownby
  • Michael C. Lucas
  • Robert Stohlman
  • Patrick Dirickx
  • Jim Atleson
  • Armand Thieblot
  • Peter Herrington
  • Julian Whittam
  • Jim Pentecost
  • Edwin Sims
  • Stu Weetman
  • Kirstin Lee "The Bower"
  • Cory Rosenberg

 

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