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    The model often seen in the hands of Rhiannon Giddens, and made by Jim Hartel, this minstrel banjo is a beautiful tribute to Levi Brown, a rarely found banjo maker of the mid-19th Century. Appointments include 12” rosewood/maple rim and skin head, fretless rosewood fingerboard with fancy maple inlay, rosewood tailpiece and peghead overlay. The 12 brass shield brackets, hooks and nuts are copied from an original Levi Brown banjo. On consignment.
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The following specs were provided by our repair and appraisal teams. For a more detailed description please call (517) 372-7880
  • SN 136
  • 2014
  • EC
  • Satin natural finish
  • ~25-7/8 scale 
  • 1/4” rosewood veneer over multi-ply maple rim with “ladder” wood inlay
  • 12” skin head, dated “Hartel 11 June 2014” and signed on back of head
  • Dowel stick stamped “136” and “J.J. HARTEL | FRANKLIN, N.Y.” 
  • 12  brass shield brackets, hooks and nuts
  • Rosewood tailpiece
  • Cherry neck
  • Fretless rosewood fingerboard with fancy maple inlay 
  • “U” neck profile 
  • 1-3/8” nut
  • 2-on-a-plate Waverly geared tuners @ peghead and 1-on-a-plate chanterelle string tuner
  • Rosewood slotted headstock overlay features woody flower inlay
  • Gigbag
  • Consignment

J. Hartel Levi Brown Model Minstrel Banjo (2014)

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SKU: 60U-210511

Regular price
$3,000 USD
Regular price
Sale price
$3,000 USD
The model often seen in the hands of Rhiannon Giddens, and made by Jim Hartel, this minstrel banjo is a beautiful tribute to Levi Brown, a rarely found banjo maker of the mid-19th Century. Appointments include 12” rosewood/maple rim and skin head, fretless rosewood fingerboard with fancy maple inlay, rosewood tailpiece and peghead overlay. The 12 brass shield brackets, hooks and nuts are copied from an original Levi Brown banjo. On consignment.
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More Details

The following specs were provided by our repair and appraisal teams. For a more detailed description please call (517) 372-7880
  • SN 136
  • 2014
  • EC
  • Satin natural finish
  • ~25-7/8 scale 
  • 1/4” rosewood veneer over multi-ply maple rim with “ladder” wood inlay
  • 12” skin head, dated “Hartel 11 June 2014” and signed on back of head
  • Dowel stick stamped “136” and “J.J. HARTEL | FRANKLIN, N.Y.” 
  • 12  brass shield brackets, hooks and nuts
  • Rosewood tailpiece
  • Cherry neck
  • Fretless rosewood fingerboard with fancy maple inlay 
  • “U” neck profile 
  • 1-3/8” nut
  • 2-on-a-plate Waverly geared tuners @ peghead and 1-on-a-plate chanterelle string tuner
  • Rosewood slotted headstock overlay features woody flower inlay
  • Gigbag
  • Consignment