The Kel Kroydon Banjo Company is set to introduce a new, more-affordable banjo line in late September. Dubbed the “Affordable Banjo,” two models will be introduced at the Fall 2010 Banjo Camp North, just near Boston (9/24-26).
Tom Mirisola, President of Kel Kroydon’s parent company, American Made Banjo, says that his goal with this new project is to offer quality instruments at prices that were common 20 years ago.
“This is an exciting project for us and the bluegrass banjo community during the economic soft spot we are in. We will start with two models for now. The Nickel plated KK Standard Maple model will be a replica of the 20 year old banjo era so often talked about. The same era replica Nickel plated KK-3 Mahogany Standard will have purfling rings on the resonator with the additional option of Wreath or Reno style inlay designs in time.”
Pricing on the Affordable Banjos will run $1,945 for the KK3 Mahogany, and $2,239 for the KK Standard. Both will feature the following components:
Tom tells us that he expects to produce five Affordable Banjos every 12 weeks, so initial supply will be limited. More details and photos will be available soon on the Kel Kroydon web site.