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See New COLBY Models
Breezy Ridge® Instruments, Ltd. is proud to introduce the
Colby Tailpiece for 5 String Banjo.
Early in the 20th Century
New Jersey Classical Banjo Player & Builder
FRED VAN EPS [1879 - 1960]
designed several tailpieces for his banjo and for those he later produced.
[Photo of Pete on his birthday in 1970 ©2012 Mary Faith Rhoads-Lewis, all rights reserved]
PETER COLBY [1937? - 1988]
was a trained gunsmith and
Banjo & Autoharp Player and Builder in the Boston/NewEngland Area.
He modified the Van Eps design for his personal 5 String Banjo.
By 1970 he made at least one other for Mary Faith
which has been faithfully reproduced here
for Breezy Ridge® by Pennsylvania Craftsmen.
The perfect combination of Beauty & Functionality,
the Colby presses the strings down toward the banjo head
while stretching them almost to the width of the bridge.
It creates a greater angle of the strings against the bridge
for better sound and stability.
An idea whose time has come...
New COLBY Models
We are delighted by the success of this marvelous Colby Tailpiece and almost at the end of the first production run product.
A quick detail about the Colby. It is not bent or cast but rather carved out of aircraft aluminium by a computer driven machine. And while handmade jas a lovely ring to it, there is something about seeing a CNC machine attacking a rectangular piece of aluminium and having the basic shape of the tailpiece be the result!!! There is no less craftmanship at work here than if it had been done by hand. John Prosock Machine in Quakertown is the maker of all our metal products and we are very proud of both our products and John.
One of the comments about the tailpiece was that the length of the screw needed to be longer to accomodate more existing banjos.The New Longer Tailpieces have a 1-1/4" screw length while the Originals have a 3/4" screw length.
Another comment was the wish for another finish. The Original finish is a tumbled finish, as we were concerned that the bright aluminium would scratch and be unsightly and this finish would provide a foil for wear and tear.In the images of the three Tailpieces now available, on the left is our new Longer POLISHED Finish, in the middle is the new Longer Tailpiece with the Original Finish, and on the right is the Original Tailpiece which will be available only as long as the inventory lasts.
The Original Colby 5 String Banjo Tailpiece........................................$59.95
New Longer Colby 5 String Banjo Tailpiece, Original Finish.................$59.95
New Longer Colby 5 String Banjo Tailpiece, Polished Finish.................$59.95
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