The New New Banjo & A Postcard From Home

It’s a nice banjo, but I love my dad so much more.

You can catch up on the story with these links:

For more information on the various banjos I have played over the last 515+ YouTube videos, check our Banjos I Have Known.

Last, but not least, to learn about the signatures on the head of my Somerset S1P banjo,just repeat to yourself that it’s just a show . . .

The New New Banjo is Almost Here!

We got pictures from way far away showing us that my banjo is nearly finished!

The photos tell the tale pretty well. A banjo that is a blend of traditional and modern thinking. I love his little touches like replacing the Somerset three dot pattern with stars and bound my plain fretboard with a beautiful multicolored pattern that keeps everything Spartan, but classes up the instrument at the same time.

I can’t wait to start making music with it. There will be a time of adjustment as I get used to the bigger pot and find the right gauge of strings. – but it will be a lot of fun because, don’t get me wrong here, but this instrument looks like it has a purpose.

I can’t wait to journey with this five-string katana.

You can catch up on the story with these links:

For more information on the various banjos I have played over the last 515+ YouTube videos, check our Banjos I Have Known.

Last, but not least, to learn about the signatures on the head of my Somerset S1P banjo,just repeat to yourself that it’s just a show . . .

Alex Bondonno

Hi Patrick and Dear Ol’ Dad…

I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you so much for all you amazing instructional you tube videos. You have been a complete inspiration to me and my music.

I bought a cheap old banjo at the end of last summer after seeing and singing along with a couple of great players round camp fires whilst on holiday. I didn’t really have any thoughts on how to begin but stumbled upon your you tube videos and downloaded the How and Tao and haven’t looked back since.

I’ve recently invested in a new Gold Tone (great instrument.. love love love it!) and am playing at at lots of local jam sessions and open mic sessions here in Sussex UK. I’ve even got my first gig on banjo coming up next month at a local brewery! Anyhow I am sure this is down to you and you superb style of teaching.

In case you are interested I started recording my playing this weekend and have put the first efforts up on Soundcloud. I’m really pleased with the banjo playing, the singing needs working on still though!….

If you get time and want to have a listen with your fancy new ear pieces its at: https://soundcloud.com/user7491376/sets/banjo-bits

Many many thanks again and I wish you all the best in the future.

Alex Bondonno

Sussex, UK

Nearly Done!


The new new banjo is almost finished!

I was pleasantly surprised that the second neck wound up being made from walnut. The dark wood and multicolored binding is just the blend of simple and elegant I was hoping for. A vintage banjo pot matched with a very modern neck. I can’t wait to start making music with this beast!

You can catch up on the story with these links:

For more information on the various banjos I have played over the last 515+ YouTube videos, check our Banjos I Have Known.

Last, but not least, to learn about the signatures on the head of my Somerset S1P banjo, just repeat to yourself that it’s just a show . . .