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burntstump 08 Jul 04 - 08:12 AM
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Subject: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 08 Jul 04 - 08:12 AM

Anyone have any info on Liberty Banjo's
Are they still made?


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 08 Jul 04 - 08:31 AM

There seems to be have been more than one company bearing this name. One short-lived in the mid 1920s and one in business more recently, but possibly no longer. If you put "liberty banjo" into a Google search you'll get about six intersesting historical articles about both, you can then see which is the one you are interested in.

RtS


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 08 Jul 04 - 02:15 PM

Any more info anyone?


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer
Date: 08 Jul 04 - 04:23 PM

If it is the newer Liberty they were very highly regarded banjos. The picture of the extremely ornate banjo on the cover of Mel Bay's banjo book is a Liberty. I don't know anything about the 20's version.

You can probably findout a lot more here:

Banjo Hangout


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: GUEST,Banjo1925@aol.com
Date: 09 Jul 04 - 09:37 AM

I owned a Liberty tenor banjo approx 25 years ago - purchased at Cliff's Music Store in Norwich, Connecticut. Great looking banjo but it had a bend in the neck that I never noticed at purchase and would not stay in tune.

It was manufactured in Bridgeport, Connecticut - and I believe the company went out of business (or moved?) some time in the '80s.


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 09 Jul 04 - 11:11 AM

thanks for the info

The one I am interested in was made in the 80s and is called a buckdancer, have been told Billy Connolly plays one,


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 09 Jul 04 - 03:33 PM

Any more info please?


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jul 04 - 03:35 PM

Jesus Christ on a bike, not another banjo thread.


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 09 Jul 04 - 03:39 PM

I wish I had your wealth of bountiful knowledge and never needed to asked questions!


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jul 04 - 03:54 PM

Sorry burntstump, didn't mean to offend you. I've just been reading the other banjo thread, and if you read it, you'll see what I mean! I hope you get the info you're looking for.


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 09 Jul 04 - 09:49 PM

Burnstump,

Can you describe it a little more? Is it a Tenor, a Resonator Five String, an Open Back Five String? What kind of information are you looking for? Value? Quality? What components? etc.


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 10 Jul 04 - 03:55 AM

A 5 string open back frailing banjo.called a Buckdancer.

Any onfo at all realy, are Liberty still in Business? was the Buckdancer a speciel model? Are they sought after?

Previous guest
no offence taken, lifes too short


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: bigchuck
Date: 10 Jul 04 - 09:50 AM

Liberty banjos are no longer made and have not been for some years AFAIK. I have a friend who owns one and it is quite fine. I think one of the people who made Liberty banjos is a lady named Kate Spencer who is the owner of Maple Leaf Music in Brattleboro, VT. I suspect you could email her via the store's web page and get most of your questions answered. www.mapleleafmusic.com I believe.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: bigchuck
Date: 10 Jul 04 - 10:10 AM

Oops, my bad. I just checked and Kate was the owner of Arthur E Smith Banjo Company, not Liberty. However she is a very knowledgable person regarding banjos an worth getting in touch with.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 10 Jul 04 - 10:18 AM

thanks for the info


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 10 Jul 04 - 11:48 AM

This might help a bit.

Liberty

Keep an eye on that link as I will ask if anyone has any information on a Buckdancer.


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 10 Jul 04 - 02:29 PM

thanks


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 11 Jul 04 - 04:36 AM

The link is great many thanks


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 11 Jul 04 - 10:12 AM

burnstump,

did you see the update? Someone linked a new Buckdancer by Flesher Banjos, apparently Mr. Flesher was a partner in the Liberty Banjo Company.


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 11 Jul 04 - 10:46 AM

This is from an old Liberty Catalog. Someone posted it on the Banjo Hangout Link. I don't know if you are watching that, let me know if you are and I'll stop updating this thread.

Liberty Buckdancer


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 11 Jul 04 - 01:24 PM

Thanks Steve, a great help.


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 12 Jul 04 - 01:46 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 12 Jul 04 - 08:33 PM

Liberty was a very nice little shop and I am so glad Bob Flesher is making his great banjos still. I traded a Badwin C ( that I got from Rodger Sprung ) there that they fancied up and sold all dolled out in gold and I got a Tubaphone pot with a simple Providence banjo , Mike Allison neck that I loved for years and years. . Very nice people on the north end of Bridgport on old rt 25 . . I went there with Lui Collins so it must have been 1976=77 . THanks for reminding me of this . Guy


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 04:38 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 07:30 AM

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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 08:39 AM

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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: Joe Richman
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 09:20 AM

I posted about Bob Flesher in another thread last week.

www.flesherbanjos.com

Flesher makes all types of banjos in his own little shop out here in California. Reasonable prices for the quality, but be prepared to wait a while. He makes all he can, but demand is high. I own one of his minstrel banjos , and another is on order. One friend of mine after playing my fretless minstrel banjo, said "well, this raises the bar". (He was thinking about getting a fretless banjo, and was debating between finding an original 1800s antique or getting a new one from another maker.) Bob was the most influential maker of the authentic fretless minstrel banjo in the late 20th century. A lot of big names play them, including Tony Trishka.

Bob also developed hardwood tone rings (he uses ebony). That was before the Deering "John Hartford" model, I believe.

I know this is a shameless plug for him, but he runs a small outfit, and can always use a little free publicity to keep that backlog of work up high!

Joe


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: GUEST,Bob Flesher
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 12:14 AM

Dear Banjostrap,

Joe Richman contacted me and mentioned there were questions about Liberty banjo. I guess I can help you since I invented the company, named it, designed your buckdancer and helped make it. My partner, Paul Morrissey passed away last Christmas of a heart attac in his sleep while fishing in Canada. I was a full time pilot with Eastern Air Lines so Paul mostly ran the everyday business while I did all the design and custom work. We also had some great guys and very skilled craftsmen working for us, one of which is Jimmy DeCava. He now builds high end guitars and has a web site. We started the Company about 1970 selling parts only. Later we had a retail store in Bridgeport, CT and we started making reproduction Gibson Mastertones. Eventually Gibson ask us to stop as they were coming out with their own line of "pre-war" copies. Since we were building exact copies in looks and sound of the pre-war Gibsons, we just redesigned a little and started making "pre-war" Libertys. I designed the Buckdancer and still have one. It looks like yours ecept it has inlays in all the marked frets. I use it on some of my recordings. You can hear it on the song Snowdrop" which is in my CD, "Clawhammer Banjo". You can download that song on my web site www.DrHorsehair.com I have an A.A. Farland banjo built about 1900 with an all wood tonering so I designed the Buckdancer the same way. Now all my banjos have an ebony tonering that I was developing over a period of years while at Liberty. You can see my banjos at www.Flesherbanjos.com I left Liberty about 1984 and moved to Atlanta with my job. Later about 1991, my airline went down and I had to sink or swim so I started building banjos full time. I moved to So. California in 1998 and still build banjo full time. As a matter of fact, 6 days a week.

I will be out of the shop for the next 10 days but if you have any questions you can send me an email at FlesherBanjos.com or post on this forum. It is just that the type is so little. Gives me a headache trying to read it.

By the way, I remember that Vega with the Gideons sticker on the case. I took a trip with the Gideons (the guys that put the Bibles in the hotels) to Chile in South America. They would not let me come unless I brought a banjo. I took that one. That is why the sticker was on it. I must have played Old Susanna and the Cacklin Hen to at least 10,000 students, soldiers and prison inmates. They all knew Oh Susanna.

Thanks, for the interest . Hope I could help.

Bob


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 06:50 AM

Bob

your email address keeps coming back as not found


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: GUEST,Bob Flesher
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 10:03 AM

I have been having some trouble with that one from my server. I might have also not given you the correct address. Thanks for alerting me. Try either FleshrBnjo@aol.com or Bob@FlesherBanjos.com or BobFlesher@aol.com or go to my web site: www.FlesherBanjos.com and use the email address on the ordering page. After that go to the www.DrHorsehairPage.com   If all else fails try me at Banjonutt@aol.com

One of those should work. I will be leaving tomorrow morning.

Bob


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 04:45 AM

Bob
Have used alernative email address,hope you get it this time.


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: burntstump
Date: 18 Jul 04 - 01:39 PM

Bob

Have a good trip


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Subject: RE: LIBERTY BANJO
From: GUEST,jgal
Date: 24 Apr 11 - 10:00 AM

I HAVE A 4 STRING LIBERTY BANJO THAT MY FATHER PLAYED.ITS OVER 50 YEARS OLD AND IT GOOD COND.ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS ONE I SEE A LOT ON 5 STRINGS THANKS JGAL


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Subject: RE: Liberty Banjo
From: GUEST,Thomas
Date: 04 Aug 11 - 10:23 PM

I have a four stringed Banjo Piccolo tenor/ukulele 8 inch sized with a matching resonator It is clearly marked liberty Premier and is quite a beautiful little banjo. I have been told many things about it and it has been looked at by many professional in the know banjo people and estimaated to have been made in the pre 1920 time. it has a dowel stick and many other high end features. Id love to know more about it Ive only seen one other and that was on ebay and sold for quite a bit.


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Subject: RE: Liberty Banjo
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Jun 13 - 12:07 PM

Billy Connolly had a Liberty Banjo that he used to say was the best thing since sliced bread, he featured it on many of his tv programmes
It was a fine instrument, not sure if he still owns it


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Subject: RE: Liberty Banjo
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Apr 16 - 12:05 PM

Billy Connolly had a Liberty Buckdancer, made in the early 80s not sure if he still as it or not


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