A small selection of banjos and related instruments that form part of Andrew’s instrument collection. This includes a 5-string banjo, tenor banjo, cavaco-banjo (a cross between a cavaquinho/cavaco and banjo) and a banjo mandolin. In the other instruments area there are some instruments that share the characteristics of the head being a membrane such as the sanxian which uses snake skin for the head. Modern banjos were developed in America from instruments originating in Africa and the Caribbean.

  • banjo mandolin

    An old banjo mandolin by an unknown maker. Head is splitting along one edge so it could do with replacement but as it is mainly a wall-hanger it is not a priority.

  • Canora Tenor Banjo

  • RMV Cavaco-Banjo

    The cavaco-banjo is a cross between a cavaquinho or cavaco and a banjo and is also known as a Brazilian banjo. This instrument has a built in pickup and a plastic resonator. Typical tuning is D G B D though like many string instruments there are numerous variants.

  • Samick Artist Series Banjo