Drawing on the time honoured tradition of bespoke folk instrument manufacturing in the Southern states of America, Tanglewood Banjos are handcrafted in authentic, period designs. This allows players of all abilities to find their perfect model, based on both specification and price point. Union series instruments are tailored to meet the needs of the entry level to intermediate player representing features and quality far beyond most instruments amongst their industry peers.
After researching the Folk instrument market further we noticed that there was a need for affordable niche products to allow the budding George Formby to hit the instrument ladder and serenade their window cleaner or the next Eric Clapton to pick up a resonator and get playing. With that in mind Tanglewood designed the ukulele banjo and resonator you see below offering great specification at affordable prices.
The Barnes and Mullins UBJ1 Banjo-lele is a charming instrument. Made in the tradition of many banjo-ukes before it, the UBJ1 is scaled and strung as a Ukulele. The result is unmistakably ''Ukulele Banjo'' in both tone, feel and appearance.
The Barnes & Mullins ''Troubadour'' is a superb burled maple 5 string banjo named after the monthly music publication ''The Troubadour'' issued and created by Mr Bowley Barnes and Albert Mullins beginning in their music-hall heyday of 1895. Along with Barnes & Mullins'' banjo-specific title ''The Jo'', the Troubadour represented the cutting edge of contemporary music news, comment and transcription.
The B&M Empress banjos are beautiful instruments named in memory of the ''RMS Empress of Ireland'''' steam ship which sank on Canada''s St Lawrence River in May 1914 with the loss of over 1000 lives. Mr Albert Mullins, who was on the return leg of a 2 year worldwide sales voyage, was one of the lost souls that day.