|This is another of those projects that slipped through with hardly any construction or finished-instrument photos. I'd built it with the intention of keeping it for my own, but that just didn't happen. This x-braced, red-spruce topped
instrument had a blistered maple back and ebony and nickel appointments. This instrument was so powerful, right out of the finishing room, that I removed the normal J74 strings and replaced them with stainless strings to tone it down
to where it didn't overpower the banjo. This was a banjo killer with one hand tied behind its back! Like a goodly number of my instruments, this one went to a member of the band
Aurora Celtic, Mike Broderick in this instance.