Handmade Custom Banjos built by William Seeders Mosheim as well as the latest repair projects in the Seeders Instruments shop.
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To see what is on the repair bench, see the repairs section or keep an eye on my Instagram Feed below.

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When you're working with the old and new sometimes you need to improvise to get things right. The new tortoise binding for the 1911 Vega rim matched relatively well but the color was just too intense, luckily it's somewhat translucent. Using some water based stain I was able to make the binding look almost identical to the original by lightly staining underneath it with the right color. Never accept
Replacing disintegrating tortoise binding on a 1911 Vega Tubaphone rim. #banjo #luthier #vegabanjo #banjorepair
70's Vega banjo on the bench for a tune up. From the era of when Martin Guitars owned the name. Definitely a decent banjo of the era for the money but they cut some corners and don't compare to original Boston made Vega's that much. Especially the fact the solid ring is missing from the Little Wonder tone ring. They can sound good and play well but just can't get that original Vega sound. #banjo #luthier #martinvega #martinguitars
Whoever did the design work on this 70's Martin made Vega banjo needed a lesson in the way wrenches work....#banjo #vegabanjo #luthier
Sprinkle some fairy dust on it. #banjo #luthier
Gotta love those lines. #banjo #luthier #brass
1 of 2 for banjo tune of the week 'John Henry'. Decided to do something a little different for this one and get some vocals in. Also, decided to play it on my @deeringbanjos John Hartford model, one of my favorite banjos. It went a little long but didn't feel like speeding it up to fit it in 15 seconds as it killed the feel. Tuned to open E as John would have liked. #banjototw #banjo #bluegrass #johnhenry #bluegrassbanjo #johnhartford #deeringbanjos #deering @jdwilkes @zacpelo @dustyleeelmer @cwdean
2 of 2 for banjo tune of the week 'John Henry'. Decided to do something a little different for this one and get some vocals in. Also, decided to play it on my @deeringbanjos John Hartford model, one of my favorite banjos. It went a little long but didn't feel like speeding it up to fit it in 15 seconds as it killed the feel. Tuned to open E as John would have liked. #banjototw #banjo #bluegrass #johnhenry #bluegrassbanjo #johnhartford #deeringbanjos #deering @jdwilkes @zacpelo @dustyleeelmer @cwdean
Setup day for #038 #banjo #luthier
Back in the shop today! Not my shop though, ha! Couldn't resist extending my trip by a day to spend some time with my friends @enochbanjos and @banjopete Always wish there was more time to be had! #banjo #luthiers
I had an amazing visit with my friend @gregcadams in the Ralph Rinzler Archives at Smithsonian Folkways earlier today. What a mind blowing and inspiring experience to be surrounded by so much amazing music and materials relating to the music so many of us love and are inspired by. Thanks for an excellent tour, Greg! Always a pleasure to spend time with you and I look forward to next time. #Smithsonian #smithsonianfolkways  #folkways #ralphrinzlerarchives
It was such a beautiful warm and sunny day down in DC @carlingberkhout and I couldn't resist playing some tunes in front of our nations capital. We even got a two dollar tip from a guy, one dollar of which Carling immediately called out as a counterfeit. Sure enough, after the smudge test, turned out to be true. How ironic! #banjo #oldtimemusic #fiddle #counterfeitatthecapital
When you're bummed that you're going to miss @raylandishere in your hometown at an intimate @billsvillehouse show because you're in DC for the weekend. You make due by seeing him in DC @thehamiltondc with a brilliant opening set by @margaret_glaspy  #raylandbaxter #margaretglaspy #thehamiltondc
The rear peghead inlay on the Vega Doug Unger Tubaphone. Another original inlay from the original tenor neck I believe. #banjo #luthier #vegabanjo #inlay #engraving
A full shot of the original Vega chubby dragon inlay that a adorns the Doug Unger neck I'm working on. Doug did a beautiful job saving the original peghead veneer with the inlay. #banjo #luthier #vegabanjo #engraving #inlay
Removing the heel cap to refit and reshape for the perfect fit along with the new neck set. You've gotta be patient when knifing a joint like this. You don't want to dig into the wood or split anything. That's a 100 year old inlay we're looking at. #banjo #banjorepair #luthier #vegabanjo #antique
After cutting the dowel stick, depending on how the tenon was fit was done previously (this one was a little rough around the edges to say the least, more on that later) it's sometime necessary to bore out the entire mortise and plug with new wood. Once the heel cut is recut this gives me solid wood to re-drill a new mortise at the correct angle for a tight and snug fit that should last generations. #banjo #banjorepair #luthier #doingitright
Not for the faint of heart. Or the inexperienced for that matter. Neck reset and heel fit correction for the Doug Unger short scale Chubby Dragon Fairbanks. This thing will be a champ when I get done with it. Can't wait to hear how the big old 11-15/16
Got quite the stunner on the bench. An original 11-7/8
This weeks banjo tune of the week, 'Sally Coming Through the Rye'. Tuned my half fretless down to fCFBbC to get a low plunky sound out of the steel strings. Great tune choice @zacpelo ! Had some fun with this one and you inspired to do some two finger. @cwdean @dustyleeelmer @jdwilkes @carlingberkhout @d.cassells #banjo #oldtimebanjo #oldtimemusic #dropthumbsnotbombs

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