Nice eye-candy but, ouch, I would expect gold leaf and diamond encrusted inlay at that price!

A century on from that great expedition and inspired by the morale-boosting role of the legendary banjo from Endurance, we create the finest quality hand-made British instruments, in our own factory in Norwich, Norfolk: the first banjo factory to be launched in Britain for more than 60 years. 

http://shackletoninstruments.com/products/shackleton-centenary-zith...

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Oh dear oh dear. Mis-strung, mis-placed bridge of the wrong kind, but it's "improved".  And made "more playable" But for what music?  Sigh.   I'm no fun at all today.

"...This very Shackleton Centenary Zither Banjo has already been used by Winston Marshall (of Mumford and Sons), with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, for a very special centenary recording inspired by Shackleton's adventure which will be released very soon..."

Seriously? Like seriously?

How utterly bizarre, what is going on here?

One thing that may possibly be going on is the creators of this banjo may not be aware of the intentions of the original makers of zither-banjos, how they were intended to sound and why. The work of a maker who did understand is up for auction on eBay right now at what I think is a very good price. Vibrante Royal Alert:  http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=252565...

Russ Chandler said:

"...This very Shackleton Centenary Zither Banjo has already been used by Winston Marshall (of Mumford and Sons), with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, for a very special centenary recording inspired by Shackleton's adventure which will be released very soon..."

Seriously? Like seriously?

How utterly bizarre, what is going on here?

IMNSHO this is a very poor marketing decision.  Unless they only ever intend to make one.

Their stock banjo has been marketed at guitar players.

Come to think of it, they may not have a marketing plan at all.

This must be good news for zither banjo owners everywhere.

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