Bellbird Banjos are constructed by Peter Nahuysen in Brisbane Australia, Ross Nickerson and Peter Nahuysen teamed up in 2008 to help make these beautiful banjos available in the United States and around the world. Peter Nahuysen made a signature model banjo for Ross called Nick Kick and presented it to him at the first ever "Australian Banjo Conference". Peter and Ross began the banjo teaching conference in 2008 and it has operated successfully for 7 years.
The "Nick Kick" is beautiful banjo made from African Mahogany. I never heard a banjo with such a crack to it. It has a specially designed lighter tone ring and hardware which reduces the weight considerably but does not affect the tone, in fact it has a lot of punch and volume.
Notes from luthier Peter Nahuysen
I worked on the Nick Kick model with Ross for 2 years and this is no ordinary banjo. Ross loves the sweeter tone of mahogany but he was after a banjo that really had that “crack” that every player is looking for, but without sacrificing superb tone. The answer was to use a very special timber, a type of African Mahogany. It possesses incredible power, clarity and tone. The precision made block pot and neck are made from the same piece of timber which enhances the harmonic qualities of this instrument. Top it off with our own special light weight “Classica” tone ring and light alloy parts and you have the complete package that you can play all night long. The Nick Kick is a magnificent banjo. Peter Nahuysen-Bellbird banjos
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Construction time is 3 to 4 months
Contact Ross with questions on pricing and any special deals. Ross at his direct number, 1-866-322-6567
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Free with Bellbird banjos is the All Online Lessons Special, 1 year membership to BanjoTeacher.com and five Ross Nickerson Instruction DVDs of your choice.
There are three demo videos in tab below. They are just filmed on amatuer cameras so the sound quality could be more authentic. One is live in Australia at a show and two are at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.
Bela Fleck ordered a special electric banjo from Peter Nahuysen at Bellbird Banjos and here is a link to Bela playing it on You Tube too
The True Blue (Curly Maple) ….. $5,250.00
The Nick Kick (Mahogany) …….$4,950.00
The Larakin (Maple/Mahogany) …….$4,950.00
The Bushmaster (Special Rim) …….$4,950.00
The King Brown(Walnut) …………$5,250.00
Ulysses Electric Banjo ............... $4950.00