Banjos Direct announces stocking of new Barnes and Mullins traditional style burr maple and burr walnut bluegrass banjos.

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Banjos Direct, the UK's fastest growing specialist banjo shop, is now stocking the new range of traditional style 5-string banjos from historic London-brand Barnes and Mullins. The range includes the burr walnut BJ500BW Empress model and the burr maple BJ500 Troubadour.

Barnes & Mullins BJ500 Troubadour banjo

Barnes & Mullins BJ500 Troubadour banjo

We're impressed with what Barnes & Mullins have achieved with their new range, particularly with the superb burr finish Empress and Troubadour banjos.

Banjos Direct, the UK's fastest growing specialist banjo shop, is now stocking the new range of traditional style 5-string banjos from historic London-brand Barnes and Mullins. The range includes the burr walnut BJ500BW Empress model and the burr maple BJ500 Troubadour.

Barnes and Mullins was founded in London 1895 by musicians and entertainers Albert Mullins and S Bowley Barnes. After establishing itself over recent decades as a leading musical instrument distributor, the modern day company has rediscovered its traditional stringed-instrument mojo as they approach the centenary of the death of co-founder Albert Mullins.

Throughout the past 120 years, Barnes & Mullins have always offered a number of banjos, mandolins and ukuleles, but in recent times, the range has been limited to fairly standard, affordable models.

Brian Cleary, B&M’s joint managing director explains the thinking behind the company's new range: “There is no doubt resurgence in the field of traditional stringed instruments at the moment, and as we approach the centenary of the passing of our co-founder Albert Mullins, it seemed appropriate to review and upgrade our offering in this area.

“Being keen to continue our tribute to our Victorian Banjo-playing founders, we have looked for inspiration from historical models, events and attributes in the creation of each instrument.”

Top two models in the new B&M range are the Empress and the Troubadour banjos.

The Empress (BJ500BW) features a walnut neck, a beautifully figured walnut resonator, a stained maple rim and a Remo Vellum head.

The Troubadour, named after the Barnes and Mullins’ published music magazine dating from the late 1800s, is a stunning 5 string banjo with a hard maple neck, burled maple resonator, and detailed antique gold hardware highly evocative of the Victorian era.

Founder and CEO of Banjos Direct, Simon Middleton said: "We're impressed with what Barnes & Mullins have achieved with their new range, particularly with the superb burr finish Empress and Troubadour banjos. They are not only very good, but keenly priced."

At Banjos Direct the BJ500BW Empress banjos is priced at £395.95 and the BJ500 Troubadour is £479.95.

The new range also includes the Perfect models – named after the popular B&M banjos from the early 1900s - which offer great entry level tenor, Gaelic, 5 String and guitar banjos. These instruments feature an aluminium rim, stained mahogany neck and resonator, and a Remo Vellum head.

The range also features the excellent BJ400 Rathbone model with a mahogany rim, neck and resonator; rolled brass tone ring and Remo Black head: a very attractively appointed 5 string instrument.

Company information:

Banjos Direct is the UK's fastest-growing specialist banjo retailer, leading the renaissance of interest in the banjo amongst players of every age and background. The Norwich-based company is the UK's leading stockist of USA banjo brands GoldTone and Nechville, and also stocks instruments by Barnes & Mullins, Pilgrim and Tanglewood.

Founder and CEO of Banjos Direct, Simon Middleton, is frontman of English-Americana band The Proposition, whose debut album King Snake Devil Shake was released in March this year. Middleton, who was a brand strategy consultant before turning to musical instrument retail, is also the author of several books on branding, including 'Build A Brand In 30 Days' and 'Brand New You'.

Find Banjos Direct at http://www.banjosdirect.co.uk.
Email: info(at)banjosdirect(dot)co(dot)uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1603 305800

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