Having befriended Scottish Luthiers and banjo players it soon became apparent their was a lack of replacement parts available in Scotland. About Us This site is based in the UK and came about after a chance e-mail from the late Terry Holland’s son in law who agreed to the original British Banjo Makers web sites being upgraded and he donated a lot of the original research documents to the project.. Folk Musician, workshop leader, banjo teacher Ed Hicks is one of the UK's leading banjo players. It's the Howson that I reach for most. I have a few others, including antique banjos from some of the best American makers. I'm delighted with my Howson, it's my go to, everyday banjo. Ed works as a musician, educator, performer and irreverent folk-music activist in London and beyond. Ed plays 5-string banjo (clawhammer and bluegrass style) as well as 4-string plectrum jazz banjo. We have sourced suppliers from around the world for Bell Bronze Tone Rings both Flathead & Archtop, these items are made specifically for me and in the style of Gibson Mastertone to fit most existing 11” banjo’s. 12" cherry pot, ebony tone ring, goat hide head, brass hardware. Ed also plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, anglo concertina and… The intermediary between the strings and the head of the instrument is the bridge. But most banjo makers today use mylar for the instrument’s head, which has both a brighter tone and the additional benefit of not being affected by weather or humidity. Browse UK's largest on-line banjo catalogue; 5-string, tenor, plectrum, ukulele, mandolin, guitar & other types; also parts, accessories, repairs & set-ups The Home of …