Instruments used for the Pride of America CD

For those interested in the "gear" end of things, this page provides a look at the instruments played by the New Mules on the Pride of America CD.


Click on the thumbnail images below to open larger ones.


fiddle

German, 1920, labeled and branded "Schweitzer"
Played by Gena on Nos. 2, 4, 5, 14, 16, 17.


F. Barbe, Membre de la Société mélophile d'Avallon
Played by Gena on Nos. 1, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 18.

Played by Gena in finals of the traditional band contest at the Appalachian String Band Festival, Clifftop, WV, 2008.
The New Mules were awarded 1st prize.
Click here to see a shot taken during the finals performance.


Copy of Stradivarius, made in Czechoslovakia
Played by Garry on Nos. 1, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 18.

This fiddle was played by Garry in the finals at Clifftop '08.


Gagliano model, made by Garry, 1996
Played by Garry on Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 14, 16, 17.


Williamson Hamblen-style "2-point" model, made by Garry, 2007
Played by Gena on No. 7.


Williamson Hamblen-style "2-point" model, made by Garry, 2007
Played by Garry on No. 7.

Scroll shown in comparison with one by Williamson Hamblen, 1888

Click HERE for information on the fiddling Hamblens of Brown County, Indiana.

fiddle   *    banjo   *    guitar   *    bass   *    mandolin   *    plains dulcimer

Banjo

Fretless banjo, Mike Ramsey African Special Model. Neck carving by Abou Soro.
Played by Smith on all Nos. except 2, 8, 14, and 17.

This banjo was played by Smith in the finals at Clifftop '08.


Fretted banjo, Mike Ramsey Special Model
Played by Smith on Nos. 2 and 14.


Gourd banjo made by Andy Gribble, 2006
Played by Smith on No. 8.

fiddle   *    banjo   *    guitar   *    bass   *    mandolin   *    plains dulcimer

Guitar

Gibson L-Junior
Played by Andy on all Nos.

This guitar was played by Andy in the finals at Clifftop '08.


Gibson L-3
Played by Gena on No. 15.

fiddle   *    banjo   *    guitar   *    bass   *    mandolin   *    plains dulcimer

Bass

Kay brand
Played by Abby on all Nos.

fiddle   *    banjo   *    guitar   *    bass   *    mandolin   *    plains dulcimer

Mandolin

Stahl brand
Played by Gena on No. 8 and by Garry on No. 15.

fiddle   *    banjo   *    guitar   *    bass   *    mandolin   *    plains dulcimer

Plains dulcimer

Made by Garry, 1992
Played by Garry on No. 8.

fiddle   *    banjo   *    guitar   *    bass   *    mandolin   *    plains dulcimer