Mike, like Bart Reiter, has also made in the neighborhood of 3,000 banjos (whoa!). The two are famous friends and beyond banjos like to ride motorcycles together.

Mike has long loved the banjo since he first heard it as part of an old-time music ensemble "playing Liberty... full out!"

Like so many of the builders, Mike is REAL hard NOT to like. :) And as the "Johnny Appleseed" of banjo builders, he's a great emissary for the instrument and music we love.


Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Mike Ramsey is one of 38 select Builders included in the North American Banjo Builder Series. Filmed entirely on location by Craig Evans, there are four volumes in the DVD Series: Banjo Builders East of the Mississippi (Volume 1), Banjo Builders West of the Mississippi (Volume 2), Conversations with Banjo Historians (Volume 3) and More Conversations with North American Banjo Builders (Volume 4). Smithsonian Folkways has created the "Instrument Builder Collection" to permanently house the Series for posterity.

For more information or to order the Banjo Builder Series, go to: northamericanbanjobuilders.com

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