Stolen Banjo Alert

by | 17 Apr, 2010

Our friend and regular jammer, Kenn Sharples from up in Queensland has had 2 extremely valuable banjos stolen from his home in New Farm in Brisbane.

This happened 3 nights ago, while Kenn and Fay were asleep at their home. Kenn also lost a number of other valuable items including a computer. One of the banjos was his beloved Bellbird banjo (details below) and the second was a very rare 1918 Paragon 5-string banjo. Both banjos are very distinctive instruments.

Bellbird Banjo:

  • Hemony Model, very dark mahogany stain
  • Radiussed fingerboard, wider than  standard neck
  • Concentric rings on back of  resonator
  • Distinctive Bellbird shape peghead  and inlays
  • Bound headstock in ivoroid with  pinstripe
  • “Kenn Sharples” engraved clearly  engraved on pearl truss rod cover.

We don’t have a specific description for the Paragon banjo at this stage but one is on the way. These are quite distinctive and thus will be difficult for the thieves to sell.

Please keep an eye out for these banjos, and notify us here if you see or hear of anything.

Sadly also for Kenn, his mother passed away the next day and he has had to head off to Rockhampton for the week. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy to Kenn and Fay for the passing of his mother.