Tui Band,  Libby Weitnauer and Jake Blount. RB#18

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“There’s such joy in the music and there’s joy in sharing that music with other people. There’s also joy in making the banjo as well.”

#MadeinRVA on Channel 8 News with Evanne Armour 

Posted: Dec 1, 2016 / 12:00 PM EST 


 "As a serious clawhammer player looking for a serious instrument, I’m beyond delighted with my fretless Renan by Tyler Burke. The action is smooth, like butter, with great response regardless of the playing style, i.e. it’s an instrument that works equally well for a more aggressive “rhythmic” attack, and for a more intricate melodic approach. Most of all, it just sounds great... warm, authentic and wonderfully resonant. The icing on the cake is that it’s clearly built to last many lifetimes, with beautiful construction, finishes and details that are a real pleasure to the eye. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better instrument elsewhere"

-Todd Field RB#30 

 "This is a work of art that happens to be a world-class openback. Why would you buy a mass-produced banjo when Tyler can design and build you something uniquely awesome? His design sensibilities are clever and fantastic. Take a look at www.renanbanjos.com and see for yourself. Post-modern but grounded in tradition."

– Joel K. RB#21 

“This is a wonderful banjo that I enjoy immensely,  I smile every time I look at it.  I readily show it to others, even non- banjo people, they quickly respond with admiration about the design, functionality, unique nature,  re-purposed materiel as well as big smiles when they hear it played and realize it is an great example of a gestalt experience, the the whole being greater that the sum of the parts.  I would recommend looking at Tyler’s banjos in that I think he is on the rise and this is a chance to buy from a builder who will quickly rise in the ranks of boutique builders.”

– T. Shults RB#02

"The Buzzard is an amazing banjo, and I feel very excited to continue playing it. It is very well crafted, and Tyler's background in Fine Arts comes through in his craftsmanship and attention to detail in his banjos. He also seemed aware and took pride in sourcing his building materials well, locally, and sustainably. The neck on the banjo is thinner, which I find also gives it a really nice feel - it is very comfortable and relaxed to play. Would highly recommend Renan banjos to anyone looking for a unique open-back banjo." – Libby C. RB#12