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For Sale: Prucha Maple Bat with Massif Resonator
2001 Prucha Bat in maple. The Bat is one of Pruchaís original design models, not a masterclone. This stunning banjo is reputed to have belonged to Greg Cahill at one time (though I canít say if thatís true). Exceptional original condition with very little playing wear. Sunburst finish on highly figured flamed maple neck and resonator. The resonator has a solid wood bookmatched back that has been carved and tuned to enhance the sound (this is an option for which Mr. Prucha charges 300-500 Euro, or about $375-$625). The fingerboard is flat with abalone "Bat" inlays and capo spikes at 7, 8, 9, and 10. The bindings are black and white with multi-colored marquetry purfling. The metal parts are partly polished and partly frosted, giving them a unique and attractive look.
This banjo feels great to play and sounds great. The quality of workmanship is impeccable, reflecting the fanatical attention to fit and finish for which Mr. Prucha is known. This banjo has it alló-exceptional beauty without excessive flash, outstanding build quality, and beautiful sound. In my opinion, banjo building does not get any better than this. My pictures do not do this banjo justice.
So why am I selling it? I love banjos in general and Prucha banjos in particular. I have managed to accumulate too many, so I am trying to thin my herd. I have decided to keep only one Prucha. The one I am keeping is nearly as nice as this one, but I have managed to dent it (ouch! pain in my heart). Thought I better sell this one before I dent it, too. HSC included. Because I am thinning the herd, I am not interested in trades. Thanks for looking.