2018 Luthiers and Prizes


47th National Flat-Picking Championships Contest Prizes

 

The Walnut Valley Association wishes to thank the makers of the instruments and accessories that are to be awarded as prizes at the 47th National Flat-Picking Championships for their generosity and their interest in the musicians who enter the Walnut Valley championships.

 

The Walnut Valley Association suggests that you consider these fine luthiers if you are in the market for a new instrument.  It is through their cooperation and fine craftsmanship that these prestigious events enjoy such notice around the country and world.  There will be a minimum of $116,359 in cash, trophies, and instrument prizes awarded to the contestants with the highest scores in each of the eight contests.  We will accept contest registration until one hour before the scheduled contest.

 

Entry fees are $15 for all instrument championships.

 

ALL CONTESTS WILL BE HELD ON STAGE IV.

 

International Autoharp Championship

 

1st Place        Trophy, $200 cash, Invited to perform in the 2019 Champion
                           Showcase Concert, plus choice of three custom crafted autoharps listed below.

2nd Place      Trophy, $150 cash, plus choice of two remaining autoharps

3rd Place       Trophy, $100 cash, plus the remaining autoharp

 

Whippoorwill Acoustics A18 Autoharp -- Whippoorwill Acoustics is proud to present this
15-bar Curly Cherry autoharp with Macassar Ebony trim as a prize for the 2018 WVF International Autoharp Contest.

Hand-crafted in Indiana, this autoharp has been voiced using data from acoustical testing of the top and back woods to produce a good balance from bass through treble. This voicing results in an autoharp with enhanced bass that will sound good in any key(s) and that has a high dynamic range, good note separation, and a loud (for an autoharp) voice.

Weighing in at a little over 6 pounds, Whippoorwill Acoustics autoharps are known for their light weight, and this one is no exception. Currently set up for the key of G, I will customize the key(s) and chord bar arrangement to match your preferences. Tuning wrenches and a Blue Heron gigbag are included.

This autoharp features a French polish finish and the exclusive use of quarter-sawn wood for all elements that affect the sound. These features allow the instrument to vibrate freely so that it produces the best sound. Quarter-sawn wood is also the most stable wood, making this autoharp easier to keep in tune while minimizing the possibility of developing cracks with humidity changes. It also features all solid-wood construction, fine tuners and low, fast action. 

Whippoorwill Acoustics, 6195 N Old 102 Rd, Columbia City, IN 46725 260-249-5561  www.whippoorwillacoustics.com

 

Oscar Schmidt OS11021AE -- “The Americana Autoharp” – Create Bluegrass, Folk, Old Timey and Traditional Music magic with this beauty built to play in all your favorite keys.  A totally new chord bar arrangement includes E major, F# minor, and B minor chord bars. This handcrafted autoharp includes 21 chords, an ovankol top and solid spruce back with a satin finish, the FT600 Fine Tuning System, a passive electronic pickup, a 5-year warranty and a hardshell case. Oscar Schmidt / U.S. Music Corp., a div. of JAM Industries, 1649 Barclay Blvd., Buffalo Grove, IL  60089   800-877-6863   www.oscarschmidt.com

 

d’ Aigle Cascade SP G-D Diatonic Autoharp -- This new autoharp has the special lighter weight design yet possesses the big beautiful sound customary to d’ Aigle Autoharps.  This autoharp will have walnut harvested in southern Oregon 30 years ago for back and sides, with a spruce top, Daigle’s patented Flat Line Fine Tuning System and a springless quick change chord bar system.  Pete Daigle, 19106 Des Moines Memorial Dr, Sea Tac, WA  98148
800-630-HARP (4277)  www.autoharp.com

 

BlueChip Picks -- Revolutionizing the pick industry!  One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner.  BlueChip Picks, 1112 New Henderson Rd, Knoxville, TN 37931
865-803-9442  www.bluechippick.net

 

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2018 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.  Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton, 9125 W 82nd St N, Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576  www.silverpearl.net

 

 

International Finger Style Guitar Championship

 

            1st Place:       $3,000 cash prize by Walnut Valley Association, Trophy, Invited to perform in the 2019 Champion Showcase concert, plus choice of three custom instruments listed below

            2nd Place:     Trophy, plus choice of the two remaining guitars

            3rd Place:      Trophy, plus the remaining guitar

Bourgeois OMC Soloist Guitar -- The finger style contest prize guitar from Bourgeois Guitars will be an OMC Soloist model with Brazilian Rosewood body, Bearclaw Swiss Spruce top, solid one piece mahogany neck, and special Winfield exclusive inlay available only on this and future Winfield prize guitars.  Dana Bourgeois and Eric Schoenberg are widely credited with the re-introduction of the OM in C.F. Martin’s line, and for developing what we know today as the “Minimal Cutaway” OM body shape.  Bourgeois Guitars, Inc.,  2 Cedar St, Lewiston, ME  04240   207-786-0385  www.bourgeoisguitars.com

 

Taylor K14ce-BE Grand Auditorium Guitar -- This stunning Grand Auditorium from our new Builder’s Edition collection features Hawaiian koa back and sides paired with a torrefied Sitka spruce top. The guitar was inspired by our groundbreaking V-Classtm bracing which boosts the volume evenly across the tonal spectrum, increases the sustain, and improves the natural intonation of the guitar by creating a more orderly response from the soundboard. Another design emphasis of Builder’s Edition is enhanced playing comfort in the form of ergonomic new body contours. Details include a beveled armrest, beveled body edge treatment, and a reshaped cutaway that flows smoothly into the heel and incorporates a finger bevel where the cutaway meets the soundboard. This creates a more fluid path to the guitar’s upper-register notes for your fretting hand. Other refined touches include “silent” satin finish, which helps quiet the incidental noise against the guitar body, and a gorgeous new Kona burst that highlights the natural beauty of the figured koa back and sides. Inset koa/paua top and back trim adds a beautiful sparkle that complements the new spring Vine fretboard inlay. In every way, this K14ce acoustic guitar embodies the ultimate player’s guitar and testifies to the benefits of innovative craftsmanship. Includes a Taylor hardshell case. Taylor Guitars, Inc., 1980 Gillespie Way, El Cajon, CA 92020    619-258-1207    www.taylorguitars.com

 

Larrivee LV10E Deluxe Guitar -- A premium choice for any finger style musician. The LV10E Deluxe has the beautiful Larrivee round body cutaway shape, is made with

AAA grade Indian Rosewood back and sides, AAAA grade Canadian Sitka spruce top, genuine Mahogany one piece neck, Ebony headplate with silver headstock trim with the Larrivee logo in genuine white pearl, Ebony fingerboard and bridge, genuine bone nut, saddle and bridgepins, includes the Deluxe fingerboard inlays with matching bridge wing inlays, Abalone rosette and Abalone top trim, true hand fit dovetail neck joint, the L.R.Baggs “no cut” iMix pick up system, Proprietary Feridine Machine heads with 18:1 gear ratio, all wrapped up in a Premium Larrivee Archtop hardshell case.  Made in the USA.  The LV-10E Deluxe Guitar is provided by Jean Larrivee Guitars USA, Inc., 1070 Yarnell Place, Oxnard, CA  93033
805-487-9980     www.larrivee.com

 

Fishman Loudbox Artist Amplifier -- One Loudbox Artist will be given to the First Place winner.  It features 120 watts of ultra-clean, bi-amplified acoustic power, two versatile input channels with Fishman’s legendary tone and feedback fighting controls, plus a new dual effects section making the new Loudbox Artist the ultimate portable acoustic instrument amplifier for the seriously active musician. Fishman Transducers, Inc., 6 Riverside Dr, Andover, MA 01810   978-988-9199   www.fishman.com

Hatman Jack’s “Finest” Custom Made Hats -- One will be given to the First Place winner. 
Wichita Hat Works, 601 W Douglas, Wichita, KS 67213  316-264-4881    www.hatmanjacks.com

Elliott Capos -- More than just a Capo! -- One capo will be given to the First, Second and Third Place winners. Elliott Capos, P.O. Box 362, Brenham, TX 77834 979-421-9393
www.elliottcapo.com

Fishman Matrix Pickup and Preamp System -- One pickup and preamp system will be
given to the First Place winner. Fishman Transducers, Inc., 6 Riverside Dr, Andover, MA 01810    978-988-9199  www.fishman.com

Solid Ground Stands – One handcrafted stand with carrying case will be given to the first place winner.Solid Ground Stands, 9156 E 37th Court, Tulsa, OK  74145   info@solidgroundstands.com   www.solidgroundstands.com

BlueChip Pick -- Revolutionizing the pick industry! One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner.  BlueChip Picks, 1112 New Henderson Rd, Knoxville, TN  37931 865-803-9442
www.bluechippick.net

Mass Street Music -- Two sets of strings will be given to each of the five finalists.
Mass Street Music, 1347 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044 800-747-9980
www.massstreetmusic.com

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2018 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.  Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton, 9125 W 82nd St N, Valley Center, KS 67147 316-841-9576  www.silverpearl.net

 

 

National Mountain Dulcimer Championship

 

1st Place        Trophy, $200 cash, Invited to perform in the 2019 Champion Showcase Concert, plus choice of three The Dulcimer Shoppe / McSpadden Dulcimers instruments listed below

2nd Place      Trophy, $175 cash, plus choice of the two remaining The Dulcimer Shoppe / McSpadden Dulcimers instruments listed below

3rd Place       Trophy, $150 cash, plus the remaining The Dulcimer Shoppe / McSpadden Dulcimer

 

 

 

4FHKK Custom -- 4 string custom dulcimer, made of koa wood with ebony fretboard and peghead overlays, decorative inlays, gold plated hardware, and a pickup.  The Dulcimer Shoppe / McSpadden Dulcimers, P.O. Box 1230, Mountain View, AR  72560    870-269-4313   www.mcspaddendulcimers.com

 

6FHCRB -- 6 string dulcimer in baritone tuning, cherry body, redwood top and ebony fretboard
overlay.  The Dulcimer Shoppe / McSpadden Dulcimers, P.O. Box 1230, Mountain View, AR  72560   870-269-4313  www.mcspaddendulcimers.com

 

4FGCS -- 4 string 3/4 size Ginger dulcimer with a cherry body, spruce top and ebony fretboard.  The Dulcimer Shoppe / McSpadden Dulcimers, P.O. Box 1230, Mountain View,
AR 72560   870-269-4313  www.mcspaddendulcimers.com

 

BlueChip Pick -- Revolutionizing the pick industry! One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner. BlueChip Picks, 1112 New Henderson Rd, Knoxville, TN 37931 865-803-9442
www.bluechippick.net

 

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2019 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.  Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton, 9125 W. 82nd St N, Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576  www.silverpearl.net

 

National Mandolin Championship

1st Place        $300 cash prize in memory of Johnny Logsdon by Walnut Valley Association, Trophy, Invited to perform in the 2019 Champion Showcase Concert, plus choice of three custom crafted mandolins listed below

2nd Place      Trophy, plus choice of two remaining mandolins

3rd Place       Trophy, plus the remaining mandolin

Pava F5 Pro Mandolin -- Pava Mandolins, crafted by Pava Knezevic in Austin, Texas at the shop of Ellis Mandolins, are founded on a dedication to building for the impassioned player.  The Pava F5 Pro features a distinct iris inlay, double bound top and back, bound fingerboard and peghead, Gotoh tuners, James tailpiece and an Ellis single foot bridge.  The woods have been thoughtfully chosen for the tonal and aesthetic quality.  The top is Adirondack red spruce, the back and sides are red maple.  The finish on the Pava Mandolin is a modified shellac.  This finish is sonically suited for the instrument while offering a warm look that highlights the natural figure of the wood. Pava Mandolins, 512-442-4941, www.pavamandolins.com   
www.ellismandolins.com

Collings MF5 Custom Mandolin -- A fully appointed F-style mandolin featuring a carved seasoned Red Spruce top, premium maple back and sides, grained ivoroid bindings, and a
high-gloss lacquer finish.  Custom features include a special Mother-of-Pearl “Wheat” inlay reserved exclusively for Walnut Valley Festival contest winners and a bound ebony pickguard.  Collings Guitar, Inc., 11210 W Highway 290,  Austin, TX 78737     512-288-7776      www.collingsguitars.com

Eastman MD615 Mandolin – F-style mandolin with hand carved Sitka spruce top, hand carved flame maple back and sides, ebony fingerboard and bridge and cast tailpiece.  This beautiful mandolin comes equipped with a K&K Mandolin Twin Pickup and a violin style case.  Eastman Guitars and Mandolins, 2138 Pomona Blvd., Pomona, CA  91768 
800-789-2216    www.eastmanguitars.com

Fishman Nashville Series Mandolin Pickup -- One pickup will be given to the First Place winner.  Fishman Transducers, Inc., 6 Riverside Dr, Andover, MA 01810 978-988-9199
www.fishman.com

Mass Street Music -- Two sets of strings will be given to each of the five finalists.
Mass Street Music, 1347 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044 800-747-9980
www.massstreetmusic.com

BlueChip Pick -- Revolutionizing the pick industry! One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner. BlueChip Picks, 1112 New Henderson Rd, Knoxville, TN 37931  865-803-9442
www.bluechippick.net

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2018 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.  Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton, 9125 W 82nd St N, Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576  www.silverpearl.net

 

Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship

1st Place:         $300 cash prize in memory of Dean Bradbury by Walnut  Valley Assoc., Trophy, Invited to perform in the 2019 Champion Showcase Concert, plus choice of three fiddles listed below

2nd Place:        Trophy, plus choice of the remaining two fiddles

3rd Place:         Trophy, plus the remaining fiddle

Mark Wilcox #34 Fiddle -- This handmade violin by luthier, Mark Wilcox of Marion, Kansas is modeled after a Guarneri pattern.  This violin features the best tone woods available, aged to perfection before being used with medium grained Engleman spruce top with moderately flamed maple back and sides. Wilcox’s violins are tastefully carved, leaving the small gouge markings shown on the scroll as a flare purposely to show the handwork. This fiddle comes with a pro-fiddlers set up, a Bobelock case and carbon fiber bow.  Represented and professional set up by  Beautiful Music Violin Shop, 925 Iowa St, Ste I, Lawrence, KS  66044     785-856-8755  www.beautifulmusicviolinshop.com

 

Roman Glogowski Fiddle -- Roman Glogowski is a highly regarded Master violin maker in Poland and now his violins are in high demand across North America.  This violin features the highest quality European tone woods, hand carved medium, even grained spruce top, flamed maple back and sides and maple neck.  This violin has an even balance in volume across the strings with a depth and brightness suitable for all styles of playing.   This fiddle comes with a pro-fiddlers set up, a Bobelock case and carbon fiber bow.  Represented and professional set up by  Beautiful Music Violin Shop, 925 Iowa St, Ste I, Lawrence, KS  66044     785-856-8755
www.beautifulmusicviolinshop.com

 

E. Wilfer V60 Fiddle -- This violin is handcrafted in Germany under the guidance of the Wilfer family using their four generations of luthier experience.  It is made using Wilfer’s supply of high-quality seasoned tone wood with excellent attention to detail.  Fully carved spruce top and nicely flamed maple back and sides are hand-varnished in an attractive antiqued finish.  Wilfer violins deliver a clear and balanced tone with good response and excellent playability. This fiddle comes with a pro-fiddlers’ set up, a Bobelock case and carbon fiber bow.  Represented and professional set up by Beautiful Music Violin Shop, 925 Iowa St, Ste I,
Lawrence, KS  66044     785-856-8755   www.beautifulmusicviolinshop.com

 

Fishman Concert Series Violin Pickup -- One pickup will be given to the First Place winner.
Fishman Transducers, Inc., 6 Riverside Dr, Andover, MA 01810 978-988-9199
www.fishman.com

BlueChip Pick -- Revolutionizing the pick industry! One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner. BlueChip Picks, 1112 New Henderson Rd, Knoxville, TN 37931  865-803-9442
www.bluechippick.net

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2018 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.  Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton, 9125 W 82nd St N, Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576  www.silverpearl.net

 

 

National Flat Pick Guitar Championship

1st Place:       $3,000 cash prize in memory of Brian Redford by the Redford family, Invited to perform in the 2019 Champion Showcase Concert, Trophy, plus choice of three guitars listed below.

2nd Place:     Trophy, plus choice of two remaining guitars

3rd Place:      Trophy plus the remaining guitar

 

Collings Winfield Model Mahogany / Adirondack Spruce Guitar -- A remake of the famous Collings Clarence White model, this Dreadnought has mahogany back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, custom neck and bridge, tortoise fingerboard binding, ebony headstock overlay with Collings custom “Wheat” inlay, large sound hole and CW (Dalmation) pickguard.  Collings Guitar, Inc., 11210 W Hwy 290,  Austin TX,  78737   512-288-7776  www.collingsguitars.com

 

Gallagher Doc Watson Model Guitar -- Designed with the help of Doc Watson and his son, Merle Watson, this is by far the most recognized and iconic Gallagher Guitar.  With mahogany back and sides, a Sitka spruce top, herringbone trim, 1-3/4” neck with jumbo frets, and a tone that will please the most serious of flat pickers, you can’t go wrong with choosing this guitar. J.W. Gallagher & Son Guitars, Belt Buckle, TN  931-205-4955   www.gallagherguitar.com

 

Martin D-41 Custom Guitar -- The D-41, first prototyped in 1969, is a beautifully-inlaid pearl-bordered Martin Dreadnought priced significantly below Martin’s top-of the-line D-45. Visually, the D-41 shares much of the D-45’s face view appointments but skip the extra inlay around the back and sides as well as around the tongue of the fingerboard. Tonally, however, the two models are identical, with strong resonant basses and crisp brilliant trebles. Constructed with delicately scalloped bracing and Martin’s highest grade of tone woods (East Indian rosewood for the back and sides and Sitka spruce for the soundboard), the D-41 is an ideal songwriting tool, a stage or studio guitar with plenty of flash, and a perfect tonal instrument for accompaniment of the human voice. As in years past, The winner of this guitar will be reminded of his accomplishments with the custom inlay “Walnut Valley 47th 2018” on the 12th fret.  C.F. Martin & Co., Inc., 510 Sycamore St, Nazareth, PA  18064  610-759-2837  www.martinguitar.com

 

Hatman Jack’s “Finest” Custom Made Hats -- One hat will be given to the First Place winner.  Wichita Hat Works, 601 W Douglas St, Wichita, KS 67213  316-264-4881  www.hatmanjacks.com

 

Fishman Rare Earth Humbucking Soundhole Pickup -- One pickup will be given to the First Place winner. Fishman Transducers, Inc., 6 Riverside Dr, Andover, MA 01810  978-988-9199  www.fishman.com

 

Solid Ground Stands – One handcrafted stand with carrying case will be given to the first place winner.Solid Ground Stands, 9156 E 37th Court, Tulsa, OK  74145   info@solidgroundstands.com   www.solidgroundstands.com

 

Elliott Capos -- More than just a Capo! -- One custom capo will be given to the First, Second and Third Place winners.  Elliott Capos, P.O. Box 362, Brenham, TX 77833  979-421-9393  www.elliottcapo.com

 

Mass Street Music -- Two sets of strings will be given to each of the five finalists.  Mass Street Music, 1347 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044  800-747-9980  www.massstreetmusic.com

 

BlueChip Pick -- Revolutionizing the pick industry!  One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner. BlueChip Picks, 1112 New Henderson Rd, Knoxville, TN 37931 
865-803-9442  www.bluechippick.net

 

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2019 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.  Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton, 9125 W 82nd St N, Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576  www.silverpearl.net

 

National Hammer Dulcimer Championship

1st Place:       Trophy, $150 cash, Invited to perform in the 2019 Champion Showcase Concert, plus choice of three custom crafted hammer dulcimers listed below

2nd Place:     Trophy, $125 cash, plus choice of the two remaining hammer dulcimers

3rd Place:      Trophy, $100 cash, plus the remaining hammer dulcimer

 

Master Works 16/15 CBWXR7 Bantam Weight Chromatic Extended Range Hammer Dulcimer -- With 4-1/2 octaves range (weighing only 11 1/2 lbs.), this beautifully crafted instrument of mahogany top and back, low-sustain Rosewood bridges, exotic wood endrails plus custom WVA soundhole inlays is a musical trophy for any performer level musician to travel with and make magnificent music all over the world.  Handcrafted by Master Works and Russell Cook, P.O. Box 167,  36613 US Hwy 70, Bennington, OK  74723    580-847-2273   www.masterworksok.com

 

~Cloud Nine~ Model 18/17/9 -- This is a 3-1/2 octave, fully chromatic hammer dulcimer. The exterior trim is made of cherry. The floating soundboard is western red cedar with a black stained finish and inlaid rosettes. The rosettes are of a triple spiral pattern and are made of quarter sawn cherry ringed with a fine maple line. The pinblocks are made of ten-ply rock maple piano pinplank stock. The bridges are marked for octave and key change and are made of cardinal wood. Course to course spacing is 1-1/16 inch. A custom carrying case is included. Hand made by Michael C. Allen ~Cloud Nine~ Musical
Instruments, 5701 Stover Rd, Ostrander, OH 43061  740-666-4253 www.cloudninemusical.com  

 

Huddleson Josh Messick UL400C Chromatic Hammer Dulcimer -- This 10/15/15 fully
chromatic hammer dulcimer is hand crafted of hard maple with a natural finish and a black cherry stained mahogany top.  It features a 3-1/2 octave range and includes dampers to get that sound you’ve been looking for.  Mike Huddleson Stringed Instruments,
6622 West 35th St S, Wichita, KS 67215 316-524-0997 www.mikehuddlesonstringedinstruments.com

 

BlueChip Pick -- Revolutionizing the pick industry!  One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner. BlueChip Picks, 1112 New Henderson Rd, Knoxville, TN 37931
865-803-9442  www.bluechippick.net

 

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2018 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.  Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton, 9125 W 82nd St N, Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576  www.silverpearl.net

 

National Bluegrass Banjo Championship

1st Place:       Trophy, Invited to perform in the 2019 Champion Showcase Concert, plus choice of three custom crafted banjos listed below.

2nd Place:     Trophy, plus choice of the two remaining banjos

3rd Place:      Trophy, plus the remaining banjo.

 

 

Ome Megatone Bluegrass Banjo -- Ome Banjos’ Bluegrass model featuring real Rosewood or Ebony overlays including super fast hand-filed and shaped nickel-silver frets; real Mother-of-Pearl and Abalone inlays; Ivoroid bindings; 4:1 Planetary geared tuners; Ome’s bronze Flathead tone ring, zinc flange, brass arm rest and tailpiece; select air-dried hardwoods hand-stained and finished with lacquer; hand-engraved arm rest and tailpiece; and solid Ome-made brass hardware. This banjo is one of roughly 150 banjos to be hand-built this year by Rich Sharples and Gustavo Silva. All Ome Megatones offer the most sought after features of contemporary Prewar Flathead banjos while adding improvements in materials, workmanship and design.  Exceptional tone, superb playability and unfailing quality make this instrument one of the finest Bluegrass banjos ever made which will last a life-time! Ome Banjos, 5680 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO  80301     303-449-0041    website: www.omebanjos.com

 

Deering Calico 5-String Banjo -- Stained in a rich honey amber with a high gloss finish, the Calico is made of a premium grade of American maple.  Crafted with the ‘06 bell bronze tone ring, nickel finished hardware, ivoroid binding, Mother-of-Pearl inlays, and taper resonator side walls, the Calico is a powerful banjo with a distrinctly bright, sparkling tone.  The glued in frets give stability to the ebony fingerboard and allow the player an unparalleled note distinction.  Whether you are a powerful bluegrass player or want to play in a delicate melodic style, the Calico will rise to the occasion to give you greater musicality for your efforts.  Deering has added an engraved armrest saying “Winfield 2017” to let the world know you have been chosen as one of the best banjo players in the world of banjo. Deering Banjo Company, 3733 Kenora Dr, Spring Valley, CA 91977     800-845-7791    www.deeringbanjos.com

 

Nechville Renaissance Vintage Banjo -- The new Renaissance Vintage combines the finest time tested materials with Nechville’s cutting edge design and playability benefits.  Premium Honduras Mahogany neck and resonator, ivoroid binding with decorative strip, ebony peghead veneer, antique rosewood compound radius fingerboard with hidden 5th String Fret Roller, Gaphtec Nut, RB3 style inlay, polished nickel Corona Heli-Mount frame with Pro Cyclotronic Tone Ring, 3 play Maple rim and Enterprise compensated Bridge.  It comes with a hardshell case, Winfield commemorative truss rod cover and lifetime warranty.  Nechville Banjos,
9700 Humbdolt Ave S, Blooming MN  55431   747-222-6567   www.nechville.com

 

Fishman Rare Earth Banjo Pickup -- One pickup will be given to the First Place winner. 
Fishman Transducers, Inc., 6 Riverside Dr, Andover, MA 01810   978-988-9199
www.fishman.com

Solid Ground Stands – One handcrafted stand with carrying case will be given to the first place winner.Solid Ground Stands, 9156 E 37th Court, Tulsa, OK  74145   info@solidgroundstands.com   www.solidgroundstands.com

Elliott Capos -- More than just a Capo! -- One custom capo will be given to the First, Second and Third Place winners.   Elliott Capos,  P.O. Box 362,  Brenham, TX  77834    979-421-9393
www.elliottcapo.com

 

Mass Street Music -- Two sets of strings will be given to each of the five finalists.
Mass Street Music,  1347 Massachusetts St,  Lawrence, KS 66044  800-747-9980
www.massstreetmusic.com

 

BlueChip Pick -- Revolutionizing the pick industry!  One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner.   BlueChip Picks,  1112 New Henderson Rd,  Knoxville, TN 37931
865-803-9442   www.bluechippick.net

 

Silver Pearl -- A silver encased 2018 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.  Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton, 9125 W 82nd St N, Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576    www.silverpearl.net

 

 

Contestants must have a valid wristband for the day of the contest in order to gain admittance to the Festival grounds.

 

For a copy of the contest rules, write to:

Walnut Valley Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 245

Winfield, KS 67156

 

Or call the WVA office at 620-221-3250

 

You may also pick up a contest brochure at the Contest Registration Trailer during the Festival.

(Opens Thursday, September 13, 2018  at 7:00 am)

 

 

(rev.4-20-18)