2017 Luthiers and Prizes


46th 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 45th National Flat-Picking Championships for their generosity and their interest in the musicians who enter the Walnut Valley contests.

 

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 $127,669 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 Entry fee 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 2018 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

 

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 Drive, Sea Tac, WA  98148   800-630-HAPR (4277)  www.autoharp.com

 

Evoharp Legacy 21 Autoharp -- Chromatic autoharp with 21 chord bars, Legacy body style in walnut, a micarta top with walnut chord bar assembly, fine tuners and pickup.  The Dulcimer Shoppe / McSpadden Dulcimers,  P.O. Box 1230,  Mountain View, AR 72560  870-269-4313     www.mcspaddendulcimers.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 Emajor, F#minor, and Bminor 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, 1000 Corporate Grove Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL  60089     800-877-6863   www.oscarschmidt.com

 

 

 

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

 

Intellitouch Tuner -- The FIRST name in Clip-On Tuners.  One Intellitouch tuner will be given to the First Place Winner.  On Board Research,  2309 Springlake Rd, Ste 630, Farmers Branch, TX  75234    800-340-8890     www.onboardresearch.com

 

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2017 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.  Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton,  9125 W. 82nd St., North, 
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 2018 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

 

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

 

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 814ce Deluxe Grand Auditorium Guitar -- This deluxe-edition 814ce takes a best-selling Taylor model to even greater heights. The 814ce’s evergreen appeal comes from its impressive musical versatility, along with recent internal voicing upgrades that boost the warmth and produce a richer low-end response. The 814ce Deluxe sports a trio of additional premium enhancements: Adirondack spruce bracing that turbo-charges the tonal output; a beautifully rounded rosewood radius armrest for adding playing comfort; and Gotoh 510 tuners, which feature a 21:1 gear ratio for an ultra-smooth tuning experience. This is a fantastic choice for a discerning player looking for a high-performance guitar that can cover a mix of strumming, flatpicking and fingerstyle. Premium details include maple binding and back strip, rosewood top edge trim, a rosewood pickguard, Taylor’s Element fretboard inlay in mother-of-pearl, a smokey ebony fretboard, and Expression System 2 acoustic electronics. The guitar features a Venetian cutaway and includes a Taylor deluxe hardshell case. Taylor Guitars, Inc., 1980 Gillespie Way, El Cajon, CA  92020   619-258-1207   www.taylorguitars.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 Drive,   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 custom capo will be given to the First and Second 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 Drive,   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 and Second Place Winners.   BlueChip Picks,  1112 New Henderson Road,  Knoxville, TN  37931     865-803-9442     www.bluechippick.net

 

Intellitouch Tuner -- The FIRST name in Clip-On Tuners.  One Intellitouch tuner will be given to the First Place Winner.  On Board Research,  2309 Springlake Rd, Ste 630, Farmers Branch, TX  75234
800-340-8890     www.onboardresearch.com

 

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

 

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2017 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.
Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton,  9125 W. 82nd St., North,  Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576      www.silverpearl.net

 

 

National Mountain Dulcimer Championship

 

1st Place        Trophy, $200 cash, Invited to perform in the 2018 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

 

6FHWR-E -- 6 string dulcimer in baritone tuning, walnut 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 and Second Place Winners.   BlueChip Picks, 1112 New Henderson Road, Knoxville, TN  37931     865-803-9442     www.bluechippick.net

 

Intellitouch Tuner -- The FIRST name in Clip-On Tuners.  One Intellitouch tuner will be given to the First Place Winner.  On Board Research,  2309 Springlake Rd, Ste 630, Farmers Branch, TX  75234
800-340-8890     www.onboardresearch.com

 

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2017 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.
Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton,  9125 W. 82nd St., North,  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 2018 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

 

Clark F5 Mandolin -- Handcrafted by Austin Clark in Boise, Idaho specifically for Winfield 2017, this mandolin is built with a parallel braced Adirondack red spruce top and Vermont red maple back/sides/neck.  The fretboard has a compound radius and medium fretwire with Mother-of-Pearl dots and the traditional, bound headstock has a unique Mother-of-Pearl flowerpot inlay.  The bridge is made by Cumberland Acoustics and the strings are secured by a silver plated, cast and engraved James tailpiece.  The mandolin is finished with a hand applied oil varnish and French polished shellac over a warm sunburst coloring with ivoroid binding and black/white side purfling.  Clark Mandolins,
2621 Esquire, Boise, ID  83704     208-342-4396      www.clarkmandolins.com

 

Ellis F5 Special Mandolin -- Crafted by Tom Ellis in Austin TX the magnificent tone and sound of the Ellis F5 Special is as at home on stage as it is in your living room. Appropriately appointed from the triple bound headstock scroll to the engraved Bill James tailpiece, the Ellis F5 features a red Adirondack spruce top and specially selected sugar maple for the neck, back, and sides. The custom adjustable Ellis bridge, hand rubbed Cremona sunburst oil finish, and mother-of–pearl logo are hallmarks of the Ellis mandolin. Distinct to the Walnut Valley Festival contest, this Ellis mandolin has a beautifully fashioned custom inlay. Ellis Mandolins, 7208 Cooper Lane, Austin, TX  78745  
512-442-4941   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

 

Fishman Nashville Series Mandolin Pickup -- One pickup will be given to the First Place winner.
Fishman Transducers, Inc.,  6 Riverside Drive,  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 Street,  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 and Second Place Winners.   BlueChip Picks,  1112 New Henderson Road,  Knoxville, TN  37931     865-803-9442    www.bluechippick.net

 

Intellitouch Tuner -- The FIRST name in Clip-On Tuners.  One Intellitouch tuner will be given to the First Place Winner.  On Board Research,  2309 Springlake Rd, Ste 630, Farmers Branch, TX  75234
800-340-8890     www.onboardresearch.com

 

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2017 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.
Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton,  9125 W. 82nd St., North,  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 2018 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

 

 

Maciej Lacek Master Fiddle – A master luthier and member of the Polish Violin Makers Association, Maciej Lacek studied under the founders of the Luthier School Institute in Nowy Targ, Poland from an early age.  This fiddle was hand crafted by Maciej Lacek himself.  His craftsmanship creates remarkable tone, response and projection that compliment the beauty and finish of  instruments coveted by musicians all over the world.  Outfitted with a Bobelock case and carbon fiber bow.  Represented and professional set up by  Beautiful Music Violin Shop, 925 Iowa Street, Suite I, Lawrence, KS  66044     785-856-8755     www.beautifulmusicviolinshop.com

 

Jerek Koscielny Fiddle – hand crafted in Czestochowa, Poland Jerek Koscielny violins follow Stradivari and Guarneri patterns and are crafted with the utmost care in the finest materials and attention to detail to create a most distinctive and beautiful tone.  Outfitted with a Bobelock case and a 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

 

 

Maciej Lacek Fiddle – hand crafted under the supervision of master luthier, Maciej Lacek, this violin is crafted with the finest European tone woods to emphasize its magnificent voice, and finished with the utmost quality and care.  Outfitted with a Bobelock case and a 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 Drive,  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 and Second Place Winners.   BlueChip Picks,  1112 New Henderson Road,  Knoxville, TN 37931     865-803-9442     www.bluechippick.net

 

Intellitouch Tuner -- The FIRST name in Clip-On Tuners.  One Intellitouch tuner will be given to the First Place Winner.  On Board Research,  2309 Springlake Rd, Ste 630, Farmers Branch, TX  75234
800-340-8890     www.onboardresearch.com

 

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2017 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.
Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton,  9125 W. 82nd St., North,  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 2018 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

 

 

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 with the custom inlay “46th Winfield 2017” on the 12th fret.  C.F. Martin & Co., Inc., 510 Sycamore Street,
Nazareth, PA  18064     610-759-2837    www.martinguitar.com

 

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 G-55 Custom Guitar – is a dreadnought body style with walnut back and sides, red spruce top, and tortoise shell binding.  It includes an ebony bridge and headplate with the Gallagher “G” logo inlaid in pearl.  The ebony fingerboard includes pearl dots.  This Gallagher G-55 Custom features Waverly tuners, voiced bracing and black/white/black purfling around the soundhole.  J.W. Gallagher & Son Guitars, 7 Main Street, Wartrace, TN  37183.   931-389-6455  www.gallagherguitar.com

 

Hatman Jack’s “Finest” Custom Made Hats -- One hat will be given to the First Place winner.
Wichita Hat Works, 601 West Douglas Street, 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 Drive,  Andover, MA  01810     978-988-9199
www.fishman.com

 

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

 

Intellitouch Tuner -- The FIRST name in Clip-On Tuners.  One Intellitouch tuner will be given
to the First Place Winners.  On Board Research,  2309 Springlake Rd, Ste 630,
Farmers Branch, TX  75234     800-340-8890     www.onboardresearch.com

 

Mass Street Music -- Two sets of strings will be given to each of the five finalists.
Mass Street Music, 1347 Massachusetts Street, 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 and  Second Place Winners.   BlueChip Picks, 1112 New Henderson Road,  Knoxville, TN 37931     865-803-9442   www.bluechippick.net

 

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2017 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.
Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton,  9125 W. 82nd St., North,  Valley Center, KS  67147
316-841-9576      www.silverpearl.net

 

 

National Hammer Dulcimer Championship

 

1st Place:       Trophy, $150 cash, Invited to perform in the 2018 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 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,
PO Box 167,  36613 US Hwy 70, Bennington, OK  74723    580-847-2273   www.masterworksok.com

 

~Cloud Nine~ Model 17/16/8 – This is a 3-1/2 octave, fully chromatic hammer dulcimer. The exterior trim is made of walnut. 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 walnut 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 Road, 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 Street South, 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 and Second Place Winners.   BlueChip Picks,  1112 New Henderson Road,  Knoxville, TN  37931   865-803-9442     www.bluechippick.net

 

Intellitouch Tuner -- The FIRST name in Clip-On Tuners.  One Intellitouch tuner will be given to the First Place Winner.  On Board Research,  2309 Springlake Rd, Ste 630, Farmers Branch, TX  75234
800-340-8890     www.onboardresearch.com

 

Silver Pearl -- One silver encased 2017 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.
Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton,  9125 W. 82nd St., North,  Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576    www.silverpearl.net

 

 

National Bluegrass Banjo Championship

 

 

1st Place:       Trophy, Invited to perform in the 2018 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Drive, Spring Valley, CA 91977     800-845-7791    www.deeringbanjos.com

 

Deering White Lotus Banjo --  Innovation has long been a key ingredient for Deering’s pioneering spirit in the world of banjo manufacturing. This new natural colored white oak banjo is finished in a high gloss with nickel plating and newly created engraved white inlays. The bluegrass inspired White Lotus banjo, named for its lotus flower inspired inlay pattern created by Greg Deering, is centered around the patented white oak rim that  creates a magnificently bold tone without the traditionally heavy tone ring found in most bluegrass banjos of this tonal character. The result is an incredibly birth, crisp bluegrass punch with good sustain and note distinction without the weight! This banjo ushers in a new era of playing comfort and sound for all banjo players in the future. This year’s Deering prize banjo will feature the traditional special armrest engraved with  “Winfield 2017”.   Deering Banjo Company,   3733 Kenora Drive,   Spring Valley, CA  91977   800-845-7791     www.deeringbanjos.com

 

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, unfailing quality make this instrument one of the finest Bluegrass banjos ever made which will last a life-time! Ome Banjos, 5680 Valmont Road, Boulder, CO  80301     303-449-0041   www.omebanjos.com

 

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

 

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

 

Intellitouch Tuner -- The FIRST name in Clip-On Tuners.  One Intellitouch tuner will be given to the First Place Winner.  On Board Research,  2309 Springlake Rd, Ste 630, Farmers Branch, TX  75234
800-340-8890     www.onboardresearch.com

 

Mass Street Music -- Two sets of strings will be given to each of the five finalists.
Mass Street Music,  1347 Massachusetts Street,  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 and Second Place Winners.   BlueChip Picks,  1112 New Henderson Road,  Knoxville, TN 37931   865-803-9442     www.bluechippick.net

 

Silver Pearl -- A silver encased 2017 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.
Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton, 9125 West 82nd St. North, 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 pickup a contest brochure at the Contest Registration Trailer during the Festival.

(Opens Thursday, September 14, 2017  at 7:00 am)

 

 

(rev.3-10-16)