Thank you to the following sponsors for generously supporting our work at Village Productions. Please remember them when purchasing music-related accessories, instruments, books, and recordings.
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Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments carries new and used stringed instruments including banjos, guitars, mandolins, violins, resophonics, lap steels, and amplifiers. In addition to their Pro line of accessories and parts, they deal in professional-level banjos manufactured by Prucha, Williams, and Huber. Greg and Chad also carry Bourgeois, Collings, Kevin Kopp, Roy Noble, John Walker, and Martin guitars. Call them if you are looking to purchase, sell, or trade a vintage banjo or other stringed instrument.
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Mandolin Brothers, Ltd. is known for carrying a large inventory of new, used, and vintage guitars, banjos, and mandolins. Dealers for Deering, Stelling, Huber, and Gibson banjos, they also carry Martin, Taylor, Guild, Collings, Santa Cruz, Huss & Dalton, Lowden, Goodall, Bourgeois, McPherson, Fender, Gibson, National and Dobro guitars. Famous for the vintage pieces they find (1833 to 1969), call them to answer questions about any American fretted instrument including any that you would like to sell or purchase.
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Village Productions is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Since 1993, our mission at Village Productions has been to advance the positive power of music by providing affordable and high-quality music education through instructional clinics, special events, and concerts.
ARE PRIVATE LESSONS AVAILABLE?
Yes. Outside of class time, you can schedule a private lesson with the instructor of your choice. You negotiate the timing and cost with the instructor.
WILL THE NORTH CAROLINA CLINICS GO TO THREE DAYS?
Not at this time. We have a wonderful venue but it's not available on Sundays. We could begin on Thursday but our clinics are concentrated. If enough people request a third day, we'd consider it.
IS THERE A LIMIT TO CLASS SIZE?
Not yet, though that could change. Our classes range from a few to upwards of fourteen students. We offer a variety of options. That helps people scatter.
AM I LOCKED IN TO THE LEVEL OF TEACHING I REGISTER UNDER?
No. Students are free to change classes at any time.
CAN I CHANGE INSTRUMENTS?
Absolutely. Students are free to change levels of instruction and/ or instruments at any time.
WHAT IS THE POLICY ON REFUNDS?
There isn't one. If you pay and cannot attend, prior to the start of any clinic, we will refund your money in full. Fortunately we work with great people, who also happen to be great musicians. I thank them for relationships that allow us to be flexible.
I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN A PARTICULAR TUNE. HOW CAN THAT BE ARRANGED?
Email your request to us as early as you can. We'll work with staff to see if the tune can be integrated into a Song Study. Tunes have to be pertinent and popular, interesting enough to learn, and useful enough to play with others in a jam session.
CAN I SELL AN INSTRUMENT AT THE CLINIC?
Why not? Somebody may want it! By all means - Yes.
MY FAMILY INTENDS TO VISIT MANHATTAN WHILE I ATTNED METRO BANJO. WILL TRANSPORTATION BE AVAILABLE FOR THEM TO & FROM ST. JOHN'S TO THE SUBWAY STATION?
While it's a short walk from the university to the subway station, taxis are avialable.
I WOULD LIKE TO SIT IN AS AN OBSERVER. IS THERE A CHARGE FOR THIS?
Yes, there is. Charges vary per clinic and observers cannot attend classes with an instrument. Swapping of instruments between paid registrants and observers is also not permitted.
DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?
At this time, we do not have the resources to offer scholarships. Granting scholarships is dependent on us receiving tax-free contributions to our scholarship fund. We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS?
Yes we do!
All major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
DO YOU ACCEPT MONEY ORDERS?
Yes, along with checks and cash.
IF I UPGRADE LATER TO ATTEND MORE CLINIC DAYS, DO I HAVE TO PAY SINGLE-DAY RATES?
No. We will get you in the cheapest way possible, within the advertised rates, according to date purchased.
WHAT IS YOUR POLICY FOR MINORS?
Minors (students under 18) staying the night must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians must pay the observer rate as advertised. Commuter students fourteen through seventeen years of age may attend without day-time supervision, however we require written parental consent, a signed waiver, and students must be picked up promptly prior to dinner, each class day.
WHAT ABOUT PARKING?
There's plenty of free parking in Asheville and at St. John's.
I AM TAKING A TUG BOAT TO METRO BANJO BUT I AM PULLING A BARGE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
This problem is more common than people realize. I'd get out of the shipping lanes and cut it loose. Then nudge it into some secluded bay and drop anchor, or rent it out as a swimming platform. People living on Long Island Sound may pay handsomely to have it hauled to their beach for a wedding or summer gathering.
I'LL BE JAMMING GEARS ACROSS THE HIGH PLAINS TO REACH YA'ALL IN THIS 18-WHEELER. GOT ME A BUNK AND BANJO. YOU GOT A PLACE TO PARK THIS BEAUTY?
Got lots of options for your traveling motel. Just lay off the jake while snaking jimmy through downtown. Might be able to arrange a pinstripe job while you're at the show. Call beforehand.