Tony Pass is a machine
designer with thirty years experience. He is also a master gunsmith
and builder of competition grade rifles. Late in life Tony became
interested in banjos, and his fascination with the instrument
led him to construct an openback rim for his personal banjo.
During this process he became interested in the varied properties
of the wood he was working with.
Tony began to experiment
with various new and old woods, ultimately developing the much-acclaimed
Lost Timbre block rim. All of Tony's rims are built using
wood from Timeless Timber.
The name Keebey Schaeffer might not be
familiar to you, but he has been an integral part of Tony Pass Banjo Rims
ever since it was established in February of 2002. The fine lines you see
between the blocks are Keebey’s handiwork. He also turns rims, fits parts,
stains the wood, and does finishing work. His background is mechanical,
working in machine shops, so he is very familiar with turning items on a
lathe and using micrometers. In summary, Keebey is proficient in every
aspect of rim making. If you own a Tony Pass rim, you have an example of his
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