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Bacon Banjo Company

Groton, CT

In 1906, Frederick Bacon, a famous banjo player, founded the Bacon Manufacturing Company in Forest Dale, Vermont. At first he marketed banjos made by other manufacturers; then he began selling four- and five-string banjos of his own design. In 1920, Bacon moved his operation to Groton, Connecticut, where he renamed his enterprise the Bacon Banjo Company. In 1922, he was joined by David L. Day, a talented designer, formerly of the Vega Company, one of the most widely known banjo makers of the era.
In today’s market, original Bacon & Day instruments are prized as collector’s items, fetching higher prices than banjos by any other maker. But the vintage musical-instruments market is often driven by the tastes of the times.
–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

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