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English Banjo Maker

William Temlett was one of the earliest Banjo Makers in England starting in London in 1846 and unusual in having 6 or 7 strings. He therefore had time to modify and adapt the early crude design and is credited with the 'suspended sound board' and a later evolution, the Zither Banjo design which became very popular in England.

Although he produced thousands of banjos under his own name, he also made for the trade. Most of his instruments were Zither-type but he did make 5-string Banjos. His son (W E Temlett) took over the business when his father died in 1904 but had already started a rival company to his father in 1895.