History of JAROSLAV PRUCHA BLUEGRASS INSTRUMENTS

His addition in the shop has only server to build on the already outstanding reputation of the PRUCHA name. Jan's impeccable qualities as an artist have also found expression in his beatiful pastel and pencil drawings as well as his work on the banjos. His drawing have been so well received that he has been asked to show in a couple of American galleries. Jan is also an incredible athlete. He was champion of the Czech Republic for one year of the 400 meter sprint and was 3rd for two years.

Unique to banjo manufacturing, PRUCHA BLUEGRASS INSTRUMENTS is the only company to completely produce all the parts of their hardware for the banjo in its own workshop. When Jaroslav began to build his banjos, the metal banjo parts were not to be found so he had to make his own. As the years passed, he perfected the quality and production so much, that now PRUCHA banjo parts are used by every major banjo manufacturer around the world. If your instrument has a different company's name on the headstock, chances are that the metal parts are PRUCHA made.

PRUCHA BLUEGRASS INSTRUMENTS are endorsed by professional player in the Czech Republic as well as in US. Luboš Malina from the Druhá Tráva Band and Jiří Klement from the Vabank Unit band both play a PRUCHA banjo. Dalibor Cidlinský, Sváťa Kotas and Jarda Jahoda alo use PRUCHA instruments in their performances.

West coast based banjoist Peter Schwimmer plays one, Brendon Green from the Abram Brothers band plays on his Diamond Point banjo and Peter Wernick uses an "Elban". Bela Fleck owns two PRUCHA banjos and Richard Brown from the Lost Highway band picks on a custom banjo made to his own specs. Internationally acclaimed artist Alison Brown can be seen performing with a PRUCHA banjo as well.

No matter who is playing, however, the biggest endorsment must be made by the instrument itself. Before leaving the shop, each instrument is set up for the finest tone and ease of playing. If requested, any string action can be set to the customer's specific preference. The company goal is for musicians of all abilities to be satisfied with their playing experience. If your dream is to have an instrument of superior playability and tone, then you can rely on PRUCHA instruments to deliver, as proven again and again by the hundreds od satisfied customers over the last thirty years.

Our doors are always open. Anytime your travels bring you to Prague, feel free to drop in and visit us.

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