Laurie Grundy is a master luthier, banjo and bass player from Victoria Australia who has played, crafted and repaired five string resonator banjos since 1976. Laurie lives with his wife Linda in both the USA at Eminence Missouri and in Australia at Yarra Junction in the state of Victoria.
Working in conjunction with Laurie the Grundy Banjo Company has an association with the most meticulous and dedicated crafts people who are the equal of the very best in the world in their respective fields. Denis Eastmure is a brilliant and ingenious shell, metal, wood and stone inlay artist. John Stanley is a meticulous machinist who produces the Formula 1934 (F34) bell bronze tone rings flanges and hoops to the very highest standard possible.
"I've always believed that the pre-war classic era resonator banjo format is the best configuration for a bluegrass five string banjo and I build my instruments using that system. The main difference in my banjos is that I use the same 1934 formula alloy in all three major hardware items, (tone ring, flange and tension hoop), whereas pot metal was used in pre-war Banjo Flanges."
Laurie Grundy ... Principle of Grundy Banjo Company LLC
Laurie offers after sales service in the USA and Australia. Email Laurie
The Flint River runs behind the home of Laurie's friend and fiddler Max Tillman of Bainbridge Georgia USA. Max taught Laurie the culture of bluegrass music, its timing, phrasing, drive and lonesomeness. Because of Max Tillman's help and interest in Australian Bluegrass scene through the years the Grundy Flint River model is so named and the "Flint River" inlay block is installed at the nineteenth fret in honour and appreciation of Max.