Developer and owner of Nechville Banjos in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tom designs, sells services and teaches from his Banjos West store in Sisters, Oregon.
Tom is the founder and CEO of Nechville Musical Products, and the creator of the unique Nechville Helimount system, a radical reinvention of banjo design and technology.
Replacing more than seventy parts of a traditional banjo, the Nechville Helimount body tightens together much like a jar on a lid; greatly reducing the assembly time and improving the banjo's sound.
Banjo players who have embraced Nechville’s cutting-edge designs include Steve Martin, Bela Fleck, Noam Pikelny, Alison Brown, Tim Carter, Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks), Enda Scahill (We Banjo 3), Claudio Parravacini, (Milan Italy) and Billy Failing (Billy Strings).
Forty years ago, Tom Nechville followed his dream to create a better banjo. In 2019, Tom headed west to open a retail store in Oregon. In 2020, Tom found the perfect location on Main Avenue, less than a block from Preston Thompson Guitars, in the charming mountain town of Sisters, the home of Sisters Folk Festival.
Linda Leavitt is a musician, writer, educator, and event producer with a passion for bluegrass music.
For nearly a decade, Linda co-coordinated Taborgrass, an adult bluegrass education program in Portland, Oregon. Linda teaches bluegrass singing and how-to-jam workshops at festivals, camps and at Nechville Banjos West in Sisters.
She has performed with Mountain Honey, John Montgomery Band, Big Dickens, Porch Cats and The Square Root Rounders. Linda currently performs with banjoist Tom Nechville in The Lois & Clark Expedition.
Linda serves on the board of the Oregon Bluegrass Association and is the editor of the association’s quarterly journal, The Oregon Bluegrass Express.
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At Nechville's Banjos West, your imagined banjo dreams can be realized. Whether choosing from our unique stock or custom designing your own creation, we can make it happen.
In 1986 I followed my dream to create a better banjo, Today the revolutionary Nechville banjo is found everywhere from the back porch to the center stage of popular music.
Banjos West fosters and supports the community rooted in the Bluegrass tradition by providing excellent products, services and musical experiences.