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Leedy Drum Co

Leedy Lindy Soprano
Leedy Lindy Banjolele
Founded in 1895 in Indianapolis, the Leedy Drum Co. grew to become the biggest drum and percussion manufacturer in the world in the first half of the 1920's. Like Ludwig, the popularity of the Banjo in the mid 20's led it to expand its catalogue to include Banjos in 1926 and like Ludwig it lost an awful lot of money doing this leading to it being taken over by G.C. Conn in 1930, (again like Ludwig), and all Banjo production ceasing in 1932. Unlike Ludwig, whose Banjos are reputed to be some of the best ever made, Leedy's are reputedly only average to maybe a little better than average though very highly decorated with a lot of pearloid on the fret boards and resonators and often little pictured for fret markers. (For a continued history of Leedy drums go to the website above). Leedy certainly made Tenor, Plectrum and 5 string Banjos but I have never read about them making a Banjolele. That said though I have never read anywhere that they made Ukuleles however I have a picture of a Ukulele made to commemorate Charles Lindbergh's crossing of the Atlantic that is marked as being made by Leedy? Leedy did do a lot of marketing stunts while it was an independent company so this was probably made as a short run for one of those and possibly by another maker on Leedy's behalf? The Banjolele pictured has an identical Lindy brand across the headstock so must have been part of the same promotion, (but there is nothing on it to prove it was made by Leedy, I'm just assuming).

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