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Homemade Tin Can Banjos

Check out these photos of Banjos made from tin cans.
looks like a fun project!

I would love to hear these instruments being played by these fine folks.

Tin Can Banjo
Tin can Banjo
And this one is from 1897
not much else is know about it.
Homemade Tin Can banjo 1897
Homemade Banjo 1897
This below is a frying pan banjo, pretty cool!