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...  was born in Manchester to father Matthew and mother Elizabeth and in 1891 was living in Stretford with his parents and brother.


He then moved to Chorlton when he married Alice Brown, Lincs. in 1906.


By 1911 he lived in and worked out of 156 Beresford Street, Moss Side, Manchester and was a successful teacher of the banjo from the late 1920's up to the outbreak of World War II.


The banjos bearing his name as maker were well-made instruments of high class but without any outstanding characteristics.  It is not known whether he made the instruments himself although it is possible, as he always advertised himself as a repairer of banjos.  


A recent acquisition of a Wilkes banjo had Castle Brand Banjo strings (presumably made by Windsor) in the cubby box bearing the stamp of Goodman stating


“A. Goodman ..  Banjo Specialist, Dealer in Music, Instruments, Strings, Cases, Lessons in all styles of Banjo Playing. “


He died in Manchester, London.


Updated information from Sue Bradley including picture of him and his wife Alice.  "Sue says .. a conversation with my mother aged 93 ... fittings on his banjo were solid gold .. Uncle Algi played banjo, mandolin, guitar and other stringed instruments including cello.



Algernon G. S. Goodman 1882 -1958

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Do you have a banjo by this maker?  can you supply us some images?

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