I have Too many projects right now and need to thin the heard. I am selling one of My HeliX professional grade banjos.
I have 2 HeliX Professional Grade Banjos and I need to part with one to pay for some other projects.
This is a curly maple Helix Hurricane rim and a custom flame maple HeliX neck made by Chris Scott. And flame maple resonator.
This started out as Helix Hurricane #4 the first banjo Larry ever sold, it is now #9 which is just the rim number. Because the first rim had a defect and had to be replaced.
This Banjo has been a test bed for many experiments that Larry and I wanted to try out. It has a resonator attached with magnets, was the first helix banjo with the turtle inlay and HeliX inlaid in the neck also the first with the HeliX shaped peghead.
All nickle hardware, Gotoh tuners! Price tail Piece! Gibson style shoes, hooks, tension hoop, and arm rest.
It is a bracket shoe banjo with a tone hoop which makes it nice and light and it has that HeliX voice and volume! Also a bluegrass resonator banjo which is kind of rare for a HeliX!
This banjo has barley been played and is like new. The only Helix that is nicer than this one is my Chestnut Monarch!
If you want to try a Helix this is the one there are hardly ever any used ones that come up for sale.
It is the banjo on the left in this picture, and it is in my avitar, you can see more pics on my homepage. I will try to add more tomorrow.
you can see this one on HeliX banjos home page in several of the pictures.
when you say "light" how light is it? I have been considering a lighter banjo as an alternative, but have never played or held a HeliX, also looking at the Nechville Atlas. Is the tone hoop like the old Style 11s, or is is a rim that is cut in the shape of a tone ring?
It is probably about the same as a gibson style 11 maybe a little lighter. the neck and rim are Maple, and it has a good truss rod in it which adds some weight, but it is much lighter than a mastertone, I could probably weigh it but I think when I first bought it from larry he said it was in the 7-8lb range.
I have barely used this banjo, I have 2 HeliX an old mastertone, and an openback, and there is only one me! My Chestnut HeliX Monarch has been my main banjo, that one is at least 2-3 pounds heavier than the Hurricane.