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Playing Since: 1962
Experience Level: Purty Good
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My Williams Kenny Ingram Special, #9, is almost 4 years old now. It's sounding real good and I expect it, from what other folks that have them said, to continue opening up as time goes on. Will brought it to the motel for me. We (my friend Paul and I) stayed in Grangeville but Will was coming up there for some appointments so he said he'd just bring it. I was paranoid to have it shipped so I brought my own Calton case for it. It sounds great all the way up the neck, very even. I put some Cryogenic strings on it (Bill Evans) and I think they sound better than the GHS that Will put on. More later...
I had a 1929 Mastertone that was heavily modified: Tony Pass ThinSkirt rim, Paul Hopkins full flathead tone ring, Presto tailpiece, Robin Smith Flying Eagle neck. I have all the parts for it so I could put it back the way it was. Edit: I put the prewar back the way it was and sold it to my dentist's husband to pay for the KI. He studies with Bill Evans, who played it and liked it as well. The flathead tone ring, rim and the Robin Smith FE neck are now on another banjo.
I use Tom Mirasola's cryogenic strings, Sammy Shelor pix & Blue Chip thumbpicks.
A few years ago I built a new banjo with a cast flange and a Sullivan factory floor rim and a Blaylock Beartracks tone ring. It has a Robin Smith mahogany neck and resonator with Christmas tree binding. It was designed to replicate an prewar, i.e. , short distance after the last fret, mahogany neck/resonator, Presto tailpiece, etc. Even has Jim Burlile's copies of Walt Pittman's twisters. Sounds real good.
The Del McCoury Band is the best in my opinion. Robby doesn't get the respect he deserves and Ronnie is simply the best mando player around today.
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Last Visit 5/22/2013
"I was born in Chicago, 19 and 43." Moved to Los Alamos, NM, (birthplace of the A bomb and my brother who plays mandolin) at 6 months, then to LA until a few years ago. I lived in the Bay Area for 3 years and then moved to Woodland (outside Sacramento) because my brother lives there and I was trying to get a job at UC Davis. Couldn't get a computer job so I worked for TSA (Transportation Security Administration) I retired from TSA on 9-30-'09 and am loving it! I used to work for Electronic Musician and Mix in Emeryville, CA, before being laid off exactly two years after moving to Emeryville to take the job.