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Playing Since: 2009
Experience Level: Purty Good
tomberghan has made 53 recent additions to Banjo Hangout
Occupation: Professional Musician until age 37, now I am an Engineer
1) Chuck Lee - Vintage Ovilla made in 2008, 12" hardrock maple rim, Kat Eyz bridge - Old Maple and Purpleheart, W.D. Miller Vellum Calfskin head
2) Banjo d'Amore (Orpheus) - Dan Knowles, 2011
3) 1929 Gibson TB-2, four string
4) 5-string Buck Creek - Arthur Hatfield, 2012
5) Gold Tone Fretless Bass Banjo BB-400 Custom, bass tuning EADG, 2010
6) Soprano 4-string - Gold Tone, custom 2011
I like the "old stuff." I admire many of today's younger "progressive" artists, but I have always enjoyed collecting records from the 1920s through to the early 1960s. That fifty year period of American music is my favorite: Bluegrass, Old Time, Blues, Hokum, Rags, Swing, Hillbilly, Country, & Rockabilly. That's for me!
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Last Visit 5/16/2013
I am a lute, theorbo, and guitar player who took up clawhammer banjo (in June of 2009). In 2010 May and June I began playing baritone and tenor 4-string banjos, and in November 2010 I began playing bass banjo. In August of 2011 I began to study bluegrass banjo and also began a deeper study of bluegrass guitar as well. The short story is that I am in love with all things "Old Time" and "Bluegrass."
I am also an old Rock-a-Billy and Blues musician (guitar and piano). I have played music professionally my entire adult life. I have always loved OT music. I knew Gus Cannon in 1969, who besides being one of the greatest American Banjoists, was a real gentleman and a wise old soul.
You may hear some of my recordings at www.cs.dartmouth.edu/berghan