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Playing Since: 1967
Experience Level: Purty Good
Don Borchelt has made 241 recent additions to Banjo Hangout
Occupation: Retired, and picking more banjo
Vega tubaphone, semi fretless neck;
Paramount, semi-fretless neck, short-scale;
Paramount, semi-fretless neck, standard scale;
Fairbanks Whyte Laydie;
Gibson Mastertone 1928 TB-3 with Liberty conversion neck;
two other Mastertone clones and another Tubaphone.
Flatt & Scruggs, Stanley Brothers, Don Reno and Red Smiley, Roy Acuff and the Smokey Mountain Boys, Mississippi John Hurt, Dave Akeman, Tommy Jarrell, Tommy Jackson, Howdy Forrester, Carroll Best, Bill Keith, Alan Munde, and of course, my pals Ed Britt, Jim Reed, and Don Couchie.
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Last Visit 5/23/2013
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Started playing banjo when I was in high school. Moved to Boston in 1969 to go to college, fell in love with a local girl, got married and settled down in the Boston area. I retired last June. I'm a committed shade tree picker, play three finger style, but lean more to old-time than bluegrass these days.