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Does the Banjo make the player?
Monday, July 30, 2012 @7:22:19 PM
Could a seasoned banjo player pick up any banjo and sound good? Or is it the quality of the instrument that matters most? Being new, the prices of banjos varies and I hate to waste money on a banjo just for its name when it really won't sound much different.
on “Does the Banjo make the player?”
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @5:28:46 AM
There's a world of difference in the sound of an entry level banjo with no tone ring and a well made banjo made with good parts and a good tone ring.
It's not just the quality of the instrument, but that has a LOT to do with how it sounds.
A seasoned banjo player could play an inexpensive banjo and it would still sound tinny -- because of the lack of a tone ring.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @6:19:49 AM
Ricky Skaggs one said, " a great instrument inspires.". I think the quality can help you to grow, because you play more.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @1:28:07 PM
If you relate it to other things such as --Could a professional racecar driver drive a go-cart real good.?.. the answer is probably yes, but will it impress anyone ?- probably not. Put him in a high-tech racecar then he will show you what he can do. As far as banjos go, when your not sure about a quality banjo just hand it to a seasoned picker and have him play a couple of songs on it , then ask him if he would perform on stage with it. In most cases if its quality enough for them to say yes you are safe to say you probably won't outgrow it anytime soon. If the answer is no, then maybe raising the bar and spending a little more money would benifit you in the long run. Just remember the talent lies with the picker but the quality of sound remains in the banjo itself.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @1:47:52 PM
Great advice. I really am loving the banjo. My instrument is rented, so I am looking to purchase one. Thanks!
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