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DeanT - Posted - 01/28/2017:  17:56:59


I used to buy from Just Strings, but then went to the AMB Cryo strings and really like them!

dmiller - Posted - 01/28/2017:  20:07:03


I've been sold on the AMB cryos for quite some time now for the banjo.  I love their longevity/ price affordability (inexpensive - - - 10 or so bucks for three custom sets)/ and the fact that I can pick and choose what gauge strings are in the set for my personalized order.  I sure wish violin/fiddle strings were easy to choose like that.  It's too expensive to experiment with fiddle strings, because a decent set of those will cost you (on average) 50 to 85 bucks and higher.  Fiddle strings cost a lot and last forever (in my experience), so buying them is NOT something you do every month or so!

DeanT - Posted - 01/28/2017:  20:23:09


And insanely fast shipping. They usually ship the day you buy them. I was getting about a month out of GHS strings, and have been getting 3-4 months out of AMB cryo strings.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/28/2017:  20:36:11


I should try'em then. Do they stay in tune ?

DeanT - Posted - 01/29/2017:  07:23:10


yes, they stay in tune longer, sound good longer, and don't turn black nearly as soon. 

OM45GE - Posted - 01/29/2017:  12:10:00


I'll check them out. 

dmiller - Posted - 01/29/2017:  12:51:10


americanmadebanjo.com/index.php?cPath=28



Here's the link for them.  I choose the "build a set" option each time.  My choice I usually go with now (from 1st to 5th string)  is 11/ 13/ 15 24w/ 12.  I like the heavier strings and they are easier to "hold their tune" if you want to do the low E tuning John Hartford uses.  A friend of mine (Ken - - Greylock to Bean Blossom) lives about 3 miles from my folks house, and when I'm in town I usually go over to say hi and pick.  Last time I was there, he played on my banjo and couldn't believe how easily and comfortably the "heavy strings" worked for him because he is used to the really light (9.5 or 10) for both the 1st and 5th strings with the other three also really light gauge to match.



Of course he owns a Hatfield Buck Creek, and my 62 Gibson RB-250 has a new Hatfield neck on it,

so maybe that helped with the "ease of play"?   evil   AMB Cryo strings are good.  Give them a try.

DeanT - Posted - 01/29/2017:  15:33:06


For my Gibson, I always used the built-your-own set, but for my Goodtime I just got the standard 10-11-13-20-10 set. $20 (6 packs) worth will last me a couple years. Can't beat that!

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/29/2017:  15:50:16


I need to put heavier strings on my ODE,,the 2nd string buzzes on the 15th fret if I fret it at the 14th fret. No high fret there, and I loosened the neck truss rod some. Maybe the heavier strings will pull the neck a bit and they won't be so sloppy with wide vibration (not sure of that though). Any thoughts/ideas?

dmiller - Posted - 01/29/2017:  15:52:18


I hear that, Dean.  I kinda feel bad for Tom Mirasola and his AMB Cryo strings.  They are so good, I haven't had to order any new sets of strings from him for one heck-uva-long time now!



 

DeanT - Posted - 01/29/2017:  17:33:58


Chuck, how long since you tightened the head? At least Tom found a good niche and is still in business, unlike other small banjo businesses that seem to be failing. 



 

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/29/2017:  18:01:44


Dean, I tightened the head a couple weeks ago and it's pretty tight now. Not sure why it started to buzz on that fret all of a sudden. I'll put a heavier 2nd string on tmrrw and see what happens.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/30/2017:  02:51:38


I always think my strings are lasting a long time on my Stelling. Then I change them and realize how tired they really were. 

DeanT - Posted - 01/30/2017:  02:53:26


darn, that was the only thing I could think of... other than co-rod and climate

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/30/2017:  08:20:22


I changed the strings (lights) a couple of weeks ago and a few days later the buzz started. It's dry here in AZ but the nights are cool so I don't think the climate is a problem ,but who knows.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/30/2017:  11:31:35


Is it possible that the bridge shrunk enough to lower the action?

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/30/2017:  12:31:15


Could be,,I might try a 11/16 bridge and sand the feet down a bit if I have to. Going back and forth from playing finger style on guitar and banjo ,the bridge height change won't bother me.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/30/2017:  12:41:24


Hope that works for you. It would be a quick fix.

DeanT - Posted - 01/30/2017:  14:51:42


I actually meant truss rod up above. Once I adjust my co-rods at clean-up/assembly, I never touch them again. But I will tweek a truss rod whenever needed. 

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/30/2017:  17:07:28


Yah, I loosened the neck truss rod, did it some more today- I don't mind higher action but too much gets it out of intonation up the neck. Anyway, I've been reading some archived posts from ODE specialists and they claim the ODE necks are really solid and rigid, and take a few days to settle in to adjustments. These have a hole in the bottom of the heel and a recessed metal adjuster - no truss rod cover on the peg head. So anyway, the buzz is almost gone now. Another day or two it should be gone. Thnx for the input, guys.


Edited by - chuckv97 on 01/30/2017 17:09:08

OM45GE - Posted - 01/31/2017:  02:59:47


That's great. 

DeanT - Posted - 01/31/2017:  05:20:13


I got my cryo strings 3 days after ordering them, now the question is weather to play out the stock Deering strings, or change them right off the bat. 

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/31/2017:  09:24:35


What kind of tailpiece ,Dean?

OM45GE - Posted - 01/31/2017:  12:08:03


I usually get the strings off a new instrument as soon as I can. They're often not in the best of shape.


Edited by - OM45GE on 01/31/2017 12:08:18

DeanT - Posted - 01/31/2017:  13:26:06


The stock strings sound pretty good, just got home from band practice. Sounds GREAT in the mix. So I'll change string whenever, no hurry. The tailpiece is the basic Goodtime tailpiece. Believe it or not, of all the banjos I've had... the Goodtime tailpiece is my favorite design of them all. Simple, solid, only one piece, and sounds good. 

OM45GE - Posted - 01/31/2017:  14:17:09


Sounds like a plan.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/31/2017:  14:59:36


I have a tough time restringing the ODE because of their tailpiece - I have to put an alligator clip on the end of the hook where my string loops hook on or they keep slipping off.


Edited by - chuckv97 on 01/31/2017 15:00:07

OM45GE - Posted - 01/31/2017:  15:07:13


The Stelling tailpiece works pretty well. It has pegs that the string loops fit over.

dmiller - Posted - 01/31/2017:  21:31:08


quote:

Originally posted by chuckv97

 

I have a tough time restringing the ODE because of their tailpiece - I have to put an alligator clip on the end of the hook where my string loops hook on or they keep slipping off.







I want to (and will) keep my Ode D all original.  I have a spare set of Keith D-tuners, but I won't be putting them on the Ode because I want the original tuners stay there on it.  Besides - -  the D tuners aren't gold plated, so they wouldn't match the rest of the banjo anyway.  smiley  I want (in the worst way)  to put a decent tailpiece like a  Fults on the Ode (I agree - - the original tailpiece sucks), but I don't have to change strings on it that often (because of them being the AMB cryos) so I'm going to "suffer" and put up with the hassle whenever I do finally change strings. It's a real chore to change strings on an Ode - - But, I like the sound of it, and it is one banjo I ain't a-gonna "tinker" with.  


Edited by - dmiller on 01/31/2017 21:40:51

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/31/2017:  22:09:24


I agree ,David. The ODEs are unique and sound great. I have Keith tuners but with a Style C they match ok.


Edited by - chuckv97 on 01/31/2017 22:14:01

dmiller - Posted - 01/31/2017:  22:20:09


I almost bought a C model 6 (or so) years ago off of Ebay.  It had a refinished peg head that showed off the gorgeous grain of the wood, and it was an older one that had the Baldwin banner on it (in pearl/ not the metal one) as well as the Ode inlay.  I sat on my butt too long thinking about it, and about the time I decided I should buy it - - it was sold.

dmiller - Posted - 01/31/2017:  22:26:13


I was so impressed with the peg head of that C model - - I copied a picture of it, and saved it on my photobucket site.  







 

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/31/2017:  22:37:45


Wow...nice.  Is it an optical illusion or is the "E" of ODE not symmetrical with the "O" , as if it looks too high.? Mine is the same,as they all are.


Edited by - chuckv97 on 01/31/2017 22:44:53

DeanT - Posted - 02/01/2017:  10:36:45


I'd like to go see the Titan Missile Museum! 

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/01/2017:  11:10:00


Hah...I just noticed that. I might check it out.

OM45GE - Posted - 02/01/2017:  13:56:25


Where is ?

DeanT - Posted - 02/01/2017:  14:40:23


Is that in Canada?

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/01/2017:  15:51:07


Nope,near Tucson,,I think I'll head over there.next week

Welcome to the Titan Missile Museum



"A Rare Journey Into Cold War History



Click here to see the National Geographic video about the Titan Missile Museum!



"Duck and Cover!" Bomb shelters, the Berlin Wall, weekly tests of the Emergency Broadcast System, the piercing sounds of air raid sirens, and the Space Race. These are the hallmarks of the "Cold War" era.



The Titan Missile Museum showcases the dramatic vestiges of the Cold War between the U.S. and former Soviet Union and provides a vivid education about the history of nuclear conflict-a history of keeping the peace.



At the Titan Missile Museum, near Tucson, Arizona, visitors journey through time to stand on the front line of the Cold War. This preserved Titan II missile site, officially known as complex 571-7, is all that remains of the 54 Titan II missile sites that were on alert across the United States from 1963 to 1987.



Able to launch from its underground silo in just 58 seconds, the Titan II was capable of delivering a 9-megaton nuclear warhead to targets more than 6300 miles (10,000 km) away in about 30 minutes. Nowhere else in the world can visitors get this close to an intercontinental ballistic missile in its operational environment. This one-of-a kind museum gives visitors a rare look at the technology used by the United States to deter nuclear war. What was once one of America's most top secret places is now a National Historic Landmark, fulfilling its new mission of bringing Cold War history to life for millions of visitors from around the world.


Edited by - chuckv97 on 02/01/2017 15:51:30

OM45GE - Posted - 02/01/2017:  16:00:51


That was a scary time. 

DeanT - Posted - 02/01/2017:  16:50:27


I've heard there are missile silos in Kansas that folks have turned into underground condos

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/01/2017:  17:02:53


I often pass the Bo-Mark missile site from the 1950's and '60's in northern Ontario. There's even a "Bo-Mark Motel" nearby...not sure if I would've been too comfortable sleeping there.

dmiller - Posted - 02/01/2017:  21:00:57


I remember the fall-out shelters in our high school.  Different times back then.

OM45GE - Posted - 02/02/2017:  02:41:43


Duck and cover! Even as a kid I wondered how a wooden desk was going to protect us from a nuclear blast. 

DeanT - Posted - 02/02/2017:  06:23:34


my old childhood house had a really creepy bomb shelter

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/02/2017:  11:31:11


Some of those big poles with the air raid sirens are still around

OM45GE - Posted - 02/02/2017:  13:28:56


We were in a nuclear first strike zone because of a SAC Airbase (Pease) and Kittery Shipyard, which builds and repairs nuclear submarines. Both are within 30 air miles. I'm pretty sure our school desks would have been vaporized along with everything else.

DeanT - Posted - 02/02/2017:  14:37:00


The air raid sirens are now all tornado sirens in Kansas...

OM45GE - Posted - 02/03/2017:  02:42:52


Do they get your attention when they go off?

DeanT - Posted - 02/03/2017:  02:55:23


not really, we get used to it. 

OM45GE - Posted - 02/03/2017:  03:35:20


Ignore at your own peril?

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