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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Bart Reiter 12 inch Buckbee - Cherry or Walnut neck


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ironhead - Posted - 04/28/2018:  18:02:59


I have multiple 11 inch open-back banjos, but have never played a 12 inch rim banjo. Would like to explore that rim size. I have an 11 inch Reiter Bacophone that I quite enjoy, neck is awesome, so thought I would try a Reiter 12 inch Buckbee. All things being equal (head type, tension, strings, etc), what can one expect sound wise from a cherry neck compared to more common neck woods like walnut, mahogany or maple. I am going to purchase either a cherry or walnut neck Buckbee. Perhaps Ceemonster or one of the other Reiter aficionados has some advice. Thanks for any comments!


Edited by - ironhead on 04/28/2018 18:04:08

pastorharry - Posted - 04/28/2018:  18:50:12


It would be nice if you could play them both first, but for my taste I like walnut a lot. To me a brings a bit richer,warmer tone. Cherry is great, strong, used in many of the earlier banjos,perhaps more fundamental sounding, (to me) . I would put cherry closer to maple and walnut closer to mahogany.

ironhead - Posted - 04/28/2018:  19:03:11


Thanks Pastor Harry. You're right, it would be ideal to play them first, but since that's about a 2000 mile trip, opinions from helpful people like yourself is second best. Interesting that cherry is more on the oak than mahogany side of the sound spectrum. I think overall Reiter banjos are a bit on the crisp, bright side, which is to my taste, so maybe Walnut is the way to go, just to get a bit of warmth without changing head or swapping steel strings for nylgut. Good info and thanks again.

rubicon - Posted - 04/28/2018:  19:05:57


quote:

Originally posted by pastorharry

It would be nice if you could play them both first, but for my taste I like walnut a lot. To me a brings a bit richer,warmer tone. Cherry is great, strong, used in many of the earlier banjos,perhaps more fundamental sounding, (to me) . I would put cherry closer to maple and walnut closer to mahogany.






Hit that right on the head walnut 12 imho have a great warm sound .

hweinberg - Posted - 04/29/2018:  06:35:36


I believe that others can hear differences that I miss, but I haven't found that neck woods make much of a difference on openback banjos. Pot wood and dimensions and tone ring are, of course, a different matter. With so much possible variation in the setup -- head material, head tension, action, bridge material/shape/height, action, tailpiece type, strings, and optional stuffing behind the head, I would put neck wood type farther down the list in terms of tone. But as I said, I can believe it could matter to more discerning ears.

ceemonster - Posted - 04/29/2018:  09:47:06


This is like wine parlance, it's very subjective. But I place both cherry and walnut between mahogany and maple on the brightness/darkness scale, but I experience walnut as having more sustain and a tad more of a 4th string, and experience cherry has having less sustain/more fundamental, and a tad more of a midrange.



I have a 12-inch walnut Reiter Buckbee and am delighted with it.


Edited by - ceemonster on 04/29/2018 09:49:14

ironhead - Posted - 04/29/2018:  09:51:55


hweinberg, I agree with your opinion of neck woods being down the list as being a huge factor for sound. Just wanted to know where cherry lies in the tonal spectrum of neck wood species. I've got maple neck banjos that are less bright than some of my mahogany neck banjos due to different set up, tone ring, bridge, strings etc. I'm certain that even a different piece of the same species of wood would make a difference in sound. Banjo sound is a big enjoyable experiment, at least for me.

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