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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: My Silver Bell Model 1


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Silverbell1 - Posted - 06/20/2019:  19:45:43


So excited. My Silver Bell No. 1 circa 1920s is almost ready for pickup! Can’t wait to play it. It was already a compellingly player before I took it in - can’t wait to see it with new head, tailpiece and setup!
Mike

parlour player - Posted - 06/20/2019:  20:00:27


Nice one !

Welcome to blues.jazz section!

Jan

ldieckow - Posted - 06/21/2019:  10:00:37


Care to share what year? I ask as I have a 1929 Montana #4 plectrum and a 35 Symphonie with a 12" pot

CGDA - Posted - 06/22/2019:  09:18:15


I never played a B&D, at any rate I noticed that great effects can be obtained by using the soft pedal-mute.


Edited by - CGDA on 06/22/2019 09:20:47

pcoopy - Posted - 07/23/2019:  16:30:33


I have had a 1927 B&D #1 Silver Bell Plectrum for years now...Love it. Only changes that I made were to raise the neck 1/8" and use a taller Farquar bridge, had it refretted, and had the nickel redone. Currently playing in a winter jazz group in Florida.

Polle Flaunoe - Posted - 07/24/2019:  00:43:52


quote:

Originally posted by CGDA

I never played a B&D, at any rate I noticed that great effects can be obtained by using the soft pedal-mute.






Marco - I´ve seen and heard you playing all sorts of banjo brands/models - my focus was every time pointed - not at the banjo used - but at your indeed great playing - LOL!



But - should you ever get the chance playing a well set up B&D - do notice its very fast response, its pleasantly long and linear declining sustain and its extreme dynamics range.



However - who cares about the banjo being played by you - as long as you keep coming up with recordings - with or whithout your internet buddies etc. - LOL!

Orm - Posted - 07/27/2019:  05:38:17


quote:

Originally posted by Polle Flaunoe

But - should you ever get the chance playing a well set up B&D - do notice its very fast response, its pleasantly long and linear declining sustain and its extreme dynamics range.




Polle, how would you describe differerences in sound between 23'' and 22'' scale B&Ds?

Polle Flaunoe - Posted - 07/28/2019:  00:14:14


quote:

Originally posted by Orm

quote:

Originally posted by Polle Flaunoe

Polle, how would you describe differerences in sound between 23'' and 22'' scale B&Ds?







I have not been able comparing them side by side - as all 22" examples passing my workshop were set up for GDAE tuning - whereas the vast majority of the 23" examples were set up for either CGDA tenor or DGBE Chicago tuning.



My own "new" soloist banjo is an OME Juggernaut - with a 22-1/8" scale - I´m using the same set-up as for my B&D´s - and I do get the same feel etc. of it as of all of my 23" B&D´s in the past and present. It was in fact your question here, that made me aware of the scale difference - LOL!



So - don´t care so much for the scale difference - more important is the neck construction and especially the tone ring type. Some players do prefer the early types - either perforated both in- and outside or perforated only inside - my personal favorite is the last type - non-perforated and with a floating inner skirt - this type gives me the rich sound and long sustain preferred by me.



 

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