So with physical distancing, it is pretty hard to play or hear played different banjos in person. Is there like a youtuber that keeps the same recording setup and demonstrates different banjos?
I have been saving up and my original plan was to get a new banjo this fall but was wanting to spend this summer going to festivals and jams to figure out what sound I wanted out of my next banjo as well as put hands on a few to see what felt right. With Ga on lockdown and all festivals canceled I am trying to find another option besides just blind buying something in my price range.
I am currently a bluegrass player so looking for a 5 string resonator banjo, but I know that I will eventually expand out to other things.
Joe, are you familiar with Geoff Hohwald’s Banjo Warehouse south of Atlanta in East Point? He’s got all kind of banjos. When we get beyond sheltering in place you can play more banjos in a day than you could anywhere else. Geoff and Andy will even swap bridges out, adjust head tension, etc. to let you zero in on what sounds good to you. And there’s no pressure to buy. If you don’t hear anything you like they’re just happy you visited
Jens Kruger has a lot of videos of Deering banjos (all/most models) that are well recorded. Rob Bishline at bishlinebanjos.com has good videos/sound clips and I can very highly recommend him as a builder and great person.
Finally, Elderly Instruments has some older/good videos of various banjos, some of them done by the picky fingers banjo podcast guy, Keith B.
Steve Huber has some as well. ALL are watchable on youtube.