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2 cents worth

Posted by kentr on Thursday, December 18, 2008

Greetings to all from out Oregon way,

Christmas time is close again. Another year, another circle of time.

Christmas time causes me to stop, reflect on Christmas' past, and remember some really good things.

The carols, exciment of the kids, and bright lites in the dark winter, bring joy.

One of the best memories for me was the Christmas I was given my first banjo.

Yes, a Christmas present, a good ol' Osker Schmidt, right out of the Sears catalog.

What a weak, flimsy, tinny sounding thing it was.  What a thrill to recieve it.


They were finished nice, I loved the clear head and the gold painted "eagle" inside the black

resonator and on the back. I didn't even notice how bad  the neck flexed when holding a chord for

quite a while.    While I had old guitars, I just didn't play them.

And this started a new passion for all things banjo, Christmas carols, and research into what made

the thing work.

That banjo didn't last too long as stock, but I kept the "look" and memory alive by changing out everything

else over the years, but keeping the same resonator and clear head.

Right now it is an assembly of my 1st, 2ond, and other banjos and parts.  I have a new neck planed

for it, and have the fingerboard and peghead overlay, with Hearts & Flowers, and extra frets. Thanks to

Custom Inlay for sending me a custom scale length fingerboard.

Has your start into the world of banjo left a happy memory? Can you still remember the exciment,

energy, and high hopes? 


Please take the time this Christmas season to stop, remember the good things, count your blessings,

and think of the reason for the season.   "for unto us a child is born"  Isa 9:6




2 comments on “2 cents worth”

twayneking Says:
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @7:56:33 AM

I love Frankenbanjos!

kentr Says:
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @1:00:27 PM

Hey Wayne,

Are those Frankenbanjos s'pposed ta have chargin' post

stickin' out the neck?????

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