Posted by Brentk5s on Monday, April 20, 2009
Greg Galbreath has been hard at work on his latest work of art... my new banjo. Now that it's almost done it is really exciting. Now he has sent some photos, that I have posted on this site, of what it looks like as it comes together. I couldn't be happier wit the inlay and the wood we have chosen. I've asked Greg NOT to send anymore pictures. Now I want to wait and see the finished project. I've made one final change. I'm a little nervous about it, but I've asked him to put on a skin head.
Am I crazy? I live in St.Louis after all. We are known for high humidity here all festival season. But I was reading an old Banjo Newsletter from from 2003. (This is one of the advantages of actual magazines over websites) Fred Sokolow wrote an article about switching to a skin head and he toatally sold me on it. Greg is building a banjo for me in the style of the late nineteenth/early twentieth century down to the steam bent rim. It seems like it should have skin head. It seems that this instrument, deserves a skin head. Plus Greg said that he is currently building a banjo for himself, and he chose a skin head.
Now I need to practice so I won't be embarassed to play the new Buckeye in front of people!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 @6:26:15 AM
Congratulations on the new banjo. A lot of people I admire (especially, John Balch) strongly recommend skin heads. A skin head seems really appropriate for the banjo you are getting. I have a mix of skin and modern heads on my banjos, basically the way they were when I acquired them. The modern heads are louder and brighter, for sure, but that is not what everyone wants. I may take John up on his offer to install a skin head on my Reiter banjo at some point. Enjoy your new banjo!
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