Posted by recokin on Thursday, March 15, 2007
This is a part of the report by Recokin who met with Dave Talbot who visited Japan in Country Gold 2006 (Oct./15/2006).
All sentences are in web site "The Room of Recokin" (Japanese word only) ; http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/people/onodakoj/
The banjo of Dave Talbot vol.1
Written by Recokin
( Following the self-introduction like 'banjo freak', Dave recognized koji as the comrade, and said ;)
Dave : I have the Neat banjo. I bring the 'Bean Blossom model' made of walnut today. It is the one which only 25 exist.
Recokin : It is terrific.
Dave : Be waiting because I bring it now!
Recokin : ...!?
Dave has brought back a banjo from the dressing room. Wow! It's just the Neat 'Bean Blossom model' banjo which has the same as one in two necks which Mr. Frank Neat has in the cover of the Banjo Newslattern magazine at the end of last year. This model included 1 in 25 necks taken out from the walnut tree which was done for the lightning at the front of the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival stage. Though its grain is the thing of the walnut certainly, It doesn't put emphasis on the grain like the Gibson RB4 Re-issue model, and its dark coating gives it very calm impression.
When I held its neck, I felt it in the same way with the Osborne Chief's. (The Osborne Chief is manufactured by Frank Neat, too.) But, it is not the Speed Neck specification because a coating behind the bottleneck isn't torn off. Because its bridge height is common 5/8, it is probably the Neat bridge. I felt its string action was not too high.
The Keith D tuner was attached to 2 and 3 strings in its Peghead.
Though a body was a nickel specification, only D tuners were a gold specification.
Dave : Hum... You put picks on your fingers. Try to play it, now.
To be continued...
As a matter of fact, the neck of his Neat 'Bean Blossom model' banjo is made of mahogany.
I knew later by mail from Dave.
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