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Tenor banjos

Posted by n2banjos on Thursday, March 18, 2010

Recently I've developed and been pursuing an interest in tenor banjos.  I'm mainly interested in dixieland jazz style, but I'm a big fan of Irish music also.

I bought a low end Aria tenor off of eBay.  As my interest and skill has developed, I've been looking for a better tenor banjo.

I posted an ad here on the hangout for a tenor neck and did end up buying one.  A friend of mine that does most of my repair and build projects had a TB-00 neck and said that he would trade that with me.

So, I have converted my RB-800 into a TB-800-00.  My RB-800 is not my primary, go to banjo, so not an impact to my 5-string arsenal.  Initial feedback, this converted (to tenor) is fantastic.  I guess it has a lot to do with the pot, but this tenor rocks.  I'm currently playing in a performance of Big River and it holds it's own against the brass section.

So, I must be mixed up.  I've seen all these converted banjos, and now I'm converted in the other direction.



2 comments on “Tenor banjos”

mainejohn Says:
Friday, March 19, 2010 @5:27:25 AM

I bought a 20's Vega Tubaphone tenor on ebay 3-4 years ago for about $550, and it's all original. I think those old Vega tenors are excellent choices and recall them selling in the 80's for about the same price. I'm mainly a 5 string and plectrum player, so the tenor doesn't get much playing time, but I love the sound of a well played tenor, both jazz & Celtic. Have fun!

Gcapo2A Says:
Friday, March 19, 2010 @11:19:23 AM

I am glad to hear that you enjoy your tenor banjo. It is an beautiful and very addictive instrument. I think and I hope in future that it makes a popular return.

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