Posted by Enviroguy on Wednesday, July 14, 2010
My new 12" openback banjo by Jason Romero arrived recently. I am a bit speechless with it. How do you describe a banjo that is to instruments what mountains are to landscape. First off, the sound (after I tweaked the goatskin head tension) is splendid/awesome/incredible. For a guy from the metal tone ring banjo world I've been living in, it's hard to believe that a wood (honduran rosewood) tone ring can impart such power and sweet tone, across the entire bass to treble spectrum, to banjo sound. I simply can't put the banjo down -- the lawn is getting eyed by grazing cattle, the paint is peeling off the shed and the mail is piling up at the front door...
The banjo is beautiful, and I hope to post a photo or two shortly. Suffice it to say for now that it is the most beautifully crafted neck and rim I could possibly have hoped for. Chechen rim, highly figured neck and heel, stained to match the chechen rim; aged brass hardware, ebony fretboard, heel cap and peghead overlays, and a stunning set of inlay work of trilliums in the peghead and frailing scoop area. When the light catches the trillium inlay or the figuring in the neck, there are 3D, almost holographic effects - the whole works is amazingly pretty.
Gotta go. Gotta get back to my new banjo and play some more.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @7:34:46 PM
Congratulations! It would be nice to see pics if you can post them. Jason makes really nice banjos. Enjoy!
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