Posted by myork1 on Sunday, September 26, 2010
Just had to post up some props for my Banjo Dr. and Luthier buddy Don Bryant. Don and I met at the Earl Scruggs show in Charlotte last year when he let me join in on the jammin' with his Kel. Since then I've gotten to know Don and he's done work on several of my banjos and I'm always excited about the results. He brought a very special 35 year old banjo back to life and has worked on my 1974 RB-250 and both my Deerings. Even when a banjo I think sounds great makes a trip to Dr. Don, he gives it back sounding and playing even better. Just can't say enough about this friend to banjos and banjo-lovers everywhere. Plus I love getting a look at his "pre-war" collection and taking our banjos for a "test-drive" after the check-ups.
I wish more music stores would actually have "BANJOS FOR SALE" and get them set-up right with a local luthier. I've stopped in many stores with high-dollar banjos that sounded and played terrible. Obviously they didn't really want to sell them or they'd pay someone to set them up right. We all know it's the sound and playability that goes along with the look that makes us take home yet another banjo. Just another reason for us to have a good Banjo Doctor! Thanks Don...
Sunday, September 26, 2010 @6:42:23 PM
I heartily agree, Mike. Our local Guitar Center has some used Gibsons, 60's era, that have had at least a couple of birthdays while hanging on their wall. The bridges are weird, the strings are old, and the heads are very loose. They sound awful; and the store is probably wondering why they don't sell more banjos! duh
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