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A Year of Transition

Posted by John Herrington on Monday, November 29, 2010

The year of our Lord, 2,010, has truly been a time of change in my life. I guess the title of this new entry is fitting. The previous year closed with my falling on black ice and rebreaking my right wrist. And then the new year began with another fall and tearing up the little finger on my left hand. My banjos helped me throught the healing process. I actually missed very little time in trying to play them.

My wife, Triss has been hardly able to walk for some time so to the Orthopedic surgeon in Cody, Wyoming, we went. On June 21 she had a complete knee replacement on her right leg, and on September 13 she had a complete knee replacement on her left leg. Her surgeries have been very successful and she is doing about anything she wants to do. There has been some pain (more on the second knee than the first) but she walks without a limp! She's a tough little lady.

These events have cut back on my posting time, but in the midst of these rough times banjo playing has thrived! Let me tell you of my latest banjos.

You may recall I have loved my GT WL-250 and my Prust Tackhead minstrel banjo. This past month I purchase a used Enoch Tradesman. I have equipped it with Sands nylon strings over a calf skin head and am immensely pleased with its sound.The Tradesman compliments my other banjos with the rich "old time" sound of the past...whatever that means.

I mostly play for the private enjoyment of the instruments and the tunes that "spill out of em." At least once a day I sit down and play each of the three for a couple or three old tunes, singing to some of them, and just playing the others. And then I will likely play some on my old restored Buckbee, followed by a tune or two on my gourd "Four Star" banjo and a pass or two on my mountain banjo.

I certainly haven't meant to bore you who read this...just wanted to tell you all is well in the home of Old John on the Big Horn. Will be posting some of my music soon!

Take care, my friends



4 comments on “A Year of Transition”

RatLer Says:
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @4:19:46 AM

Glad to hear you folks have weathered the storm and are doing fine....Now stay off the black ice!!!!

Slingerland Says:
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 @8:59:45 AM

Stay healthy and keep playing!

olpete Says:
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 @7:43:15 PM

Welcome back John. Glad to hear you're back at it !

banjo 1 Says:
Thursday, March 10, 2011 @3:52:09 AM

my mother is 80 yrs. old and lest knee surgy, took her a little bit to get arround but doing fine. I had left knee surgy 11 yrs. ago, and was down for 3 yrs. but mine was do to a semi tire exploding while i was airing it up. Best of luck to your wife tell her to keep up the moving arround good for the knee. got your comment on the goldtone could'nt agree more. God bless

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