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New banjos for a new season in Peru

Posted by frianm on Monday, September 19, 2011

Just before I departed Vermont for Lima this month I put together another banjo.  This time a Baldwin necked plectrum.

The neck was an eBay purchase for less than $50.  It had obviously been on an aluminum rim as there was zero angle on the heel.  I had a walnut three ply rim sitting around that took shoes and cut for a long skirt ring.  I had just sold a Huber and was regretting it tho I needed the cash.  Along came an HO member selling a JLS #4 which I knew had the sort of Huber sound and it was a long skirt.  I also had some old hardware from a Baldwin Ode aluminum rimmed banjo.  The end result is a great plectrum banjo for me to play down here in Peru where I do not use a resonator as I am playing alongside nylon strung classical style guitars.  Anyway I sent the neck and rim to Arthur Hatfield who did a masterful job of re-cutting the heel and fitting it to the rim.  Once assembled at home I put on Waverly tuners a Farquar bridge and an old Ome tp.  I love this banjo!  It totes around in an old Reunion Blues gig bag as does my other summer acquisition an Ome XX openback from 1973.  New banjos for a new season.

7 comments on “New banjos for a new season in Peru”

erikforgod Says:
Monday, September 19, 2011 @2:19:55 PM

I live in Argentina and one of my best friends is Peruvian and lives in Lima..he attends Calvary Chapel in Lima. I have been thinking about the next missions trip my wife and I do and taking my Goodtime banjo with me.

erikforgod Says:
Monday, September 19, 2011 @2:20:32 PM

He and I were classmates at the bible institute in Santiago de Chile :)

frianm Says:
Monday, September 19, 2011 @2:37:08 PM

You can just play my banjo - you are probably way better than I am - but it is fun to jam a bit. I have introduced 4 banjos to folk here and one has really taken to it. We live in Miraflores, Lima.

erikforgod Says:
Monday, September 19, 2011 @2:39:39 PM

Thats great....these things are great for opening doors to sharing the gospel...My church is planning on visiting an orphanage here soon that has a bunch of kids who were either abandoned..or some of them come from poor large families, and there parents send em there for like weeks at a time to live. ...its very sad. Anyways My pastor has given me permission to carry my Goodtime banjo along with me...I am looking forward to it :)

frianm Says:
Monday, September 19, 2011 @2:54:08 PM

I carry mine - which is why I use an Ome w/ silver spun rim as it is light. I spent years singing Bible School songs in English and they still go down well. The Goodtime is a great choice.

erikforgod Says:
Monday, November 28, 2011 @6:51:37 AM

Ian you can get Kno-not tailpieces from Elderly Instruments in Michigan..

frianm Says:
Monday, November 28, 2011 @7:01:14 AM

I know - however I am hoping someone may have a used one for less than $50!

Meanwhile I have replaced my Elite head on my Ome with its earlier fiberskyn one - I am experimenting with different sounds and set ups. I can let you try out the Elite if you have anyone traveling here who can bring it to you - I do not trust the mail!

Blessings - Ian

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