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My Visit with Zeemie

Posted by pawoodwkr on Sunday, September 23, 2012

I would like to thank the Banjo Hang Out for being such a great forum and making it possible to connect with other banjo players/pickers/enthusiasts. Today I was able to meet fellow traveler zeemie, who I found out thru the blogosphere was close enough to make an afternoon drive out to see. Zeemie explained that he had been a guitar player first, and that helped a bit with banjo. (Although he said he had to remind his thumb it wasn't there for the base-line anymore). He has a Recording King RK75 Elite that was the focus of my visit, as that is my intended upgrade from the very modest of beginner banjos that I currently have. It has, as Jim Pankey says, "monster bottom end" and a 3rd string that "just burns" (his description). I was impressed with the fit and finish, as well as the overall weight and feel of the RK75 Elite. It does have a longer neck, and the string spacing seemed further apart than what I was used to, but I immediately knew I had to get one of my own. Meantime, Zeemie was extraordinarily hospitable, and offered me the use of his Savannah SB300 to take home and practice on till the Recording King arrived! Can you beat that! He explained the Savannah had the same pot as the RK, and he had it fitted with a Scorpion bridge that does put some height on the strings. He described it as an intermediate banjo, but to me it is worlds above the 1970's Aria that's my current instrument. We then made plans to check out the Starlight Lounge in Blawnox (the subject of a previous entry) on a Tuesday for an evening Bluegrass. Thank you so much Zeemie!



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