Posted by Dan Pennington on Sunday, November 18, 2012
Contrary to popular opinion, I'm still alive and doing banjo stuff. I've been moderately busy making some custom block rims for a few customers and a few for myself. I've assembled half a dozen 5 strings. I've built three guitars in the last year - an all cedar steel string, a koa weissenborn, and a Beard round neck reso guitar kit..
Currently, I'm hatching a plan to be a vendor at the Minnesota Blue Grass Association winter weekend near Minneapolis in March, 2013. I plan to rent one vendor table for the weekend and have a couple of dozen block rims and half a dozen banjos ro sell. Come by and say hello!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 @9:19:07 AM
Due to pending hip replacement surgery I had to make a decision on what to do with my Stelling Masterflower. It would be too heavy in it's present state to do much with for the next 6 weeks+. It needed to go on a diet or I had to find a lighter banjo to play until some time in the future. Went back and forth with Dan, and several other rim makers thinking about a "woodie" set up. I had never seen any of Dan's work but from talking with him I felt comfortable with the decision - to get a Grenadillo rim on a birch block ring. I sent him the dimensions and profile from the Stelling and two weeks later had the rim in hand - wasn't sure what to expect. This is one AWESOME sounding setup. More bottom end than factory with no discernable loss in treble end. More sustain and overall balance and the biggest surprise is the volume and balance up the neck. Maybe warmer mid's and bottom end with the top still nice and bright. I am still using the Stelling (Ludwig) head and Stelling medium/heavy strings. A Remo head and lighter strings might add more top end punch and reduce some of the sustain but... I really like what Dan put together and everyone who has heard this likes the overall sound as much if not more that original sound. Thanks Dan
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