Excitement was definitely in the air this morning as I prepared for my trip to the Deering Banjo factory to see how these beautiful instruments are built. I was also very excited to meet up with my new Banjo friend I met here (Only on the BHO). He scheduled time off work to meet with me in Spring Valley, Ca. to take the tour and then to jam a little bit afterwards.
Now imagine my surprise when I arrived and discovered there were no tours on Mondays. I was with my 6 year old grandson who is absolutely intrigued with the banjo and was just as excited as me, if not more, to take this tour.
As we hung around the show room waiting for my new friend Ed to show up; a really nice Deering representative (Carol) walked up to us and said she had over heard me say how disappointed I was for over looking their tour schedules and this may be my last chance in who knows how long, since I was from out of state.
She so very kindly offered to give us the (nickel) tour, and I was more than welcome to play any of the banjo's in the show room while I waited for Ed. I was so thrilled! I played a few tunes on a good number of banjo's and fell in love with the beautiful Mahogany Tenbrook Legacy with it's sweet warm sound.
Ed had arrived in the mean time and was just leaving as I seen him in the parking lot on the phone calling me to inform me of the bad news that there were no tours on Mondays. I excitingly told him I could see him in the lot and to come on in, because the tour was on for us.
Carol came in with safety glasses and off we went into the factory. The staff and employees were so kind, allowing us to take photo's in certain areas, where other areas were understandingly off limit's to photographing. What an amazing day we had. I am posting a few pictures here on my page for other BHO members to see.
Thank You so much Deering Banjo Company, you made the day for us, and no doubt created yet another young banjo playing customer for the future.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @1:06:40 PM
I was so looking forward meeting up with you again and to take the tour. I can tell you I was not dissapointed.
If we got the nickel tour, the full tour must be fabulous. Carol gave a great tour and explained a lot of how the banjos were made and who was doing what.
It was almost a "Religous Experience" and I must say that you should take the tour with another banjo buddy. Being able to share the excitement and ohhh and awww together is great.
I too found that I liked several of the banjos, and the budget looks good for a nice Goodtime till I can afford the Boston or Vega I liked.
Hope the trip out here continues to be great and look forward to playing banjo with you again.
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