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1927 Style ONE: My New "Old" Banjo...Finally Playin' a Pre-War!

Posted by myork1 on Sunday, August 25, 2013

Someday finally came! Friday was a "Banjo Day" of a lifetime for me. Just over a year ago I bought a banjo. Not just another banjo...

A 1927 TB1!  I've spent many days and nights since dreaming about the day when I'd have me a real, live PRE-WAR BANJO of my very own. Never really thought that could be possible till I met Don Bryant and saw the work he does almost daily in converting these old banjos and many others to modern day marvels.

When I saw (and heard) Jim Fraley's banjo at Galax in 2012, I thought "I gotta find me one of those..." and last Friday I sat in Don Bryant's banjo playhouse and cracked open the case to see the finished product for the first time. all I can say! What an amazing banjo. Tone, clarity, sustain, volume, look, Can't say thanks enough to Banjo Dr. Don Bryant for all his craftsmanship, advice, counsel, and his friendship. His speed neck is nothing short of amazing. I have several other banjos, couple nice ones, but nothing comes close to this one.

Jim Fraley was right...about a lot of things. He's been a great friend as well and I'm excited to have this banjo that he inspired me to get. Thanks to Arnold Clayton for his pyramid ring! To Clifford Seales for the custom abalone inlay work (great work Clifford) that was really special to me, creating some patterns from other banjos that will go to my son and grandson one day.

I've played pre-wars before and have heard all the talk, pro and con, a lotta hype, a little mystique, etc. But to have this banjo in my hands and hear what happens when I play it (and especially when someone JIM, plays it), just can't wipe the smile off my face. :)

Looking forward to a lotta great Banjo Days ahead with my 1927 Style 1 Pyramid that is brand new with that great OLD SOUND, thanks in large part to Don Bryant for a beauty of a neck that was well worth the wait. Now I know what all that fuss is about...

Just posted up some of the pics here and on the Pyramid Group page.

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