Posted by Enviroguy on Thursday, September 6, 2007
Well, it's been a busy summer. I had some great times this year and finally laid my hands on enough cash to acquire a great prewar (conversion) from Gary Price in Oklahoma. It is a Kel Kroydon rim and 30's pot assembly (nickel) all original tuners, nut, tailpiece etc. etc. and Gary Price's tone ring. Gary did a perfect job on the hearts and flowers inlay on the curly maple neck, which also has a Brazilian fretboard. The sound is bold and has particularly good bass end, but also has that clang that goes right through the old navel when you hit the 5th string. Gary Price is a great banjo player and I kept him up late playing this banjo and two others (a mahogany and a Mahogany neck-walnut res version) until I finally decided on the maple one. I love the sound of maple prewars and they just feel right to me for the needed volume and tone for performing and jamming.
My other banjo is a walnut Knight -- also a piece of craftsmanship from Gary. I was up on stage with this banjo once during the summer with my group, the Foggy Memory Boys. It was a blast. Hey, fellow advancing banjo players, wait till you get your first guy coming up to you after your stage gig and complimenting you on your playing! Yes, it happened to me. I thought he must have been talking about somebody else!
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