Posted by clawfootcurt on Monday, February 4, 2008
I put a new calfskin head on my old Lyon&Healy banjo a couple weeks ago. It is so dry here that I've stopped tightening the head for fear of tearing it, or making it so it bottom's out this summer. I figure I should wait till spring or summer when it is humid again before I stretch it any more. This presents a small problem in that the tension ring has another 3/8 of an inch to go before it is flush with the head, and any time I fret strings up the neck past the 5th fret, they will hit on that band. Since this is not my main banjo, I figure I have the luxury of time though.
I had a good weekend in a way and a bad weekend in another. While my wife was gone on a ladies retreat, (I hate it when she's gone, I miss her), I finished up our taxes and also finished putting a mountain dulcimer stand together for her. Now it sits right out in our living room where she can pick it up and play anytime. Plus, I think it looks good adding to the decor of the room.
I have still been working on Boatman, and progress is good, albeit slow. I realy don't think there is a problem with slow, ( I hope it doesn't indicate that I shouldn't be playing the banjo) as long as I can play it well when I'm done. My practices are usually pretty short for this song, 10 to 15 minutes max, two or three time a day, and after about a month of this, it is starting to sound a lot less choppy. I would not be comfortable playing the song for anyone at this point, but I don't feel like I am in a hurry to be ready either. My wife has been very encouraging and doesn't seem to mind my going over this tune again and again.
OK, enough for now. See Ya!
Monday, February 4, 2008 @4:38:18 PM
Curt, I imagine that the lower your head sits (or sags) the action is affected somewhat. I am now snugging up a Fiberskyn head on my '26 Vega mandolin banjo, and have loosened the strings four times (so far) as I creep up on the maximum tension. I will not alter the bridge until I decide that I have finally arrived. Never a lack of humidity (or humility) here in LA (Lower Alabama)!
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