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A dream has come true - my Stelling has arrived.

Posted by frianm on Saturday, March 8, 2008

Thanks to a variety of fund raising efforts on ebay and the HO I am now the proud player - it owns me - of a 1979 Stelling Whitestar.  I bought it from another member who was kind enough to work with me.  I spent the week checking on the tracking information!  I also have purchased a nearly new Ameritage case from another member which will arrive next week.  Meanwhile I can't keep my hands off the Stelling.  My wife celebrated her birthday the day the banjo arrived and was kind enough to ask me to serenade her - I did.

I have been also experimenting with various set up variations and am in the process of trading off some bridges.  When in my building mode I seemed to acquire a variety of heights and makes.  I have now settled on the Snuffy Smith uncompensated w/ Crowe spacing.  The banjo is now set up as I like her.  My sadness is that I am not sure that I can take her with me to Belize and Peru where I will spend April and May.  That is OK as I will take a smaller openback. 

I have thinned out the herd of banjos and may have to face the prospect of letting go one of the Gibson parts instruments.  One of these is still a project as I am getting a Huber rim and OPF to try in place of the TPF walnut beater rim I have been using.  Why change when it works?  I am a "P" person on Meyers Briggs and always looking for some new possibilities around the corner

Thanks John for the prospect of getting together in New England.  I am looking forward to retirement but actually will also be working some so as to keep health coverage.  I expect to be part time in Vermont and the rest - who knows, only God.

I am posting some pics below.  Good of you to read my ramblings

1 comment on “A dream has come true - my Stelling has arrived.”

Cottonmouth Says:
Saturday, March 8, 2008 @12:22:22 PM

Ian, I give you joy, my friend; what a fine banjo! No, you don't need to use this one for an underwater beater while on vacation. Take it to the bank vault while you're gone. Regards, Ken

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