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Small change, big results

Posted by chuckles50 on Thursday, March 13, 2008

Today I changed the strings on my Deering Hartford banjo (after 10 months). Sometimes it's the smallest things we do that can make a biggest difference.  Following some good advice from the friendly folks (Grant McNeil) at the 12th Fret in Toronto, I put  on a set of Newtone custom medium strings. I had put off changing strings for far too long but finally found the time, patience and solitude to do it. I was delighted and amazed at the improvement in overall timbre, bite, tonal accuracy and sustain. The woody mellow tone of the Hartford grenadillo tone ring just sang out and the sustain seemed to go on forever.  What a delight! Note to self: do this every 3 - 4 months from now on!

2 comments on “Small change, big results”

banjotef Says:
Thursday, March 13, 2008 @9:34:53 AM

Now that your banjo sounds a lot better,  you will most likely be playing more often!   I recommend more frequent string changes!
Charlie Cushman stated in an interview that when he was playing on the road each day at festivals, he would change them every two days!    It depends on how much you play.   I change mine every
2-3 weeks,  when they start sounding too metallic and thunky!

chuckles50 Says:
Sunday, March 16, 2008 @11:55:25 AM

Actually Tom,
I recommend more frequent string changes as well!  Every two days sounds a bit excessive IMHO, but  every 10 months is just as crazy.

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