Posted by tonymarkey on Sunday, March 16, 2008
I had become enamored with a Deering Crossfire I saw online, but how to afford such a magnificent instrument? When lo and behold I WON a Collings Mandolin at Wintergrass this year. WHA?!
So I did what any good banjo picker would do --I sold it immediately, and am using the money to buy more banjers. First up, a Deering Crossfire electric banjo. Course then I'll need an amp. And a new head. And it should be set up by a pro. But who's a pro with this fancy 'lectric getup?
I guess I got Banjo Acquisition Syndrome --BAS-- officially. In all likelihood, I'll probably sell my 1980 Deering Deluxe though it's a great instrument. My biggest challenge is that here in the lovely Pacific NW there just aren't a lot of dealers for banjos I'd like to take a look at: Osborne, Prucha, Nechville--at least those-- in no particular order. I literally have to drive 100 miles to see the Osborne, Prucha doesn't have a dealer here, and I think nechville has a rep but no dealers. How is a guy supposed to compare them side by side?
So while I realize, fellow banjophiles, that my particular stroke of luck isn't easily duplicatable, it certainly does lend credence to the idea that if one is set on something it will surely happen somehow. Now if ah kin lern to play the thing.
Monday, March 17, 2008 @4:11:31 AM
Check with Greg Boyd ( Boyd's House of Fine Instruments) in Missoula. He makes it to several Washington festivals with his inventory of Prucha instruments.
Dusty Strings close to UW has some quality banjos to look at.
Hope this helps a little.
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