Posted by Stev187 on Friday, January 5, 2007
Today, my 3-year old daughter Julia and I took a short trip (one hour) to Elderly Instruments to visit "the banjo store," as she called it. My mom got me a $50 gift cerfiicate. Can't leave that lying around collecting dust.
Admittedly, Julia didn't allow for very serious playtesting, but I had the same experience I've had every time I sit on the banjo bench at Elderly. Ain't no banjo souding as good to me as Bart Reiter #46.
I played some Chuck Lees, some other Bart Reiters, some of Doc's Banjos (I was happy to see these after drooling over the workmanship online). I have always loved my Bart Reiter, and there's nothing fancy about it at all. In fact, it's a one piece neck. It's as plane jane as they come. I simply love it.
I have often thought it was haunted. I swear that when I worked at Elderly in the early 1990s, a haunted Kalamazoo acoustic guitar came through the store. It was priced at $325, and I should have bought it on the spot. That guitar was meant for me, and it's gone forever.
I purchased a Sampson bridge for the Bart Reiter, and I like it. It's a little, well... pretentious looking. But it does improve the tone. Nice bridge.
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