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Posted by robin jones on Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Fults Cumberland tailpiece and the original Deering head have restored my banjo and me as well. It sounds like a fine banjo again. Not exactly like it did with the Deering tailpiece. I think that perhaps it has a little more sustain now and more volume on the extreme low-end. The main thing is that it's playable.

For those of you that haven't held one in your own hands, the Fults is a finely crafted work of art. I'm honestly not sure I've ever seen anything that was made better. It's all but idiot proof too, which makes it perfect for me.

Even the Fults, though, wouldn't breathe life into the Deluxe with the so-called high crown Remo heads from Elderly. I took a nice little hit to the wallet from all this, not to mention the aggravation and lost practice time. I don't expect them to but I'll email Elderly tomorrow and give them the chance to make it right. A more experienced banjo gear-head would have almost certainly noticed something was amiss right away. Anyway, it's over.

Except I can't really pick up where I left off. After nearly two weeks, I've lost whatever train of thought I had and will have to begin again going forward. It's mostly about getting back to basics until I can clean up my playing and instill it with some much needed punch.

Also I'm seriously considering buying another banjo in '09. I'm a crappy luthier and banjo mechanic and can probably expect to have an instrument down for some time any time I attempt anything more involved than changing the strings.

Anyway, I guess all's well that ends well.

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