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the Charles Waldman

Posted by frailee on Sunday, January 28, 2007

Hey there!  Well, I just picked up a very old timey banjo that I found on one-of-a-kind craigslist out here in the bay area.  I heard it was a Charles Waldman whom I found very little about on the net, other  than that the only retailer is Gryphon Strings in Palo Alto.   So I called old Mr. Waldman up who happens to be an impressionistic brush painter of the Southern Sierra's and Doctor of sorts who likes the clawhammer style. 

Mr. Waldman makes a beautiful simple tool to really get back to the punchy and plucky Appalachain-style.  It's much different than a Bart Reiter or the Vega style, I've found out, with a much lower less imposing tone.  A pun on the "tubaphone" style, Waldman calls his unique 12" open-back head a "widowphone."  Whatever, it's just nice to have something made close to home and a bit stylish for its rarity.  Hope to make it my own. 

1 comment on “the Charles Waldman”

bigguitarbrad Says:
Sunday, July 24, 2016 @1:14:55 PM

He calls it his "Woodophone", because the resonator (yes, an open back resonator banjo) is made of wood. I have one, and it's a delight! Mine is a 12 string, almost 4" deep pot, strung with minstrel nylgut strings.... It's actually quite loud for an open back banjo.... Good luck on this one, Charles is a very kind, and approachable Chap.

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