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.
on “the Charles Waldman”
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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