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Playing Since: 2009
Experience Level: Purty Good
Occupation: Physical Therapist/Trombonist
Banjos; Dean BW3 my wife bought me starting me down the slippery slope of banjophilia,
1988 Deering diamondback open-back long neck outfitted with arch top tonering, Bart Veerman bridge, Shubb 5th-string capo. Resonator added 10/12 (stolen from the Dean BW3) and golly that sure ups the decibels. Now the poor Dean looks even more like a bottle cap on a stick but by golly it still plays.
"Parts Banjo" with pre-war Kalamazoo pot and resonator, replacement neck, modern flange, tuners, tailpiece, hardware. Holy cow that old pot and reso sure do sing!
Trombones: big collection from 1918 Conn to 1993 Edwards/Bach hybrid
Bix Beiderbecke and the Wolverines, Pete Seeger, Steep Canyon Rangers, Earle of course but I haven't tried to learn Scruggs style yet. Maybe this year...
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Last Visit 11/20/2018
I make my living as a physical therapist and playing the trombone, mostly symphonic stuff. Have been principal trombonist with the Flint (MI) Symphony Orchestra for longer than I'd been alive when I joined up. Where does the time go?? As a little kid I inherited some great 78 RPM kids' records from my older sister, featuring Pete Seeger and the Weavers and I fell in love with that peculiar bump-diddy-bump Seeger-strum style seasoned up with hammer-ons and pull-offs and nice little counter-melodies to whatever was being sung. A few years back my wife took me seriously when I begged for a beginner's banjo outfit for Christmas. Turnabout is fair play though. Bought her a nice beginner's mandolin outfit for Christmas 2012 and I think she's becoming hooked.
'Old Kentucky Hills' 18 min
'Tuning For a Beginner' 2 hrs
'Vintage Armrest' 2 hrs
'10 7/8' 2 hrs
'Snowdrop' 2 hrs
'Storing skin head' 5 hrs