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New CC-100+ openback

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A couple of months ago I bought a Gold Tone CC-100+ "factory new, cosmetic defect" banjo from the BHO classifieds.  GREAT deal, and I have yet to find the "defect" that the factory claims is there.  This banjo sounds really, really nice and is very easy to play (great neck!).    I converted it over to nylon strings but had to change out the tailpiece for an old Kershner I had on hand since the new tailpiece has some minor sharp edges, which are death for nylon strings.  I need to tinker with the bridge to optimize the tone for bare-finger playing, but I like this banjo a LOT, and for $399 shipped to my door I think it was a steal. 

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Playing Since: 1956
Occupation: Retired Navy (E-9) and retired electrical engineer.

Gender: Male
Age: 76

My Instruments:
Circa 1982 "Snowflake Special" hand-built flathead 5-string Bluegrass resonator banjo. Victor 5-string Banjola serial # 9. Gold Tone CC-100+ 5-string openback.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Most everybody is a favorite now, especially Tom Adams & Craig Smith, but Don Reno was my first favorite back in 1953. Also into classic-style bare finger picking of ragtime, etc.

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Born in Richmond, VA, and raised on a farm. Started teaching myself banjo in 1956, won the North Carolina State Fair banjo contest in 1963. Played with local groups between 1960 and the late 1980s but had to quit due to injuries to the fingers of my right hand. I've been trying to get back into it since 2005 but it's slow going because of arthritis in the finger joints. I jam occasionally and for almost two years played a number of gigs as half of the Bluegrass Duet "Lost Corner" but it was too time-consuming. At present I am dabbling with several alternative styles including "minstrel" style, old-time frailing, and classic finger-style using a Gold Tone CC-100+ with nylon strings. My instruments include a 5-string banjola by Victor (formerly EVD) Instruments which is a lot of fun for folk music, jazz, classical & Irish pieces. **************************************************************************** In the real world, I'm a retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) and a retired electrical engineer with nearly 30 years experience in radio broadcasting, defense electronics and telecommunications. I have B.S. and M.S. degrees, am a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and co-holder of a patent in electronic design. I also hold several commercial radio operator licenses including a Radiotelegraph (T), General Radiotelephone (PG), and GMDSS Maintainer (DM), all with the Ship Radar Endorsement. ***************************************************************************** My other hobbies include Amateur Radio (licensed as K4MSG since 1957 and have always been an avid radiotelegraph operator as well spending time in the past dabbling in various digital modes including meteor scatter and Earth-Moon-Earth (aka "moonbounce" communications) and occasional astronomy (I use a 3.5" Questar Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope). I love to read, especially history, and have dabbled in historical research on topics of interest including evolution of the 5-string banjo, development of certain types of telegraph keys, wireless telegraphy, the Revolutionary War involvement of my Pennsylvania ancestors (who arrived from Germany in 1754), etc. Finally, I enjoy occasional wood-working and am a casual do-it-yourselfer around the house. My wife & I enjoy travel, especially cruising on Princess Cruise Lines (14 cruises so far).

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