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Playing Since: 2001
Experience Level: Novice

Interests:
[Jamming]

Occupation: Photographer

Gender: Male
Age: 63

My Instruments:
1935 TB1 with a Huber flathead and a Neat neck,
Osborne Chief with Gold Huber... I want another prewar, too! But who doesn't?

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Shelor, Jim Mills, J.D. (the Man), Tony T., Scott, Ron, Ronnie... the usual suspects. And Earl, of course.

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Created 8/31/2006
Last Visit 9/27/2009

I'm a full -blown banjo fanatic. I first became interested in Bluegrass when I was invited to a party and heard Newgrass Revival. I became obsessed with them, and developed an ear for the sound. Then a client of mine brought over a bunch of Hot Rise records. That was that! I bought a guitar and got to work. A few years later I was invited to a bluegrass jam at a friendes home. I didn't know it then, but I was watching and unusually hot jam, many Winfield contest winners. I didn't know what a "jam" was, but I brought my guitar, a Larivee' single cutaway, just for kicks (wish I'd never sold that guitar, BTW). Luckily I had been listening to Lonesome River Band at that time, and was learning how to play along with the records, that's the only reason I was able to jam at all. I was hooked... it was as if I lost interest in all other music. Rock and roll seemed pretty stale and dull at this point. So, if you love bluegrass, you must love the banjo. I decided I needed to give it a try. I started with a Epiphone MB 250, basically a good Gibson RB 250 copy, a good starter banjo, and at $400 the price was right. I was pretty familiar with TAB from the guitar work I had done, that helped me get going. I found a local banjo teacher who got me started. Wichita, Kansas is a pretty good bluegrass town, lots of Pickers. The banjo champion Jeff Scroggins was working as a surveyor here. I had met him many times and got two lessons. He gave me an introduction to Tony Trischka's Hot Licks for Bluegrass Banjo. That's when I began a new journey. That's a great book, it's all there. Now that I was getting more serious I decided to upgrade my ax. Elderly sent me a look-see at a 1926 ball bearing. I wasn't sure about it, as I was just learning about pre-wars. I called Steve Huber. He said. "you don't want that thing! I've got an old ugly 1935 TB1 hat sounds really good, I'll give you a good deal" (and he really did!). I bought it. One of the best decisions of my life... really. I love that thing. I've never heard a banjo that sounds better... and I've heard and played some good pre-wars over the last few years. Until recently was terrified to play my banjo in a jam (I go to Winfield every year, do the land-rush, the works). 2008, was my first jam playing banjo! I did much better than I expected. So, I'm very excited about my playing. I've developed some great friendships with other banjo players. I must say, being around other players has been GREAT! That's what it's all about.

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