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My Instruments:
While I play Guitar, Banjo, and Harmonica, and I mainly collect (or I should say, collected) guitars, I have 3 banjos:

1965 Ode extra long neck (unfortunately in a bad state of condition)
2014 Chuck Lee 12" Custom with Dobson ring
1904 A.C. Fairbanks Whyte Laydie No. 7

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
I'd have to write a book to list my favorite bands/musicians, but to just stick to talking banjo, of course I loved Flatt & Scruggs, but my favorite bluegrass group was The Greenbriar Boys. I have to give a nod to Pete Seeger who inspired me to play and whose book got me started, but bringing this more up to current times, I'm interested in Mark Johnson and his Clawgrass technique. But I'm completely astounded and inspired by Michael Miles.

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I have quite a collection of interesting guitars. But since this is a banjo forum, let's focus on banjos! I have a 2014 Chuck Lee 12" Custom with a Dobson ring and an unusual but excellent 1904 Fairbanks WL 7 whose headstock you can see in my photo. I also have a 1965 Ode long neck hanging around on which I first learned banjo, but I ashamedly allowed that to fall into a state of disarray. While I originally loved bluegrass and wanted to learn Scruggs-style banjo, in my time there were no teachers of that style around and no way to see it. All I had was the Pete Seeger book. Being really young at the time, I couldn't make much of the 2 pages he devoted to that style, but I had some natural affinity for the clawhammer style (we called it "frailing" then), so I picked that up fairly easily. Today, I've lost that long-ago interest in Scruggs-style and have spent the past year re-opening the door to clawhammer playing. I'm working through parts of the Perlman book and have taken an interest in Mark Johnson's "Clawgrass" style, having obtained his DVD method. But as I said elsewhere, I'm most inspired by Michael Miles. The "problem" is that guitar is my first love and I have to spend most of my available time working on that (I go through periods where I study different genres, currently Gypsy Jazz) so banjo learning takes a back seat. I can do a lot with clawhammer and even some drop-thumb technique, but I haven't really taken the banjo much past the standard open G tuning. I will with time. It's a wonderful instrument.

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