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New "Butterfly Timbre Amplifier For Banjos, Acoustic Guitars and Mandolins" Coming Soon

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Recently I invented a new movable mechanical amplifier which, like my "Movable Tone Amplifier for Banjos" and "Banjo Bass & Enhancer Amp", (see them under "Banjo Accessories Ads here), is constructed from cardstock, tape, staples, and thin musical woods and metals.  But unlike those current products the new amplifier is much, much louder and has greater sustain and improved sound quality.  The improvement over those products is so great that it even increased the volume and sustain of my guitar and mandolin!  I've named it "The Butterfly Timbre Amplifier For Banjos, Acoustic Guitars, and Mandolins" because it looks a lot like a butterfly and works on all those instruments.  I gave my fiddle away last year so I can't say yet if it works on a fiddle but it may.

I get the best sound from my Gibson Mastertone tenor with all three products installed so the Butterfly Amp did not replace my earlier products, but it is certainly is the most impressive of the three.  So it should be the first to purchase if you are not already a customer, especially if you also play a guitar or mandolin.

The price for the Butterfly Amp hasn't been set yet but it will probably be about be about $19 plus $1 postage in the U.S. and $2 postage to other countries.  It should be available for purchase in the next few weeks so please watch for our ad for it under "Banjo Accessories".  Frank Geiger ("yellowdog")

 

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Age: 80

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Gibson Mastertone tenor (tuned CGDA), a modified Gold Tone Irish Tenor (tuned GDAE).

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THEN: Born and grew up in Brunswick, Georgia on the coast. After high school I went one year to Georgia Tech in Atlanta and then to West Point where I graduated in 1960. After a 20 year Army Career in Infantry and Ordnance Corps I retired from the Army and sold computer and engineering software and services for a number of companies and did some part-time college-level math teaching and tutoring. Along the way and later I performed professionally as a tenor banjo soloist/vocalist for over 26 years in the Atlanta, Georgia area - mostly putting on one-hour solo shows for seniors by playing and singing old popular "hits" often called "America's Songbook". I also include a few early jazz, blues, country, and unusual tin pan alley tunes and included short, interesting anecdotes between tunes about the old performers, composers and times. Recently for seven years until 2015 I also played Irish style tenor banjo on a GDAE tenor before losing interest and going back to playing old American hits using chord melody on my CGDA tuned Gibson tenor. NOW: Arthritis and a broken left hip in 2015 (which resulted in a loss of feeling in my left hand fingertips) effectively stopped my banjo playing, but the feeling is returning to my fingertips and I hope to entertain again on a very reduced schedule and perhaps do a little recording if I can play well enough. I enjoy reading non-fiction, especially related to new discoveries in science, new inventions and methods which were used to advance knowledge. Several years ago I wrote a 30-page book (PDF file) titled "Build Any Chord, Anywhere" for tenor banjos and other fifths-tuned instruments which uses a unique color graphics approach to understand and build chords. The first part of the book explains the basics of chord theory so is applicable to any chord instrument but the focus is toward instruments tuned CGDA or GDAE. Prior knowledge of music isn't necessary to use the methods in the book. You can read the book at this link courtesy of Calgary Uke: http://www.calgaryuke.com/ukerichard/tenor/Chord%20Builder%20For%20Fifths%20Tuned%20Instruments.pdf I've learned a lot from BHO members and hope I can help others by sharing what I've learned about banjo sound mechanics and playing and entertaining with the tenor.

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