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Carolina Guitar Show Aug 23-24

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Had a lot of fun this weekend unveiling and demonstrating our improved mechanical tone control amps for banjos and guitars (see classifieds for info) at the Bee Three Vintage Carolina Guitar show in Charlotte, NC. Great show! - Helpful staff and friendly help from the folks at Bag Man Gig Bags in the next booth. (Bag Man sells great looking gig bags - check em out.) We received many compliments on the sound of our tone amp mounted in my Gibson Mastertone and made believers of sound surface waves out of a lot of folks. ("You can't see 'em, you can't feel 'em and you can't hear 'em, folks, but they are there!" - I sounded like a snake oil salesman!) Sound surface waves are the "gospel" that I preach trying to convince people in the musical instrument industry that surface wave management is the key to great sounding but inexpensive instruments. I was demonstrating this to one fellow - changing the tone of a Gibson by inserting tone squares of brass, steel and wood between the tone amp's sound pickup point (a bolt head) and the banjo's wood rim when he said, "What does paper sound like?" I said, "I've tried all kinds of paper and none of it sounds very good). He said, "Stick one of those business cards in there". When I did the sound of the banjo just died. I said, "Now, do you believe that surface waves exist?" He said, "Yep". (Why else would sticking a business card in a banjo make any difference?) And just like that we invented the "Business Card Banjo Mute"! A lot of banjo players don't realize that guitar shows such as the one in Charlotte this weekend have a good many banjos for sale. And they are certainly a better place to buy a banjo than over the web because you can try them out, examine them carefully and discuss the price. The Vintage Guitar Magazine web site lists many of the shows. Entrance is usually free if you take an instrument you'd like to exchange or sell. If you don't the entrance fee us usually about $10. Add Comment

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Occupation: Retired Army, Invent & Sell Sound Enhancing Devices

Gender: Male
Age: 83

My Instruments:
Gibson Mastertone tenor (tuned CGDA), Violin. Tenor Guitar (GDAE)

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John Cali, Eddy Davis, Tim Allan and Howard Alden, John Becker

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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. 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, tenor guitar and violin. 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 now enjoy playing for my own entertainment and making and selling sound improvement attachments to banjos, guitars and violins from my website. 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 download the book free at the downloads page of my website. I've learned a lot from BHO members and hope I can help others by sharing what I've learned about sound mechanics.

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