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mike gregory posted a forum topic 'Since Gramma ain't available, I'm asking all y'all.' 2 days
Playing Since: 1973
Experience Level: Expert/Professional
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Occupation: One of them Lawyers
#F943-1 GIbson TB75 flathead (1938-ish) OPF with a Frank Neat 5-string neck.
#405-5-A Gibson (1935) TB3 former archtop OPF with Robin Smith 5-string neck and an early 30's full height flathead Mastertone ring inside. And 6 others . . . .
#8257-44 T or PB style 3 or 4 (? - original neck and resonator gone) archtop (1926) Gibson BB T&PF with Alan Jamieson 5-string neck.
Neat/Cox/Blaylock custom maple flathead made for me in 2005.
1977 Stelling Bellflower (walnut) (my main banjo for 26 great years).
1978 Stelling Whitestar (maple).
That's not too many, is it?
Banjo: Earl Scruggs (my first hero), Ben Eldridge (my second hero), Alan Munde, Bela Fleck, John Hickman, Eddie Adcock, Pete Wernick, and my new friend and an awesome picker, Jim Mills.
Guitar: Doc, Dan and Tony, also Kenny Smith and David Grier.
Mandolin: Sam Bush, David Grisman - about says it all. But you've got to add Kym Warner from The Greencards - a fantastic player. And who doesn't enjoy Sierra Hull's picking?
Bass: Missy Raines, Tom Gray, Marshall Wilborn.
I am pleased to have met them all.
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Played in local bands in DC/Maryland from 1973 to about 1982, and since mid-1990's I have been a fill-in/replacement player for several local Maryland bands, pick with Patent Pending and my group "Appalachian Flyer" along with bassist Tom Gray, was a very occasional member of the Dixie Beeliners and perform with Louisa Branscomb/Johnny Williams/Jeanette Williams as well. I'm currently a member of Valerie Smith's touring band. I was an 8 year IBMA FanFest/Showcase stage manager, and sometime all-purpose backstage assistant at the IBMA Awards. I have been honored to play onstage with Eddie and Martha Adcock, Missy Raines, Roland White, Larry Stephenson, Aaron Till, Pam Gadd, and many years ago with Buck White and the Down Home Folks (with Jerry Douglas, too)!. (I guess I'm somewhere between purty good and expert/professional - so I rounded up!).
'Gold Tone Arm Rest' 5 hrs