I recently invented a pair of high and low frequency mechanical amplifiers and sound quality enhancers for all banjos which will eventually be offered for sale on BHO. It is, by far, the best device that I have invented to improve the sound of banjos, and work is continuing on a version that works on acoustic guitars. The two amplifiers are taped, side by side, to the inside surface of a banjo's rim and are easily moved about for maximum performance.
Excellent five string player and "Banjo Newsletter" regular contributor ("Earls Way"), Bob Piekiel, will be using it in his banjo in a banjo jam the Greater Nashville area on March 25, 2019, and I will be performing with it in a gig in the Atlanta area in my Gibson tenor on March 29, 2019. We expect that it will "knock the socks off" both audiences!
If that happens look for my BHO ad soon offering them for sale. You can also easily make your own because dimensioned drawings and an explanation of how they work are already posted on my website, GeigerAcousticDevices.com.
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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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