This is to let folks know that I've opened a new vintage instrument shop in Easthampton Mass called Goat Peak Strings. Together with Alex Gray, another long time luthier and shop owner we are selling, buying, trading and restoring all manner of vintage instruments. We also have some fine newer instruments on hand built by local custom makers. I specialize in violin repair and restoration and we have an impressive collection at very reasonable prices. I also have a dedicated number of banjo clients who rely on me for personalized set ups.
Recently, Louis Freilicher, local guitar, banjo maker and restorer has joined our crew. Louis and I have worked together in several other shops in the past.
Check us out at http://www.goatpeakstrings.com.Add Comment
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Playing Since: 1964
Experience Level: Expert/Professional
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Occupation: Luthier/music teacher
My current Mastertone is a ? conversion with an early Bill Sullivan maple neck. I call it "George". Tone ring is old but unidentifiable. Best sounding banjo I've ever owned. My current main open-back is a rosewood Yosco #4 that I restored and re-necked for Ray Alden and after Ray passed away several years ago, the banjo was returned to me because of its very special significance.
J.D. Crowe, Doug Dillard, Tony Trischka (and of course Earl Scruggs) are on the top of my heros list but lately I've been listening to Eddy Adcock finding new inspiration.
Ray Alden, Bruce Molsky, Mac Benford are a few of my old timey favorites.
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I started playing banjo at fourteen when every other "folkie" was getting their first guitar. After a couple of years I added guitar and in another two years I added fiddle to my list. I began teaching as well as my luthier apprenticeship in the early ?'s. My professional playing history includes bluegrass banjo player, Irish band fiddler, old timey style clawhammer banjo player, pedal steel and guitar. As I approach 70 I've recently closed up my last music shop but I continue to restore instruments in my home shop.
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