I'm playing a lot more with various local old time players in a variety of settings. Taking lessons with Russ Childers. Hoping that the Ohio Arts Council grant for an apprenticeship under him comes through for 2014/2015.
I replaced the original PegHeds tuners on my Snakewood/Dogwood Special with antique gold GOTOH tuners. I love them. The PegHeds were nice looking, but squirrelly in function. I also just yesterday installed an HO guage RR spike for a 5th string capo at the 7th on it and on my old Stew-Mac. Both look great and work fine. Got tired of the feel of the end piece of the Earl's Suspender Capo on the 1st string side when playing that fret. I will still use the suspender capo for anything other than 7th fret. That would only be in BG or Gospel music settings, likely.1 comment
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maryzcox replied to topic 'If you can't afford a Romero who is building great banjo's in the US ' 9 days
Playing Since: 1973
Experience Level: Intermediate
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Stewart MacDonald Kit circa 1972
Traded my 11" Chuck Lee with Mesquite fingerboard and wood tone rim (Rosie) for a gorgeous 24.75” scale cherry mountain banjo by Ryan Navey of Carolina Banjos. 8” goat skin head, Evo frets, brass tone ring, partial resonator back
Gorgeous Roy Smith 12" custom whyte laydie, the Snakewood Special
Concert Ukulele built from StewMac kit.
Baritone Ukulele being built from StewMac kit
Eastman 305 mandolin
Larrivee LV-03RE guitar
Two self built 26 3/8” scale 11” flat head tone ring open back banjos with mahogany and walnut block rims.
Dutch Cove Old Time String Band
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Built a Stewart MacDonald kit banjo in the 70's, began learning frailing and dreamed of building banjos seriously. Basically left both efforts in the basement for decades. Finished both into very nice, albeit quite heavy banjos a couple tears ago Just play clawhammer. I picked my banjo up a decade ago and started playing maybe an hour a day or so. I've learned a lot of tunes and even new techniques since then and now go to several local jams a week. I’ve made a lot of progress in playing skills and luthier skills both in the last decade or more. As for who I am....I worked as an environmental chemist for 30 years. Finished my working career doing computer support and network security work. I'm a DIY sort and I do most of my own home remodeling/repair, etc. I love dogs. I'm a fan of cosmology and try to understand as much of the development of the frontline theories in physics and understanding the universe as I can. I like kayaking, bicycling, and hiking. Pleasure reading usually consists of science fiction when I feel like wasting time. I'm retired and living in the mountains near Asheville. Built a couple of Ukuleles from StewMac kits a few years back. Love it here. Lots of Jams to play in and lots of friends in old time music now.
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