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Why Buy Another Banjo?

Monday, July 17, 2023

I find that most people start out thinking that a Nechville would be a nice addition to bring in a new sound to their music, but they often end up with the new sound totally replacing the old banjo. 

It is a funny process. The more I play, the more I want perfection from my banjo, but we eventually get saturated with the sound we make and we want to change something, at least I do. I took a perfectly good sounding Saturn banjo and decided to oil the Renaissance head to get rid of the chalky look and I ended up greasing the top of the wood tone ring to make the tone ring transparent through the head. I had tried this when we first started to offer wood tone rings but had forgotten about the thing I called “Hydraulic head mounting”. Well it did something to the sound at least in my imagination and now I am super stoked about playing this one. 


At any given moment, our musical brains are seeking the perfectly expressive banjo tone for the circumstances. Our hands adjust and the tone adapts, but the best banjos seem to respond almost telepathically to our musical touch.  That is what I am finding with this banjo right now. 

Each banjo in my collection has its own personality. This one is warm and agreeable; musically expressive and plenty loud but seems less willing to show off in a raucous way. 

Whatever the rationale for a new purchase, you’d be adding to the world of musical possibilities and enjoying the process along the way.  I hope I can help you decide on a versatile and inspiring new musical tool. 

My Regards, Tom 612-275-6602.

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