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Angeline The Baker

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Size: 1,990kb, uploaded 5/2/2010 5:25:53 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This recording, played by my friend Chuck Middleton on his Chuck Lee custom openback banjo outfitted with a printed circuit board Pete Seeger style bridge, was on my Fostex MR-8 multi-track recorder, using a Digital Reference voice microphone.

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Angeline The Baker

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Size: 2,556kb, uploaded 5/16/2013 5:14:19 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the past couple of years, I have been doing live recordings of a local central Texas Band. Recordings at various venues for purposes of generating a new CD that the band can sell at some of the regional festivals where they play. We just finished the master CD. This will be track 1 of the CD. This cut was recorded at Threadgill's restaurant here in Austin, during one of their weekly Sunday bluegrass brunches. The banjo is a Chuck Lee Custom, fitted with a plywood Pete Seeger, Stu Jamieson designed bridge.

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Band Practice Excerpts DC Banjo Works Z/K 5 String Bridge

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Size: 823kb, uploaded 2/20/2015 11:16:55 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I cut these two clips out of a recording that our group made during band practice. Samples of how my early 70's RB-250 parts banjo sounds with one of David Cunningham's Zebra/Katalox bridges installed.

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Banjo In The Hollow

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Size: 1,135kb, uploaded 1/30/2009 4:30:53 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Recorded this yesterday (01/01/09). My teacher Eddie Collins arrangement of this song that I will be playing at my first recital in a "safety in numbers" group. I used my trusty drummer "Casio" to help me keep a constant slow tempo that will be used in the recitial. My Fender FB-58, a Damboozler bridge, & me.

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Banjo Sound Comparisons

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Size: 4,088kb, uploaded 8/6/2009 8:02:18 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Doing a bit of banjo & resonator sound comparisons. Recorded 4 banjos, starting with Art Horan's 1993 Gibson ESS, then a Japanese Aria with a modified Helix (tm) rim and Korean bottlecap resonator, followed by the same banjo with a Mastertone style resonator and concluding with a Global brand bottlecap banjo.

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Birch Plywood Steve Davis Bridge Sample

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Size: 583kb, uploaded 1/15/2015 8:01:00 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Had Steve Davis build me a custom compensated bridge out of some cheap Home Depot birch cabinet plywood with a bubinga cap. I asked him to also move the compensation profile and string slots toward the treble side of the bridge. This recording, made January 14, 2015 is that bridge, mounted on my 1973 RB-250. Drum Dial head tension at 91. Tony Pass Lost Timbre rim. Standard WK top-frosted head.

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Blackberry Blossom (Played Slowly)

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Size: 1,017kb, uploaded 5/26/2009 1:27:10 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

One of my jam buddies asked me to work on an old Gretsch banjo that he bought in 1958. I just finished setting it up and decided to record this tune with it. I realize that the playing isn't all that great. Wanted you to hear the sound of this pot metal banjo that was built back in the 20's or 30's.

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Blackberry Blossom Played on a Harmony Reso-Tone Bakelite Banjo

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Size: 719kb, uploaded 11/1/2011 7:08:51 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This is a recording of my friend Art Horan (Roll Player) playing an old Harmony Bakelite banjo that was donated to the Wounded Warriors banjo project.

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Blackberry Blossom X 4 Banjos

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Size: 2,944kb, uploaded 10/31/2011 2:22:02 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is Blackberry Blossom played by my friend Art Horan (Roll Player) on 4 different banjos that were donated to the Wounded Warrior project where I volunteered to repair, resurrect and set up the banjos donated to the project. These were dumpster bound and I managed to get them back into playing condition. The four banjos are a converted Alvarez Tenor, a Harmony Bakelite banjo, a heavily modified no-name Korean bottlecap banjo, and an un-modified Hondo Korean bottlecap banjo. In order they are Un-modified Hondo Bottlecap, Converted Alvarez Tenor, Heavily Modified Korean Bottlecap, Harmony Bakelite

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Boil 'Em Cabbage Down

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Size: 289kb, uploaded 6/13/2008 1:39:30 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is part of an arrangment by my teacher, Eddie Collins. It was last week's lesson. I can normally play this unless, that is, my computer is in record. My Fender FB.

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Bottletone Music Sample

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Size: 1,213kb, uploaded 4/22/2011 6:33:26 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is a test recording made today on my friend Art Horan's bottlecap banjo that I modified by cutting off the rim skirt and stuffing a 6 ply maple junk banjo rim inside.

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Cake Rack Examples

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Size: 1,702kb, uploaded 8/20/2009 1:51:59 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This recording has 4 segments, using two different banjos. First 2 segments played on Art Horan's Washburn (Frankenburn) B-14. The second 2 segments are played on a Korean bottlecap style aluminum rim banjo. Of the two sets of segments, one is played without the cakerack and the other is played with the cakerack in the resonator.

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Cripple Creek

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Size: 798kb, uploaded 10/12/2008 2:49:30 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Arrangement by my teacher Eddie Collins, played poorly on my Fender FB-58 with AMB Cryo strings with a craft stick (popsicle) bridge.

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Cripple Creek (Slowly)

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Size: 595kb, uploaded 5/21/2008 5:07:22 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

My first bluegrass effort. Not too fast & a few missed notes. I am currently working on learning this as part of my most recent banjo lesson. These are the parts that I almost know, recorded directly onto my PC using an old Radio Shack electret condenser microphone, played on my Aria aluminum pot (student) banjo.

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Defogger Bonanza

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Size: 5,280kb, uploaded 3/23/2012 4:07:35 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is a recording that includes 6 banjos played by Art Horan (Roll Player). It is his original song called Defogger Breakdown. Three of the banjos on this recording are tone ring flat head banjos. The other 3 are aluminum rim banjos in which I have installed various types of wooden rims as inserts.

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Devil's Dream

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Size: 885kb, uploaded 8/18/2009 4:08:34 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Ever since I heard this tune for the first time, I've wanted to learn to play it. It finally showed up in my lessons this month and I've (almost) learned it. This is my Aria in which I've installed a modified Helix (tm) rim that I made out of Douglas Fir. I don't think it's up to speed but it's my best effort right now, given my skill level and fear of microphones.

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Fireball Mail

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Size: 790kb, uploaded 5/21/2009 1:11:44 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This was recorded today. My friend Art Horan (Roll Player) is playing the banjo that I built using the neck & hardware from my Aria student banjo and a modified Helix (TM) pot that I built out of Douglas Fir. I have dubbed this pot "Crossfire" because, when I glued the pot up, I alternated the wood grain pattern between each piece of the pot.

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Hommage a Edmond Pariseau

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Size: 1,742kb, uploaded 4/3/2018 5:31:10 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

Ever since I quit obsessing about bridge construction, my efforts have turned to solo performances at different venues and helping several local bands with sound reinforcement and recording services. During this time, I've managed to accumulate quite an array of mixers, microphones, & other audio gear, either through purchase or because my friends know I hate for anything to go into the landfill and give me stuff they no longer need. I'm working with a newly formed Americana band in Leander, TX called Mason Creek and, two weeks ago, we got together to record some sample tracks to use to promote their band. This is a track that I recorded using 2 Russian large diaphragm Oktave condenser mics that were given to me by a friend. There's no banjo in this tune but I thought it was a neat little tune. I set the mics up in an X-Y stereo configuration and use two of the Aux channels in a Soundcraft Ui-16 wireless mixer to make this recording. I also recorded it in the built-in recorder on the mixer but I thought the condenser mic version was the best.

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John Hardy Banjo Comparisons

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Size: 1,612kb, uploaded 5/2/2013 5:29:15 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Made this recording today while my friend Art Horan (Roll Player) and I were doing a bit of banjo piddling. Two different banjos with identical setup parameters. One is a 1993 Gibson Earl Scruggs Standard. The other is a current model low cost Fender FB-300. Thought it interesting that, with a proper setup, even a cheap "student grade" banjo can sound pretty darn good.

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Junk Parts Openback Banjo Test Recording

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Size: 1,928kb, uploaded 12/4/2009 4:10:45 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I made this recording of my just completed openback banjo that I built out of miscellaneous junk banjo parts.

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