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I echo what DrBillM wrote a bit earlier. I recently traveled to ATL a second time after almost two years, because some of the banjos I had seen on the Hohwald Banjo Warehouse site on facebook had caught my eye. I spent a full day with Geoff and Andy and 10 banjos, playing, comparing, having fun. There was a particular one that I liked but it had a few issues. Andy set to work on it for about two hours, and what he came back with by lunch time was a different banjo than what I'd picked in the morning - it was impressive. In the meantime, I was picking away to my heart's delight, comparing the different sounds and feels, ordering the instruments in a "priority rack", and just having a great time. Along the way, I learned a lot more banjo lore, we traded licks and discussed all things banjo that came into our heads. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day. I have been to many music stores in my life but Hohwald Banjo Warehouse is a pretty special experience for a banjo player. Not many places where you get to compare-play instruments from 1929, 1934, 1988, 1994, 2004, etc., and all of them Gibsons (they've got other brands but that's what I was interested in). Small wonder I left for the airport with my favorite in the afternoon. Been playing it ever since, a great banjo at a great price, sold by wonderful people. A very enjoyable day with a wonderful legacy...
Overall Rating: 10
I was planning to head down to Atlanta for some family business and contacted Geoff Hohwald at Banjo Warehouse (firstname.lastname@example.org 404-218-8580 2947 East Point Street East Point Georgia 30344) to see what the fuss was all about. I asked if he was interested in a trade as I had a Deering Maple Blossom with some extra features. He said "Sure bring it down". He said to just call when I got into town and I did so. He then met me at the mothership of all vintage banjos. I was looking for a walnut banjo and sadly the one I had come to see had sold a day or 2 before. He then spent about an hour or more digging through his astonishing inventory of banjos and kept finding another one for me to try. I eventually chose a 1997 Deering GDL. It was a great banjo and with the trade, and after he had "sharpened his pencil a bit", we found a number that we could both live with. Then, Geoff proceeded to give me some of his great teaching materials and a quick lesson on backup skills that was elegant in its simplicity and truly useful. He demonstrated how you could play a pretty straight backup, then add a little augmentation and then some really cool stuff with very minor left-hand work. Whoa-how cool is that? I then got the banjo home and was starting the cleanup process which was really unnecessary and found that the banjo I had purchased had previously belonged to professional player and ground breaker Barry Waldrep. Anyway-I would highly recommend Geoff and Banjo Warehouse in Atlanta and will return there for any future banjo purchase.
Overall Rating: 10
'Double Gourd Fretless' 3 hrs