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Where Purchased: Banjo.com
Waffling back and forth about getting a setup video, I decided to start with the Deering video since I am a Deering owner.
This video is basically a presentation at a music store. The whole thing is filmed in one take. Greg Deering proves to be and interesting speaker. There is as much or more history than there is banjo setup. You find out how the company started and what Greg's personal history is. It could be of great interest if you're a Deering fan or owner. I did learn a few tricks about setting the bridge etc but was mostly confirmed in my care of my own banjo. For instance, he talks about the truss rod adjustment but not in detail so I'm still not sure what I'm looking for when adjusting the truss rod.
It's a good starter video which is what I wanted but would still need more info to attempt an overall setup. I'd like to see a video that is edited where you don't have to watch someone turn every single hex screw etc.
In my town the movie critics have a rating system that goes: Full Price, Matinee, Rental or Don't Go. I'd give this video.. a rental (possible matinee on a rainy day)
Overall Rating: 6
Where Purchased: jdmc or banjo .com
I like the one with the plastic end. I tend to bear heavy on the thumb notes and this pick
helps me maintain consistency with all of the notes and as a former reviewer noted.. it ends the problem of getting strings stuck in your pick.
the plastic could be a bit longer but I got used to it fast. it gives the bass strings and nice clear resonant sound.
excelltent for melodic tunes.
Overall Rating: 8
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