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The banjo reviews database is here to help educate people before they purchase an instrument. Of course, this is not meant to be a substitute for playing the instrument yourself!

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Bridges: Buulfrog bridge-

Submitted by Frailinaway on 8/18/2012

Where Purchased: Virgil Lawson, BHO

Overall Comments

I purchased the Bullfrog 3-in-1 bridge in an attempt to simplify the changes necessary with my long neck when using or not using a capo and going from frailing to two finger to three finger playing styles. This bridge meets those needs perfectly! The action can be raised or lowered by simply and quickly moving the strings to one of the three heights and they require a minimum of re-tuning in the new location. I couldn't be more pleased with the bridge!

Overall Rating: 10

Other: bracket for snark tuner

Submitted by Frailinaway on 12/23/2011

Where Purchased: Gill Manufacturing

Overall Comments

This is the third bracket for Snark tuners I have purchased from Steve Gill. This one was a 'special order' since the j-hooks were too far apart for the regular bracket to function. The time that elapsed from when I first enquired about Steve's making the bracket until I received it was remarkably short and the price was very reasonable. The bracket fits perfectly and I could not be happier.

Overall Rating: 10

Other: Snark tuner attachment bracket

Submitted by Frailinaway on 6/23/2011

Where Purchased: Gill Manufacturing

Overall Comments

Being able to attach a Snark tuner directly to the banjo is a real plus. I've purchased two of Steve's brackets and am extremely pleased with them. When I got my first one, my thought was: "This is so simple, why didn't I think of it?" The point is, simple or not, I didn't think of it but I"m very glad that Steve did. Both of my brackets are mounted on open-backs but I cannot see why they wouldn't work just as well on resonators.

Overall Rating: 10

Allan M. Winkler: "To Everything There is a Season"

Submitted by Frailinaway on 5/19/2011

Where Purchased: Oxford University Press

Overall Comments

The subtitle "Pete Seeger and the Power of Song" is an accurate summation of the contents of the book. This is not a collection of 'Pete Seeger songs', rather it tells how and why Seeger collected songs from many, many people and adapted them for his own use. He believes that people who sing together can more easily unite to address a common cause. The songs he collected, along with the many songs he wrote, were used in his activities as a union organizer and in his affiliation with the comunist party, during his blacklisting by the media as a result of the HUAC hearings, his work with the civil rights movement, protests of the Viet Nam war and his instigating the clean up activities of the Hudson River. Along the way, he 'founded' the "folk music phenomonen" and was well-respected by the big names in that genre of music. Basically, this book gives the political history of Pete Seeger's songs and activities.

Overall Rating: 7

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by Frailinaway on 3/27/2011

Where Purchased: directly from Mike

Overall Comments

I have purchased and used two of Mike's Mutes, one for my 5-string banjos and one for my tenor. They are easy to attach, stay attached, easy to remove and certainly do the intended job while attached. Mike's Mutes are head and shoulders above any other mute I have tried over the years. Now in the process of 'saving up' to purchase a couple more so I won't have to keep switching from one 5-string to another.

Overall Rating: 10

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