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Camo Frog Lawson Bridge: Camo Frog Bridge

Submitted by slammer on 3/14/2014

Where Purchased: Virgil Lawson BHO member

Overall Comments

         

I was lucky enough to win the 2014 Camo Frog bridge from Generous Virgil Lawson from Tazewell, Tn.  I recieved it this last week and finally had a chance to try it and thought I'd let ya know what I think. At first glance it is a unique and eye appealing piece of banjo candy finely crafted. Cool looking design and just different than most.  I had hopes that it would take my already great sounding Hatfield to the next level. After trying it on the Hatfield, I'm sorry to say the Hatfield didn't like it. I then tried it on my Gibson RB250 that has a swee mellow tone and can crack, but without much volume. Well, let me tell you........it kept the sweet tone and crack, but took the volume up to where I could never get it before. I had a scorpion bridge on it at the time which I love, but I think the Frog is gonna stay on the RB for now. Really brought out the tone and volume on the treble end, but kept the growl . Very nice.

Now , when Virgil sent me the Frog Bridge , he also generously sent a European Beech bridge that he made and sent me to try. Well, I already had the mindset that my Hatfield Special with the comped Original Snuffy Smith 2 wasn't gonna get any better.  WRONG!!!  To my surprise the Beech bridge changed the character of my Hatfield with more volume and more Growl, which I didn't think was possible.  There is another slight difference in tone that I have no idea how to describe, but I like it. It's subtle , but it's there. I put the Snuffy back on and within 10 minutes put the European Beech back on. The Beech bridge was at 1.9 g , very thin, but stable and might I add looks pretty nice too.

Not only am I a Winner. (I know, heard it before), but a double winner with volume on the RB and a new sound on the Hatfield.  

Thank You so much Virgil and Hope I get to meet you next time I'm in Tazewell. To thank you in person.Thanks again!!!

Slammer!!!

Overall Rating: 10

Bridges: European Beech Bridge

Submitted by slammer on 3/14/2014

Where Purchased: Virgil Lawson BHO member

Overall Comments

 

I was lucky enough to win the 2014 Camo Frog bridge from Generous Virgil Lawson from Tazewell, Tn.  I recieved it this last week and finally had a chance to try it and thought I'd let ya know what I think. At first glance it is a unique and eye appealing piece of banjo candy finely crafted. Cool looking design and just different than most.  I had hopes that it would take my already great sounding Hatfield to the next level. After trying it on the Hatfield, I'm sorry to say the Hatfield didn't like it. I then tried it on my Gibson RB250 that has a swee mellow tone and can crack, but without much volume. Well, let me tell you........it kept the sweet tone and crack, but took the volume up to where I could never get it before. I had a scorpion bridge on it at the time which I love, but I think the Frog is gonna stay on the RB for now. Really brought out the tone and volume on the treble end, but kept the growl . Very nice.

Now , when Virgil sent me the Frog Bridge , he also generously sent a European Beech bridge that he made and sent me to try. Well, I already had the mindset that my Hatfield Special with the comped Original Snuffy Smith 2 wasn't gonna get any better.  WRONG!!!  To my surprise the Beech bridge changed the character of my Hatfield with more volume and more Growl, which I didn't think was possible.  There is another slight difference in tone that I have no idea how to describe, but I like it. It's subtle , but it's there. I put the Snuffy back on and within 10 minutes put the European Beech back on. The Beech bridge was at 1.9 g , very thin, but stable and might I add looks pretty nice too.

Not only am I a Winner. (I know, heard it before), but a double winner with volume on the RB and a new sound on the Hatfield.  

Thank You so much Virgil and Hope I get to meet you next time I'm in Tazewell. To thank you in person.Thanks again!!!

Slammer!!!

Overall Rating: 10

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by slammer on 3/26/2010

Where Purchased: mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments

I too after reading reviews and seeing the demonstration on Mikes website ordered the Mute. I have to say this is the first $34.00 I've spent on anything banjo related that my wife hasn't B!*#@#$ (complained) about. Works great and I almost wish banjos actually sounded this way , but louder. Great sustain and such a mellow sound that almost puts me to sleep. You will not bother anyone playing with this mute. Buck up and get one, you wont't be sorry. Thanks Mike.
P.S. Very solid, nice looking , fast shipping, nice people!!!!!

Overall Rating: 10

Other: standard

Submitted by slammer on 3/22/2010

Where Purchased: Free promo from Banjomate

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I put the Banjomate in my banjo about a year ago and noticed some minor difference in sound/tone and pretty much forgot it was there. I recently purchased a new banjo and was cleaning it and forgot about the Banjomate in the old banjo. So I decided to try it in the new one and maybe it works differently in different banjos, but the change was huge as the volume and sharpness of notes came out and also seemed to increase the sustain. I then turned it 45 degrees and it sounded completely different. Mellowed out the sharpness , increased sustain and lost some volume. I was very surprised at the results and kept switching back and forth and coudn't decide which I liked best.
It depends on which song I was playing. I think this thing needs a remote control to change positions for each song. This new banjo will NOT be played without it. This gadget really works and is a must for someone looking for that little extra in sound without breaking the bank . Thanks Banjomate!!!

Overall Rating: 10

music 123

Submitted by slammer on 1/9/2009

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Recently purchased a Durafoam shaped case for my new banjo , some strings and a couple of harmonicas. Not only was delivery super fast but everything was packed well and perfect. Case was on sale for $34.00 what a deal. One week later I ordered a new head and recieved it in 3-days. Very good company to deal with.

Overall Rating: 10

Cases (Soft, Gig Bags): Durafoam Shaped Case

Submitted by slammer on 1/9/2009

Where Purchased: music 123

Overall Comments

Recently purchased a Durafoam Shaped case for my Epiphone mb250.
Didn't want to spend $89.00 for a case that I will never be traveling with. Got the Durafoam on sale at music 123 for $37.00 and this is the best deal and product I've gotten in a long time. Your banjo will be protected in a tornado with this thing. Should last forever as long as the zipper holds up. Way better than any gig bag and better than a lot of hard cases.

Overall Rating: 10

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