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Picks: Blue Chip Thumb Pick

Submitted by rturner on 2/8/2015

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No extra information here, just the facts.

Nice pick, very comfortable..

Not sure if I noticed a huge difference in tone.

JD Crowe version works nice for me.  Shorter blade has translated into more pick accuracy & speed and less head strikes.

Worth the money?  It's a very nice and comfortable pick.  I do play a bit better.  We will have to see if it lasts.  I can tell you that I don't regret buying far...

Overall Rating: 9

Ned Luberecki

Submitted by rturner on 2/8/2015

Overall Comments

What a great opportunity to work with Ned.  I'm blown away and better already.

Signed up on Ned's website- and taking lessons over video streaming from Michigan to Nashville.

Ned is an excellent player, super professional both from a skill level and teacher level and with a great sense of humor..

Highly recommended if you get an opportunity!

Overall Rating: 10

Bridges: Purcell Bridges

Submitted by rturner on 9/16/2013

Where Purchased: From the Website

Overall Comments

I am writing to you folks, who are like me and have a cheapo banjo and want to see if an upgrade will help.

I bought a Red Ambrosia Maple bridge, Crowe spaced, standard top.

I have to say it makes a HUGE difference.  I play the Washburn B-9 "canjo".  It has no wood rim, no tone ring.  Just an all aluminum body to attach a head and resonator.  Not bad for $125, but does sound like a $125 banjo.

After putting the bridge on, I noticed an immediate improvement in tone, sustain, note separation and just "color" from the banjo.

My banjo still doesn't sound like a Deering Saratoga Star, but it sounds a whole lot better than it did.  It was very much worth the $20-something investment!

Highly recommend getting one to stretch your investment to the next level - no matter what you have.

Overall Rating: 10

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