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Arkansas Traveler - Cubley banjo sample

Posted by jbalch


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Size: 645kb, uploaded 3/12/2011 1:25:25 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

6 comments on “Arkansas Traveler - Cubley banjo sample”

Sandy Bob Says:
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @6:36:45 AM

Hey John,

Super version of that song but we need more, more! What do you have on that banjo, a 12 foot rim with an elephant hide head? I have heard bass fiddles sound more brassy than that banjo. Good tone. You know that the sound waves from those low bass deep tone banjos travel a long distance. I hope it wasn't you and that banjo that dislodged the plate that caused the earthquake in Japan. Bob Flesher

jbalch Says:
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @6:46:33 AM are too much. Thanks.

Did you know that this banjo design was the subject of a patent infringement lawsuit between H. C. Dobson & Cubley? The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme court. Cubley won.

DEmery Says:
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @10:23:58 AM

John I dont know that you played that for me before. As always it does sound great. David E.

jbalch Says:
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @12:36:05 PM


I did not keep that banjo long. I bought it on ebaY and re-sold it fairly quickly. It was a cool instrument and all original. The old rosewood tuners were very unique. When I got the Cubley, I also had an H.C. Dobson which I considered to be superior.

The sound sample was recorded using an audio technica stereo mic positioned very close to the head . That type of mic placement sometimes creates a "proximity effect" which enhances the bass tones. It was also tuned low. That was a cool sounding banjo for sure. But it did not sound quite that "huge" in person.

TerryKins Says:
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @7:42:39 AM

Sure is a nice sounding banjar...Good playin'.

Don Borchelt Says:
Friday, April 26, 2013 @6:12:17 PM

Now that's a deep, rich sound. Fine, fine picking.

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