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I Ordered The Osborne Chief (Part 8)

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Jan 23, 2020 - 6:08:18 AM

8 posts since 3/22/2019

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Originally posted by leeave96
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Originally posted by TheChief

Bill asked about ugly tuners. They will definitely go on a fiddle peg head. Some people run when they hear the price, but if you are a serious banjo player and want the best, these are the right choice. Ask anyone who has them. I guarantee them. If within two weeks you are not satisfied with their performance, and they have not been altered nor abused in any way, and still in new condition, I will refund your money. The price is $285 plus $5 shipping in the USA.  Order the tuner by sending a cashiers check to; Sonny Osborne. PO Box 647. Hendersonville, Tennessee 37077. Include your mailing address Please.


Sonny,

Check is in the mail - take care and thanks!

Bill


Sonny - Received my ugly tuners, Flint Hill Special and Earl's Breakdown have returned to my banjo.

Thanks!

Bill

Edited by - leeave96 on 01/23/2020 06:09:09

Jan 28, 2020 - 11:49:12 AM

RatLer

USA

1729 posts since 2/8/2008

Hey Sonny, glad your rehab is coming along. I see that Bobby and Larry Sparks are going to be in Dayton, at the Masonic Temple, in April. That will be a great show!!! Would love to see you there as well...take care!!!

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:55:51 PM

844 posts since 2/24/2008

Hey guys and Gals, sorry to bust in, but where do most of you run the head tension (with a drum dial) on your Chief. I just got another Chief today. I'm getting ready to go over/check setup on it. I sold my last one, #122 to guess who? Tyler8, lol. Thanks, EE.

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:01:52 AM
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247 posts since 8/10/2006

Congrats on getting another Chief! They're tough to beat. As for the head tension on my mahogany Chief(Blaylock ring) it's set at around 93 with a drum dial.. This puts it around a b flat, if tap tuning.

For years I had it around 89/90 and it sounded very good.. A good friend of mind convinced me (yes I was very reluctant) to crank er down to 93 and it turned it from good to great. In the end though, it all depends on what kind of sound you want.

I

Jan 29, 2020 - 1:06:56 PM

844 posts since 2/24/2008

Wow! I don't doubt your word, but I would have never ran it up that high either. I set it this morning at 90 and went over the setup on it. I like to tinker. When I have time I may run it up some and see. Sonny, did you run a really tight head? I know it subjective. Lol

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:32:01 AM
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247 posts since 8/10/2006

It is subjective, no doubt. I read somewhere that the Blaylock ring sounds better a little on the tighter side... I finally broke down and tried it. For my banjo in particular, it made it more responsive and it still has the bottom end and mid ranges.

It's not "thin" sounding at all.

Feb 6, 2020 - 11:55:21 AM

2989 posts since 3/6/2005

hey Elkton. On the old Granada I set he head tension to 90-91 so when I started building thee Chief that's where I went and it sounded pretty good. I was never a tinker person. I worked with iot till it sounded and from that point on I didn't want to breathe on it for fear Krako would hear....and joyfully destroy the set up.

s

Feb 6, 2020 - 12:12:15 PM
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2989 posts since 3/6/2005

For your information, rehab ain't no fun. I still can't walk without a walker. But, I'm still doing my exercises daily, bought a very good stationary bicycle and doing that, so February 13 I will be 3 months out of surgery and I really can't see that much improvement, but I will keep it up. Jeff Markham tells me if I don't I will regret it the rest of my life. He put the fear in me....so I will continue, and also get the other knee done.

s

Feb 6, 2020 - 12:19:01 PM
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2989 posts since 3/6/2005

From the looks of the reply I sent for Elkton, I orta check my spelling a little more closely.

Greg. I would love to be there in April but I doubt I'll make this one. Tell them hello for me though and I'll be thinking of them, and you!

AND FOR ALL INTERESTED, I'M STILL DOING THE "ASK SONNY ANYTHING" ON BLUEGRASS TODAY AND LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT. IT APPEARS EVERY FRIDAY. COME JOIN.

s

Edited by - TheChief on 02/06/2020 12:27:13

Feb 6, 2020 - 7:45:13 PM

844 posts since 2/24/2008

Hey Sonny, Its actually Elston, I do live in Elkton Va. I answer to most anything, lol. Thanks for the reply on the head tension. I do have it at about 90 right now and it sounds good. this is my second Chief, both of them have been excellent banjos. I retired, and have thinned down a few instruments. I have a couple of old smelly Gibson's that I play most of the time. So as much as I like the Chief, I will probably sell it some time before long. I have been enjoying playing it though, Its a good banjo. Frank does build some of the best playing banjos I have played. Don't know what it is, but he knows how to build one. Sorry to hear your not getting around to good. I didn't know you had a knee replacement. I know quite a few people that have had it done and almost all of them had great success with it. Just keep working at it. Pray you get straightened out soon Sonny!

Mar 13, 2020 - 2:02:55 PM
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2989 posts since 3/6/2005

Word reached me from Daniel Grindstaff that Robin Smith has passed from this life due to complications of a massive heart attack. So Sorry. Rest in peace my brother

s

Mar 13, 2020 - 2:15:17 PM
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728 posts since 11/27/2005

That's too bad. I'm so sorry.

Mar 13, 2020 - 2:24:24 PM
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5556 posts since 10/13/2007

Sad news. Here's another thread on this from Jim Britton.

ken

https://www.banjohangout.org/topic/361667/1

Mar 13, 2020 - 2:55:47 PM

Brett

USA

2153 posts since 11/29/2005

Mr. Sonny we all know you stuck your toe in Vega waters in the 60s..but we don’t know if you ever have any consideration to the “other guys” the Fenders and Odes Back then?

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:49:12 AM

115 posts since 11/28/2005

Thought the world of Robin- he kept my fret work up for the last several years. Jewel of a gentlemen to be around. Prayers of peace and comfort to his wife, family and friends.

Mar 22, 2020 - 6:19:36 PM
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2989 posts since 3/6/2005

Mike, Ken, Brett, and Dan'l....Thank you. Robin was a good friend who came to lots of our lunches.  One of the best guys you would ever want to know. 

My last two Chief banjos were built by Robin. A standard Maple Gold 5 string Chief and a Maple, one of a kind 6 string Chief, also Gold. Workman ship is exceptional and the finish on both is very good. I made one change and I believe it improved the sound. The 6 string has the original style 4 Flying Eagle inlay. (Unlike normal flying eagle on regular banjos)  

I just liked MR. Bill Nelson, who owned the Vega Company. Really nice man and he adhered to my every wish and change. Martin Guitar made an offer he couldn't refuse...I guess...so he sold Vega to Martin.  Ode, and Fender just didn't feel right to me. Wasn't a big deal. I wasn't looking to make a living selling banjos. Never did.  Bobby was doing a pretty good job of doing that   (;-o

Rest in Peace Robin. You are, and will be missed by a bunch of us, for a long time. Peace to Gloria too. 

s

Mar 29, 2020 - 4:44:11 PM
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2989 posts since 3/6/2005

Joe Diffee diagnosed positive last week , died yesterday.

The Lowes and Walmart here are crawling with people standing 2 feet apart, trying on clothes, etc. Me nor Judy haven't been out of the house in over two weeks.

s

Mar 29, 2020 - 5:49:56 PM
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rbfour5

USA

1044 posts since 11/9/2010

Very sad news about Joe, only 61 years old. I’ll soon be 59, everyone stay safe, heed the social distancing, hand washing, etc. This is the real deal. My wife is a nurse, has had to self quarantine at home since Friday... don’t play around thinking this isn’t all that bad- that would be stinking thinking.
Stay well, everyone

Mar 29, 2020 - 5:59:22 PM

chuckv97

Canada

49135 posts since 10/5/2013

Sad,, Joe was a good one. Now John Prine is in critical condition.

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:57:31 PM
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RB00

USA

859 posts since 3/10/2006

John Prine? Oh no!!!

Mar 30, 2020 - 5:51:55 AM

115 posts since 11/28/2005

Very Sad- Folks need to take this serious... Big time-

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:00:04 AM

115 posts since 11/28/2005

Sonny- did you happen to remember Diffie playing the Bluegrass Circuit when he was young, long before th country days? Played with Billy Joe Foster i believe. Man he was a singer- wonderful memories of hearing him and others at the Opry.. So blessed to have been there. Pray for America..

Apr 2, 2020 - 4:12:37 AM
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Dieselten

Australia

396 posts since 2/21/2012

Just acquired an Osborne Chief; Blaylock tone ring, Jimmy Cox rim and resonator, Frank neat neck with inlays by Ricky Neat. Spikes at 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12 (just how I have my other banjoes set up), and what a glorious instrument. Kudos and respect to Sonny Osborne for this great instrument. All hail to TheChief!

In these very difficult times I wish all to stay safe, heed all the warnings and together we can beat this damn thing. Whoever made time, made plenty of it. Self-isolation and lockdown isn't fun at all, but it is a great way to get to know a new banjo or play the dickens out of an old, familiar one.

May 15, 2020 - 4:36:06 PM
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2989 posts since 3/6/2005

Banjo talk...Hey Ned, what serial number did you get? They are good professional GRADE BANJOS. I'm glad you're liking it.

This virus thing is the real deal I believe. I've been in the house for nearly 10 weeks. You just don't know who to believe. Politicians are all absolute born liars from the top to bottom. The news we get is what they want us to hear. So, just stay away from people, get grocery pickup, wear those damned masks, wash your hands every 10 minutes....and if you're apt to...curse every few minutes too. Just whatever makes you feel better and believe nothing you hear and only half what you see.

Joe...is a bad deal. I didn't know him but he lived with Raymond Huffmaster and Billy Joe when he came to town. He WAS a good guy when he came here but if you let it, music business and this town can do wondrous things for a person, but it can ruin one also. All according to which road you choose.

I haven't heard about, nor from Eddie Stubbs in nearly 3 months.

I sometimes wonder if our way of life will ever get back to what it was...just didn't realize how good it was, nor how much we had it made. Best economy and lowest unemployment in over 50 years. How good is that.

Well, I'm still doing ASK SONNY ANYTHING...tune in, write in. but above all keep you and those you care about safe and out of harm's way.
Love you all.
s

Edited by - TheChief on 05/15/2020 16:46:56

May 15, 2020 - 4:43:15 PM

chuckv97

Canada

49135 posts since 10/5/2013

Be well, Dr. Sonny. Good to hear from you. I read your Ask Sonny column every week,,, I like the stories.

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