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I Ordered The Osborne Chief (Part 8)

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Dec 23, 2010 - 7:35:39 AM

406 posts since 10/10/2004

Janet Davis music has a nice looking mahogany Chief for $3295.00 if anyone wants a nice banjo. I have a maple Chief and to me its the best sounding new banjo I ever heard

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Dec 23, 2010 - 2:13:41 PM

4045 posts since 6/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by maurice minger

I have a maple Chief and to me its the best sounding new banjo I ever heard




LOL I'd say that very same thing about my WALNUT Chief!

Merry Christmas Y'all!

Dec 23, 2010 - 3:16:08 PM

2979 posts since 3/6/2005

More Maple by far because that's all we built in the beginning. The Chief satrted in June of 1998 as a direct copy of my 1934 Granada which is Maple. Then Mickey Flatt in Oklahoma wanted a Mahogany. Mind you he had a Maple and liked it, but he wanted a Mahogany which I made for him. It was to be the only one but then a strange thing happened. He liked it better than the Maple so he sold the Maple.
Mickey is a pretty decent banjo player and I knew that he knew what best suited his playing, and he could surely tell the difference. So, I figured I may as well get into it and make available all three. Maple, Mahogany and Walnut.
Consequently, several out there has all three, and a couple have four Chief banjos. The extra one being engraved.

Thank you Mickey.

s

Dec 23, 2010 - 3:31:47 PM

822 posts since 2/24/2008

Thanks for the reply Sonny!

Dec 23, 2010 - 5:06:49 PM

300 posts since 4/4/2005

Sonny is correct about me wanting the mahogany Chief banjo. My only regret is that I sold the maple one I had. I do hope to have another maple one someday. I do love my mahogany chief banjo and play it 90% of the time. I haven't found anything that beat's a chief banjo except for maybe 5 or 6 original prewar flathead's that I have played. And I still haven't played ANYTHING better than Sonny's old Granada. When you play it and you lay it down, it's as if it look's back at you and say's "Is that all you can do?". I feel honored to have played that banjo on numerous occasion's, but I alway's left feeling like I needed to go back home and practice more.

Let me say here that Sonny Osborne is one of the "good guy's" in the music business. He alway's shoots straight and is as honest as they come. Now, if you are one of those folk's that can't handle an honest answer, then don't ask him..haha. Some folk's seem to want thing's sugar-coated. He's not that kind of guy. That's what I like about him. Straight and to the point. I wish I was alot more like him in that aspect.

If anyone out there is ever in Oklahoma and want's to play my mahogany banjo, just send me an email and I will be more than glad to get with you. I have alway's been a maple guy, and still am at heart, but this particular mahogany banjo really fit's me.

So, go get you all a Chief banjo for Christmas. They are the best out there!!!!!

Merry Christmas.

Mickey Flatt

Dec 23, 2010 - 5:09:09 PM

300 posts since 4/4/2005

Should have read:

So, you all go get a Chief Banjo for .....


Sorry, my grammar isn't what it used to be. ha.

Mickey

Dec 23, 2010 - 6:30:33 PM

1260 posts since 3/24/2006

Mickey, you're close enough to Arkansas that you can say "you all" hehehehe!
Merry Christmas my friend!

Dec 23, 2010 - 7:37:51 PM

300 posts since 4/4/2005

Robby, we need to get together.....I have a ccccccoooooollllll banjo to show you. Maybe after the holiday's we can come to Springdale. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2010 - 3:32:57 PM

2979 posts since 3/6/2005

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

AND THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING GOOD FRIENDS.

Sonny Osborne Banjo Company
P O Box 647
Hendersonville, TN 37077
chiefbanjo@comcast.net
615-824-0096
web site: sonnyosborne.com
"IN GOD WE TRUST"

Dec 24, 2010 - 4:17:42 PM

113 posts since 11/22/2005

MERRY CHRISTMAS SONNY AND TO ALL YOU CHIEF OWNERS... AND EVERYONE ELSE AS WELL.

Dec 24, 2010 - 4:58:57 PM

2996 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by maurice minger

Janet Davis music has a nice looking mahogany Chief for $3295.00 if anyone wants a nice banjo. I have a maple Chief and to me its the best sounding new banjo I ever heard

MERRY CHRISTMAS





I contacted Janet Davis Music about this banjo......it recently sold to a guy from Japan......Dang it....

Dec 24, 2010 - 5:52:42 PM

317 posts since 1/15/2007

Merry Christmas Chief and Chiefsters!!!

Aaron

Dec 25, 2010 - 5:12:58 AM

John J

USA

2420 posts since 7/31/2005

Merry Christmas Sonny and everyone.

John

Dec 25, 2010 - 6:12:07 AM

2857 posts since 8/11/2004

Merry Christmas, Sonny and all the Tribe!
Three different people have given me the same ornament. It's a "Christmas Jamboree"...Banjo playing moose, Santa on Guitar and a penguin doing whatever it is penguins do. It's pretty fun!

Have a great one!

Dec 25, 2010 - 6:35:35 AM

130 posts since 5/26/2005

To Sonny, Steve, Stan (Stan, we missed you at the Banjo Retreat) and all,

I certainly hope you are all having a blessed Christmas.

I have been swamped with work so am behind on what's happening on this thread. But today will be a quiet day except for playing my Chiefs on and off. It's hard to say which I like best. I get a lot of comments on the engraved mahogany - the banjo ,not my playing. I am blessed to have those banjos and also to be able to attend the Banjo Retreat. The Retreat has been the highlight of my year. I will not be able to make it in 2011. I was asked to teach a course in Little Rock. I took a gamble on the weekend and took the wrong one. But I hope to get to NashCamp instead. BTW, I also played Silent Night last night on the violin. Only that song, only on Christmas Eve. I have my grandfather's violin and that was the only time he played it. I do it to remember him.

Have a great new year.

Rick

Dec 31, 2010 - 5:05:36 PM

2979 posts since 3/6/2005

2010 has but 5 hours to live.
My Mom was 101 Dec 29.
I'm very thankful she is still with us.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sonny Osborne Banjo Company
P O Box 647
Hendersonville, TN 37077
chiefbanjo@comcast.net
615-824-0096
web site: sonnyosborne.com
"IN GOD WE TRUST"

Dec 31, 2010 - 5:40:05 PM

10194 posts since 7/4/2004

Happy New Years, Sonny and God bless your Mom.

Dec 31, 2010 - 7:22:17 PM

724 posts since 9/13/2005

Sonny,
I can't say it better than El Dobro, so I'll second that from Arizona.

And add: "God bless and protect our soldiers, police, and fire fighters!"

Dick Huyett
PickaFive

Jan 1, 2011 - 5:08:34 AM

John J

USA

2420 posts since 7/31/2005

Happy New Year Sonny and to all reading. I hope 2011 is better than 2010. We sure need it to be.

John

Jan 1, 2011 - 8:03:26 AM

2979 posts since 3/6/2005

John J, reckon we need "change."
Where have I heard that before?

Funny, New Years day looks just like one day last week...duh!

Thank you Don, Dick, and all. Police, Firefighters, and Soldiers. Man, they give so much. In my opinion, we can never thank them enough.

s

Sonny Osborne Banjo Company
P O Box 647
Hendersonville, TN 37077
chiefbanjo@comcast.net
615-824-0096
web site: sonnyosborne.com
"IN GOD WE TRUST"

Jan 1, 2011 - 3:48:57 PM

John J

USA

2420 posts since 7/31/2005

[quote]Originally posted by TheChief

John J, reckon we need "change."
Where have I heard that before?

Ah yeah,right.

John

Jan 1, 2011 - 3:53:52 PM

2996 posts since 6/29/2003

My new years resolution is; if I ever get another Chief......I won't sell or trade it.......:-).....

Jan 1, 2011 - 4:45:39 PM

317 posts since 1/15/2007

Jan 1, 2011 - 5:10:01 PM

2979 posts since 3/6/2005

That picture was made in the studio of CKLW TV in Windsor Ontario Canada, in the winter of 1954 or early 1955.
The banjo is an original five string RB3 raised head, 1929. Owned now by Byron Robins of Knoxville TN.
I have a set of clamp-on tuners made by Haze Hall of Knoxville. They worked well. Also you might notice a mute between the bridge and tailpiece. This would tend to eliminate the typical hollow raised head tone that a skin head on that banjo produced.

I recorded quite a few sides with that banjo, until, and even after buying the RB3 flathead (Rocky Top banjo) in 1956. Sunny Mtn Chimes, Save it Save it, Chalk Up Another One, etc, etc. I bought it from Shorty Fincher of Hallum PA. in 1952. ($125) I sent it to Gibson to be refretted and it came back with block inlay. No explanation, just block inlay. (I think it's now called Bow tie.)

Good banjo.

s
Sonny Osborne Banjo Company
P O Box 647
Hendersonville, TN 37077
chiefbanjo@comcast.net
615-824-0096
web site: sonnyosborne.com
"IN GOD WE TRUST"

Jan 1, 2011 - 5:13:59 PM

2979 posts since 3/6/2005

Hey Major Trey..I can fix you right up with that banjo thingy.... {;-)>

s

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