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Mar 13, 2018 - 3:33:30 PM
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3470 posts since 11/13/2005

I read the thread on the Slingerland Maybelle (which I'm not familiar), and just wondering what everyone is playing on. I know what some of you are playing through your vids, but not all. My tenor is a parts banjo that I pieced together. A 20's Gibson rim with a 5 star ring, recording king flange, and Gibson tb 11 neck and chinese resonator. When I hit the lotto, I'm going to buy me a Gibson TB-6, prewar of course.....and, I'm NOT going to convert it. What banjo would you buy if you hit the lotto?

dc

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:54:38 PM

3470 posts since 11/13/2005

I've $1200-1300 in parts with this banjo, and I really love it. The only thing I have to do is dress the frets. I just ordered up some files, so I'll see what happens with that. The great thing about a parts banjo, is I can experiment to my hearts content.

Mar 13, 2018 - 4:20:03 PM
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2916 posts since 7/12/2006

I already have my dream banjo, a 4oth anniversary stanleytone. but if I came into some money, id get a stelling virginian

Mar 13, 2018 - 4:24:52 PM
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malarz

USA

237 posts since 1/5/2007

Even though I’m new to tenor banjo I’d buy Eddy Davis’ Ome if he ever decided to sell. To my ears that is the nicest sounding banjo ever. Of course, a big part is the guy playing it, too!

Ken

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:16:27 PM
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261 posts since 1/27/2014

If I played the lottery and won, I would probably look for B&D plectrums. In reality, I'm blessed with 4 nice plectrums. A 1929 Montana, 35 Symphonie w/ a 12" pot, an 80's Ome, and a Flying Eagle Grenada Mastertone from the Greg Rich era. Love em all. I play the Montana @ shows like naibc & All Frets and the 35 is my riverboat/jam session banjo. Hope all is well with you 2 David!

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:35:35 PM
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Fathand

Canada

11122 posts since 2/7/2008

quote:
Originally posted by davidcava

When I hit the lotto, I'm going to buy me a Gibson TB-6, prewar of course.....and, I'm NOT going to convert it. What banjo would you buy if you hit the lotto?

dc


There is a lovely Style 5 at Elderly right now.

https://www.elderly.com/vintage/web-vault/gibson-tb-5-deluxe-tenor-banjo-1926.htm?utm_campaign=Eye_Candy_031318&utm_content=eye_candy_031318_eye_candy&utm_medium=email&utm_source=zaius

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:42:54 PM
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Foote

USA

176 posts since 3/25/2009

I have a 1927 style 5 with a Frank Neat neck that was my favorite banjo until I recently bought a Yates Skillet Head. This is the best playing and sounding banjo I've ever owned!

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:34:31 AM

3470 posts since 11/13/2005

A couple of banjos that I haven't tried, but would love to, is the Stanleytone Gary, and any Yates model Lloyd, for the Bluegrass. Someday hopefully I'll get my hands on them for a test drive.

Hey Lance! all is well here. Still studying the tenor. Hope to see you soon, and enjoy the fest coming up in Michigan!

dc

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:03:39 AM
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CGDA

Italy

1817 posts since 1/4/2009

quote:
Originally posted by davidcava

I read the thread on the Slingerland Maybelle (which I'm not familiar), and just wondering what everyone is playing on. I know what some of you are playing through your vids, but not all. My tenor is a parts banjo that I pieced together. A 20's Gibson rim with a 5 star ring, recording king flange, and Gibson tb 11 neck and chinese resonator. When I hit the lotto, I'm going to buy me a Gibson TB-6, prewar of course.....and, I'm NOT going to convert it. What banjo would you buy if you hit the lotto?

dc


Mar 14, 2018 - 8:30:39 AM
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CGDA

Italy

1817 posts since 1/4/2009

The best tenor I ever played has been e Vega #9 deluxe...engraving, inlay,
abalone everywhere, even on the rear side of the rim, where only the player can see it, nothing if compared to its tone! The owner told me that it has been the personal instrument of Bill Johnson, the well known musician who played double bass and banjo in the King Oliver's orchestra. In a renowned pic of that band you can clearly see an instrument exactly like that. My friend, who frequently went to the States to buy/sell vintage cars, told me that he found the banjo close to a Johnson's portrait, both in a garage sale. I'm not sure about the truth of that story even if he was a great expert in Trad Jazz and a good banjo player. He let me play his instrument for a whole set and, icing on the cake, he let me use an old turtle pic. That's my dream banjo, available for about 4500/5000 bucks...much less than some custom banjos!

Edited by - CGDA on 03/14/2018 08:41:47

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:24:23 AM
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283 posts since 1/1/2016

I rotate through these. One a week, every week or so...

banjohangout.org/forum/attachm...ID=232757


Mar 14, 2018 - 10:03:55 AM
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ChuckCharles

Netherlands

21 posts since 6/21/2015

If I won the lotto I would commission mr Thomas Larsen to build a nice Old Time banjo for me.

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:22:50 PM
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Tbert

USA

34 posts since 5/7/2017

I play an early 30 Vega little wonder (with resonator), An early 20s Gibson trapdoor with tone ring, open back Washburn and an old maybell and a stromberg.

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:03:37 PM

3470 posts since 11/13/2005

I'd love to see that pic of the King Oliver band with that banjo Marco. Where might I find it?

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:37:38 PM
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GVDB

USA

135 posts since 7/14/2015

I've got an Ome from1983 and an early year aluminum pot Baldwin Ode, both plectrums.

The Ome sees more playing time as it's currently set up better for playing with my band, though the Ode is a little easier to play.

I also just recently got a really sweet Kala USA banjo ukulele, concert scale, that I'm enjoying a lot, does that count?

Mar 15, 2018 - 5:54:51 PM
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12 posts since 9/20/2014

I don't have any holy grail banjos, but I've got a 30's Epiphone Mayfair that I like a lot. It was an Ebay find that needed a head. The tailpiece was cracked and eventually broke, so I put on a Fults piece. Also geared tuners.

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:38:16 PM
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abarten

USA

159 posts since 3/15/2009

I'm playing a Vega Professional (tuba phone) and B&D Silver Bell No. 1 - both tuned down to GDAE.

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:11:19 AM
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CGDA

Italy

1817 posts since 1/4/2009

quote:
Originally posted by davidcava

I'd love to see that pic of the King Oliver band with that banjo Marco. Where might I find it?


David, here you can see the Bill Johnson's open back tenor.


 

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:54:46 PM
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152 posts since 1/7/2011

Right now I favor the OME and Vega Vox. Unless the Vega Vox is setup right it has a displeasing sound to me. The OME also tends to lose some of it ring when you play beyond the 12th fret. 

Edited by - jazzbanjo on 03/17/2018 13:01:21

Mar 17, 2018 - 1:14:02 PM
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96 posts since 1/18/2014

1926 Paramount Style B

Mar 17, 2018 - 1:38:14 PM
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242 posts since 6/4/2015

David, the only banjo I ever bought - a "Morris", sometime in my twenties,  based on some Gibson classic - has been in my possession for some forty years. However, its weight was killing me, when I got older, so I don't play it any more. I presently prefer my very much more versatile and lightweight brandless electric tenor guitar (CGDA).

That banjo is coming with me in my coffin, when my time has come. But what I might still try out is another lightweight electric tenor guitar with in-built banjo(lele) tone ring & head. However, whether that is ever going to happen for real comes with a big question mark, right now, since I'm looking at major ear surgery, coming up shortly, that may spell the end of a lifetime of music making.

Veerstryngh Thynner

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:24:07 PM
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3470 posts since 11/13/2005

Well I sure hope your surgery goes well Veerstryngh, I wish you the best, and I wish you the best surgeon you can find.

David

Mar 18, 2018 - 1:09:48 AM
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501 posts since 6/25/2006

Yes, good luck with your upcoming ear surgery Veerstryngh. I know what you mean about banjo weight. I prefer lighter-weight banjos - they are easier to just pick up and play around the house. If I had the money, I think I would buy an openback Jim Patton tenor banjo (a luthier in Liverpool who is making tenor banjos based on the Weymann megaphonic rim - I like the idea of the megaphonic rim with tubaphone tone-ring combination for jazz). My lottery dream, however, would be to sit in a roomful of banjos and select the one that I liked the best. Yes, I'd probably jet off to Gunter's BanjoWorld in Germany! I recall many years ago being at a bluegrass festival and a banjo dealer being there with a roomful of used banjos including lots of Gibsons. I had a wonderful time just trying out all these different banjos and the one that I liked the best was by a maker I had never heard of ('Roll's' - later, I found out this is a Czech maker). At the time, I didn't have the money but I still regret not buying that particular banjo.

Mar 18, 2018 - 3:23:46 AM
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Polle Flaunoe

Denmark

5287 posts since 3/7/2006

quote:
Originally posted by jazzbanjo

Right now I favor the OME and Vega Vox. Unless the Vega Vox is setup right it has a displeasing sound to me. The OME also tends to lose some of it ring when you play beyond the 12th fret. 


John - for both of your banjos a string breaking angle over the bridge of appr. 13 degrees is a must for getting the best possible sound and sustain equality across and along all of the fretboard. On tenors I do even go up to 14 degrees.

Polle

Edited by - Polle Flaunoe on 03/18/2018 03:24:26

Mar 18, 2018 - 4:13:41 AM
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CGDA

Italy

1817 posts since 1/4/2009

Veerstryngh Thynner, I hope you come back from surgery hearing and playing like before the surgery, or even better.

Mar 25, 2018 - 10:07:41 AM
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145 posts since 9/6/2016

Deering Goodtime II tenor, 19-fret. I really enjoy this instrument. It’s pretty loud, but quite lightweight: Resonator but no tone ring. It works well for the solo gig I do.

Mind you, by October I plan to add the plectrum version...

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