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Nov 8, 2018 - 6:42:22 PM
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559 posts since 3/1/2012

Lets all upload a photo of our banjo collections!


 

Nov 8, 2018 - 7:12:43 PM
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Vanjo

Canada

45 posts since 11/18/2017
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I've heard you can't have too many but you might be pushing it hahaha

Cheers!


 

Nov 8, 2018 - 8:16:23 PM
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11276 posts since 10/30/2008

I can't get far enough away from my collection to get them all in frame.

Nov 8, 2018 - 9:54:14 PM

csacwp

USA

1911 posts since 1/15/2014

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

I can't get far enough away from my collection to get them all in frame.

I share this problem.  Nice photo, Jim!

Nov 9, 2018 - 3:59:01 AM
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383 posts since 3/26/2006

My toys :-)


Edited by - AmericanMadeBanjo on 11/09/2018 04:03:03

Nov 9, 2018 - 6:14:42 AM

647 posts since 11/27/2005

Oh boy! Nice pictures everybody!

Nov 9, 2018 - 6:30:42 AM

hbick2

USA

99 posts since 6/26/2004

I have detailed pictures and descriptions of a few of mine on my home page. I will try to put some more up there.

Nov 9, 2018 - 8:28:34 AM

559 posts since 3/1/2012

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

I can't get far enough away from my collection to get them all in frame.


Multiple photos are allowed....

Nov 9, 2018 - 9:13:22 AM
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RioStat

USA

4610 posts since 10/12/2009

some of these have been sold....but I've replaced them !!


 

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:05:25 AM
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adl1132

USA

55 posts since 12/18/2012

All of them...


 

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:50:07 AM

559 posts since 3/1/2012

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Originally posted by AmericanMadeBanjo

My toys :-)


How in the world can you afford banjos AND Corvettes??? lol

Nov 10, 2018 - 12:40:15 PM

383 posts since 3/26/2006

Not on a banjo salary for sure :-o

Nov 10, 2018 - 6:33:13 PM

58 posts since 6/1/2018

And here I was feeling so stupid for owning four banjos that I sold my Aida resonator :'(

The permanent collection is comprised of the lightweight beater that I travel with and the 12" C. Waldman Chromatic. I find the Waldman so surprisingly loud and assertive that it should suffice for bluegrass circles as well. ...but I dream of having a Nechville resonator when I grow up! And a vintage tenor resonator. And a Deering banjo uke. Ha!

The Cortley has been passed around like a hot potato and I'm going to give it the TLC it so desperately needs to be playable.




Nov 10, 2018 - 7:01:09 PM

DSmoke

USA

617 posts since 11/30/2015

This was my most recent picture, but it's pretty much a revolving door. I think I added two Vegaphone Pro's since then and have a few less impressive ones not pictured.


 

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:10:40 PM

177 posts since 8/31/2008

My little collection of banjo's and guitars, Just as well I don't live in the US I would have a room full of banjos. Truth is quality banjos are not available here so I grab what I can when I see it.


Nov 11, 2018 - 12:28:47 AM
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516 posts since 6/25/2006

This is fun!  Here is a shot of my collection: 


Nov 11, 2018 - 12:30:35 AM
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516 posts since 6/25/2006

p.s. Jim, I love that photo - it looks like you are in danger of falling into a banjo vortex!

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:04:47 AM

75 posts since 8/14/2018

Curious what drives your choices. I have one banjo, but I could see having different banjos for different tonal qualities. I have a small collection of vintage cameras, but they’re all different in some respect. I don’t quite get having a bunch of banjos that are all basically the same.

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:07:05 AM

559 posts since 3/1/2012

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Originally posted by MacCruiskeen

Curious what drives your choices. I have one banjo, but I could see having different banjos for different tonal qualities. I have a small collection of vintage cameras, but they’re all different in some respect. I don’t quite get having a bunch of banjos that are all basically the same.


Everybody here will answer that one differently, I imagine. Personally, I started out collecting 1890s, then moved backwards. I’d love to find some from the 1850s or ‘40s, but, being scarcer, they are obviously much pricier.

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:16:32 AM

hbick2

USA

99 posts since 6/26/2004

When you're talking about vintage instruments, there are a lot of differences between banjos, even the same model. I have a number of Fairbanks Electrics and the sound of each one is unique. Fairbanks banjos came in a variety of head diameters, scale, tone ring height, etc. All of these influence the tone. Plus, setup is extremely important for the sound of any banjo. You could take two identical new banjos and set them up to sound vastly different. Calfskin heads, plastic heads, Fiberskyn heads; steel strings, Nylgut strings, gut strings; light gauge vs medium gauge; bridge height; head tension. Unlike other acoustic instruments, the fun thing about banjos is that you can easily change any of these whenever you like. You can have a "new banjo" every day.

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:09:55 AM

DSmoke

USA

617 posts since 11/30/2015

quote:
Originally posted by MacCruiskeen

Curious what drives your choices. I have one banjo, but I could see having different banjos for different tonal qualities. I have a small collection of vintage cameras, but they’re all different in some respect. I don’t quite get having a bunch of banjos that are all basically the same.


My answer is simple....There are no shops around me with banjos for Irish trad playing, so I had to buy them, fix them, and set them up to determine what I like.  So, when a good one comes up for sale for the right price I buy it, if it doesn't appeal to me more than the 1 or 2 that I play, I sell it.  I only need 3 banjos, my main player, a backup, and a camp banjo.

Nov 13, 2018 - 7:35:05 AM
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387 posts since 7/10/2012

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Originally posted by IMBanjoJim

Lets all upload a photo of our banjo collections!


You are a lucky man.  Not for the banjos, necessarily, but for living with someone who will not only help you into and out of your pile of banjos, but photograph you in the process.  Cheers to the spouses/partners who make all of this collecting possible!  

Nov 13, 2018 - 9:32:42 AM
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56 posts since 5/16/2016

This is all of mine right now. 1 unfinished Akonting, 1 early style gourd banjo, 2 modern banjos, 1 minstrel banjo made by Terry Bell, and 2 Early 20th century antique banjos. I am getting another antique banjo soon, I suspect was made somewhere between 1868 and 1879.




Nov 14, 2018 - 10:18:43 AM
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559 posts since 3/1/2012

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Originally posted by dpgetman
quote:
Originally posted by IMBanjoJim

Lets all upload a photo of our banjo collections!


You are a lucky man.  Not for the banjos, necessarily, but for living with someone who will not only help you into and out of your pile of banjos, but photograph you in the process.  Cheers to the spouses/partners who make all of this collecting possible!  


A very good point! Poor Lydia had to crawl up a tall, rickety ladder to take this shot. Couldn't have done it without her!

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:46:03 AM
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98 posts since 9/13/2018

Just a warning folks, never put your banjo in the dryer. This was on the gentle cycle too!

Bruce


 

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:23:54 PM

jwold

USA

941 posts since 7/21/2004

quote:
Originally posted by dpgetman
quote:
Originally posted by IMBanjoJim

Lets all upload a photo of our banjo collections!


You are a lucky man.  Not for the banjos, necessarily, but for living with someone who will not only help you into and out of your pile of banjos, but photograph you in the process.  Cheers to the spouses/partners who make all of this collecting possible!  


 I think an interesting follow up thread to this one would be, "Your significant other as they look upon and contemplate your banjo collection..."

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