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Mar 15, 2019 - 6:46:59 PM
11 posts since 2/9/2019

In your opinion, who is the better player of these two?

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:51:10 PM

Mooooo

USA

6208 posts since 8/20/2016

I don't know who is better, but I like Jim Mills picking more.

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:57:35 PM
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eMike

USA

1256 posts since 2/5/2006

I would settle for being only half as good as the least worst of either or both of them.

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:05:59 PM

Turpen1

USA

17 posts since 2/5/2011

I thoroughly enjoy both and many others....I'm glad no two pickers (or artists) are alike.... or our music would get boring. I even enjoy the sounds of beginners and what that represents for all of us. :)

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:42:53 PM
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RioStat

USA

4758 posts since 10/12/2009
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Charlie Cushman.......

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:56:26 PM

6378 posts since 2/14/2006

I hate to compare people, because reality is that they are both excellent pickers. Kind of like asking what's better, getting $1,000,000.01 or getting $1,000,000.00.

Although in the unfortunate event that I'd be stranded on an island, and I had to throw out some music and keep other music - I'd keep groups that Ron Stewart played banjo on.

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:31:44 PM
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11 posts since 2/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Mooooo

I don't know who is better, but I like Jim Mills picking more.


Me too

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:02:35 PM

Glen5

USA

63 posts since 12/19/2012

At that caliber there isn’t a best in my opinion, only taste or preference. Mine is Ron. He is the new Crowe

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:51:22 PM
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75 posts since 2/20/2004

What’s the point of these comparisons?
It’s artistic endeavor not a a foot race or horseshoes.

What’s better Chevy or Ford? Dodge!

Mar 16, 2019 - 4:04:41 AM

653 posts since 7/28/2005

Earl Scruggs or Don Reno? Just kidding!

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:01:35 AM
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1606 posts since 9/10/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Gallaher

What’s the point of these comparisons?
It’s artistic endeavor not a a foot race or horseshoes.

What’s better Chevy or Ford? Dodge!


Spot on. I agree 100%. We all are losing some good banjo practice time posting on threads like these. Lol.

Brian

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:35:02 AM
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3287 posts since 4/27/2004

Ron Stewart is much better than Jim Mills..........at the fiddle!!

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:36:24 AM

11 posts since 2/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Steve Bruce

Earl Scruggs or Don Reno? Just kidding!


IMO, Earl

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:38:19 AM
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11 posts since 2/9/2019

If I made anybody mad with this poll, I'm sorry

Edited by - BugleCall on 03/16/2019 08:40:36

Mar 17, 2019 - 2:47:16 AM

4575 posts since 9/5/2006

ron takes a back seat to no one,, and can play like jim or sonny or JD or earl.
and yeah lynwood, he is pretty dang good on the fiddle too !!

Mar 17, 2019 - 5:43:16 AM
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1491 posts since 4/10/2005

At that level there is on "best" or "better player." The worthwhile question is, if you prefer one, which do you prefer, and why?

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:43:16 AM
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3016 posts since 7/12/2006

while both are incredible pickers ,maybe the better question to ask is which player strikes a nerve with you the most,skill level notwithstanding. To which I proudly reply ,RALPH STANLEY!

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:45:27 AM

3016 posts since 7/12/2006

no offence taken my friend. A little shock value is needed every once in a while.
quote:
Originally posted by BugleCall

If I made anybody mad with this poll, I'm sorry

 


Mar 17, 2019 - 7:22:02 AM

716 posts since 1/25/2017

Ron Stewart

Mar 17, 2019 - 1:52:47 PM

Hawk54

Australia

732 posts since 2/9/2007

Jim mills

Mar 17, 2019 - 3:57:46 PM

2312 posts since 11/15/2003

Actually,
The difference in them is only very subltle, and just like the JD vs Sonny thread, it is very subjective!

Ron,(at least from what i remember a way back when) plays a bit more single string stuff than jim does, and Ron got a lot of hands on time while out with JD playing fiddle with him, so he has inside knowledge to JD's technical stuff.

Jim, has always been a die hard Earl man and on his Bound To Ride Album demonstrated a lot of Sonny's steel guitar sounds prowess and bluesy bends.

Both men are capable of doing straight Earl, almost as good as Charlie Cushman, and Jim does know some melodic and chromatic runs but will rarely ever do the licks unless he is just horsing around, but never in a stage performance.

I have been very fortunate to get up close to both of them at different times in my life, and they are both not only fantastic pickers but fantastic guys in general.

Just like the JD and Sonny thread, its going to be a matter of opinion, but Jim and Ron are very much closer to being the same caliber and style of banjo pickers way more than, and in fact, are not even near the same level as JD and Sonny....just ask them!
Warp!

Mar 22, 2019 - 4:36:51 PM
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926 posts since 2/6/2006

Not to be offensive buglecall...but this type of question is sorta like chocolate or vanilla...

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:24:35 PM
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4771 posts since 10/13/2007

They are both great. Why do you assume that one is better? I think it is insulting to two such great artists of the instrument we love to, subject them to such a subjective display in public such as this. And even more so, because most of the people opining and reading here couldn't, as the saying goes, couldn't even hold their jock.
ken

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:33:14 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

38633 posts since 10/5/2013

I have to agree, Ken. I don’t know if Jim or Ron read these threads, but it’s sort of like attending a banjo workshop that both of them are conducting, & standing up and asking the audience, “Which one is better - Jim or Ron?”

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:50:46 PM

2901 posts since 12/6/2009

"mom always liked me better."

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:58:16 PM
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rbfour5

USA

923 posts since 11/9/2010

Both are excellent. I would ask who do you like to listen to the most. For me it is Ron Stewart.

But, that’s not because Ron is better; it’s because I am partial to his playing.  I don’t mind answering subjective questions. Everyone has an opinion and they are welcome to their opinion.  The cool thing about subjectivity- no one is wrong. 

Edited by - rbfour5 on 03/23/2019 16:08:39

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