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Jul 27, 2019 - 3:13:04 PM
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19 posts since 12/3/2017

Hi folks. I’m pretty much a beginner coming up on my 2 year anniversary for playing next month. My original banjo was a used Deering goodtime 2 that I played for a year before buying a new Deering Artisan Special. After 1.5 years of playing & practicing faithfully everyday my wife reluctantly said I could buy one LIFETIME banjo that would have to last me till death do us part. After researching I ordered a custom Huber VRB G from Mr. Huber.
I’d love your opinions on the choice I made. It should be getting close to being ready shortly. I’m getting excited.

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:32:46 PM
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DC5

USA

6714 posts since 6/30/2015

Are you asking about the choice in banjo, or wife. Answers could vary. devil

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:34:47 PM
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beegee

USA

21293 posts since 7/6/2005

If she allowed it, she's a keeper. The banjo would be a keeper, too.

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:35:16 PM
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794 posts since 11/17/2018

I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:41:22 PM
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1380 posts since 3/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Appalachian

Hi folks. I’m pretty much a beginner coming up on my 2 year anniversary for playing next month. My original banjo was a used Deering goodtime 2 that I played for a year before buying a new Deering Artisan Special. After 1.5 years of playing & practicing faithfully everyday my wife reluctantly said I could buy one LIFETIME banjo that would have to last me till death do us part. After researching I ordered a custom Huber VRB G from Mr. Huber.
I’d love your opinions on the choice I made. It should be getting close to being ready shortly. I’m getting excited.


Congratulations, PJ...

Huber makes top notch professional banjos. (I have a Huber VRB-75, myself).

Maybe you shouldn't tell this to your wife :)  but... It might be hard to know if the Huber is truly your lifetime banjo until you play it for a while, try other banjos, and see if your ears and fingers are fully satisfied.

But, the Huber certainly is the quality to be a lifetime banjo.

As you play your Huber, and then start comparing it to other professional banjos that you play later, you will be able to compare the tone and characteristics of your Huber with other banjos.

It has taken me a few tries (i.e., "buys") to find a banjo that truly blows me away and that I know I would never sell.

Enjoy the journey (and your new banjo).

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:43:03 PM
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132 posts since 8/9/2005

Steve Huber is as good and honest as they come but, you ordered then asked!!

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:05:35 PM
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19 posts since 12/3/2017

Thank you all for the responses

Jul 27, 2019 - 6:36:51 PM
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1816 posts since 12/31/2005

If you had to pick one banjo for the rest of your life without trying it first, I don't think you could have made a better bet. He just doesn't make a bad one. There is a video of Robby Boone playing one and it was as good as any banjo you'll ever hear.

Now here is the key. She said you could only have one lifetime banjo. She didn't say you couldn't have a bunch of other ones that you don't keep for life.  When you explain this to her, she'll be so impressed and appreciative of the fact that you listen to her. Give it a try and let us know how it goes.

Jul 27, 2019 - 7:06:17 PM
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209 posts since 10/23/2010

PJ

Congratulations.
You made an excellent choice!

I bet you're gonna love that Huber.
The quality and play-ability is top notch, along with great tone.

I recently purchased a CM-3 Deluxe Workhorse w/HR-30 ring, and have to say I'm very impressed and happy with it.

Jul 27, 2019 - 7:46:25 PM
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12098 posts since 10/30/2008

That's a BIG jump in quality!!!

I hope the banjo suits you in every way: looks, feel and sound.

But don't be surprised if later you find you have Banjo Acquisition Syndrome, or at least Banjo Trading Syndrome. Pretty much everybody gets one or the other.

Enjoy!

Jul 28, 2019 - 12:36:30 AM
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215 posts since 1/30/2019
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I need help, I keep telling myself that I have banjo trading syndrome, but I know I'm slipping dangerously down the slope into banjo acquisition syndrome.
I keep saying you've got to kiss a lot of frogs to find the one. But then I can't sell anything because it sounds really sweet, or because it's really old, or beautiful, or easy to play, or I spent too much on it and will never get it back, or a zillion other excuses.....
It started with a Hondo for me, (which would probably be part of a cure, so bad.....) then a Goodtime, then went off the rails.....
So stick with your Huber and enjoy it!

Jul 28, 2019 - 1:43:48 AM
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1622 posts since 2/21/2011

One 'lifetime' banjo?  HA!  I laugh at the assurance you displayed for your purchase.  You will soon learn that banjos are like potato chips ('crisps' for you UK-inclined readers), you can't have just one!  So again, I say, "HA!" to your foolish, foolish statement.  Bwaaaahahahahahaaaa!

cheeky 

Jul 28, 2019 - 9:26:48 AM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

1626 posts since 6/19/2014

Appalachian , what are you planning to do with your Goodtimes?

Jul 28, 2019 - 10:14:33 AM
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WORST way to do ANYTHING:

DO it, then ask 130,000 strangers on the Internet if it was a SMART move.

From what I've heard of Mr. Huber's reputation, and what I've seen and heard on video of his banjos, you are at LEAST as smart as Einstein, who was not all that good at PLAYING banjos, but when he DID, he enjoyed it.

Or, at least, that's the impression one might get, from this ABSOLUTELY UNRETOUCHED photograph from somewhere on the Internet.

Hey, if you're excited ANTICIPATING a Huber, you MIGHT be too excited to EAT or SLEEP the first 24 hours after HOLDING it.

Congratulations on finding the right wife.


Jul 28, 2019 - 12:45:17 PM

19 posts since 12/3/2017

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Originally posted by Banjo Lefty

Appalachian , what are you planning to do with your Goodtimes?


Banjo Lefty, I hadn’t thought about what I was gonna do with Sally Anne or Arty ( the 2 goodtimes ) why? 

Jul 28, 2019 - 12:59:12 PM
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Why?
I'll guess why.
Because LOTS of people like to find a used Goodtime at a nice price.

Jul 28, 2019 - 2:26:03 PM
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319 posts since 1/28/2013

I believe the Deering you were playing had a 1-1/4 nut width. You might have the same problem with the Huber that I did. The nut width on the Huber is 1 3/16th. that is not even standard today, most players, especially progressive ones say it is too narrow. I bought a Huber Kalamazoo and that neck width was too narrow, I was having problems. Also, I could'nt go to a wider bridge either. I had to have Ron Coleman make me a new neck for it 1 5/16ths. You better check this out. I don't want you to go through what I did. You can probably still cancel the order if you have concerns about this. But you will have to go to a different make banjo. Huber only makes narrow necks.

Jul 28, 2019 - 4:25:19 PM

19 posts since 12/3/2017

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Originally posted by jan dupree

I believe the Deering you were playing had a 1-1/4 nut width. You might have the same problem with the Huber that I did. The nut width on the Huber is 1 3/16th. that is not even standard today, most players, especially progressive ones say it is too narrow. I bought a Huber Kalamazoo and that neck width was too narrow, I was having problems. Also, I could'nt go to a wider bridge either. I had to have Ron Coleman make me a new neck for it 1 5/16ths. You better check this out. I don't want you to go through what I did. You can probably still cancel the order if you have concerns about this. But you will have to go to a different make banjo.

Huber only makes narrownecks.

Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention Jan. I went to Mr. Hubers site & found that he makes 2 models with a 11/4” neck. I just wrote to him to ask if its too late to put that neck on my VRB-G. It probably is though as it is close to completion I’m sure.
Jul 28, 2019 - 7:22:54 PM
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209 posts since 10/23/2010

PJ,
Don't be overly concerned about neck width.
I personally have fat, stubby fingers and see no problem at all with the Huber neck width.

There must be a lot of other people out there picking Huber's who also see no problem with them, since they seem to be a pretty popular banjo wink

Edited by - jchipps_1 on 07/28/2019 19:25:15

Jul 28, 2019 - 7:59:58 PM
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RandyB

USA

78 posts since 8/27/2008

I have a Huber Lexington ( narrow neck) and just bought a new verb-g with radiused wide neck. I have short stubby fingers and have no problem with either one. You will love your new banjo. Steve Huber is an asset to the banjo world and is an honest businessman. Good choice I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Jul 28, 2019 - 9:42:21 PM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

1626 posts since 6/19/2014

quote:
Originally posted by Appalachian
quote:
Originally posted by Banjo Lefty

Appalachian , what are you planning to do with your Goodtimes?


Banjo Lefty, I hadn’t thought about what I was gonna do with Sally Anne or Arty ( the 2 goodtimes ) why? 


Mike got it right.  If you sell the Goodtimes, you will make a little money.  Then you can buy another banjo.  Your new Huber is mahogany, right?  Maybe you'll want to try maple.  Or a long-neck, or something with a wood tone ring, or a tenor . . .

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:01:18 AM

19 posts since 12/3/2017

Thanks so much for all of your opinions. The nearest banjo shop to me is a 2 hour drive & they really don’t stock Hubers, Yates, or Bishline banjos. They were the 3 I really would have loved to try after reading all the other post on BHO & watching all of the YouTube videos. I wish we were a bit wealthier, then I would get one of each LOL. My wife and I play hymns & gospel favorites in church together and the sound of the goodtime with no ring is pleasant for those genres. However, when I’m playing bluegrass or fiddle tunes I think I would really love the sound of the Hubers!! In the end, I was contemplating between a Bishline lightweight, a Yates Mule or a custom Huber. Knowing I was not going to be able to acquire any more banjos my gut & heart chose the Huber custom VRB-G. Since it was getting close to completion & I was anticipating receiving my new Huber, I wanted to here my fellow banjo enthusiasts opinions on the Huber. Thank ya’ll so much for your responses

Jul 29, 2019 - 7:45:37 AM
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29 posts since 12/17/2016

Great choice. The VRB-G is on my radar as well. Like you, I started out with a Goodtime 2 Special. It sounds great and plays well, but I wanted more. Next I got a Hatfield Special w/ walnut neck, which is great. My next was a Yates RB-75 w/ mahogany neck, and then a Stelling Golden Cross w/ curly maple neck. I can't decide which one is best since they all have great unique tones and nuances. The Yates is probably the most versatile and classic sounding. Keep us posted when you get it!

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:52:08 AM
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319 posts since 1/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Appalachian
quote:
Originally posted by jan dupree

I believe the Deering you were playing had a 1-1/4 nut width. You might have the same problem with the Huber that I did. The nut width on the Huber is 1 3/16th. that is not even standard today, most players, especially progressive ones say it is too narrow. I bought a Huber Kalamazoo and that neck width was too narrow, I was having problems. Also, I could'nt go to a wider bridge either. I had to have Ron Coleman make me a new neck for it 1 5/16ths. You better check this out. I don't want you to go through what I did. You can probably still cancel the order if you have concerns about this. But you will have to go to a different make banjo.

Huber only makes narrownecks.

Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention Jan. I went to Mr. Hubers site & found that he makes 2 models with a 11/4” neck. I just wrote to him to ask if its too late to put that neck on my VRB-G. It probably is though as it is close to completion I’m sure.

 


If you have been playing a full 1-1/4 neck it is usually difficult to transition to a 1 3/16th. This is true for all players, 1-5/16ths going to a 1-1/4, or a 1-3/8ths going to a  1-5/16ths. But it is easier to transition to a wider neck. Melodic players, and ones with playing styles that incorporate forming full chords usually benefit from wider necks, as do players with wide squared off, thick finger tips, as opposed to fingertips that are tapered and rounded. With Scruggs style those methods are not used so neck width is not as crucial. With a 1-1/4 neck you will also be able to use a bridge that is wider than Crowe space, if you ever think you will benefit from that. If you are buying a banjo at that price, you have already reached a skill level to be proud of, so I did'nt want anything hampering your  progress, or the skill level you have already achieved. 

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