Hello all, I've been a member here for some time and this is my first post.
I wanted to make a quick post about some work I just had done on my original Gibson 1928 pyramid banjo! It's a beautiful banjo in great condition and when I acquired the banjo it had a decent neck on it. However I found a very nice mahogany pyramid neck here in the BHO classifieds and decided to buy it. The neck was built by a luthier out of NC named Don Bryant!
To my disappointment when I received the neck and put it on, the string action was way low and I knew it would need a heel cut to make it fit proper. The gentleman I purchased the neck from recommended Don to take a look at it. I contacted Don and he had me ship it out. It wasn't just a few days later the banjo was finished and back with me! Let me say it plays, sounds, and looks absolutely amazing!! This neck is one incredible piece of craftsmanship. The profile and wood selection. The inlays and the binding. It's as close to a perfect neck as I could imagine. And yes, the heel cut is perfect as well, .100 (7/64ths at 12th-9/94ths at 22nd) prewar specs right on the money! And the best part of this experience, and why I'm really writing this, is dealing with Don Bryant. He is the kindest and fairest gentleman you could ever hope to deal with! He went way above and beyond what one would expect and has even been great following up to make sure everything was to my satisfaction!
Anyhow to cut this long post short I'd just say that if you ever need any banjo work done or an incredible banjo neck built I just don't know anyone better for this job than Mr. Don Bryant! And he sure is a really nice guy to talk to and deal with as well. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Here is his BHO name: bryantde
I've had dealings with Don and I agree with your post. Don's a trustworthy man.
At one time I wanted some knurled plated thumb screws for my 25 ball bearing. A post on banjo hangout brought a reply from Don. He had what I wanted at a right price.
A southern gentleman and a good person to work with.
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