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May 31, 2020 - 1:35:01 PM
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190 posts since 8/25/2013

I just wanted to share with everyone about the Bryant Banjo I just obtained from Don Bryant. Maybe I should call it a "Praise Report". It's a mahogany banjo with a prewar rim and a Sloan "Skirtless" tone ring. The tone is just incredible with a growling fourth string and a popping first string. The neck plays so smooth and the width of the neck (in my humble opinion) is perfect. Playing up the neck is crystal clear and very easy to play. The finish is exceptional and the wood is just beautiful. I realize it's a mahogany banjo, but maybe it's the color of the stain that really accentuates the wood. Don was prompt in communication and shipping the banjo, which came well packed. The banjo I obtained is a used one. So, occasions Don ends up with one of the banjos he's made as a trade in.
I wanted to commend Don Bryant on being so personable and easy to deal with. He was very patient with all my questions and requests. Truly a gentleman to deal with. If I lived closer to Thurman North Carolina, he'd probably be calling the police to have me removed from his shop because I'd be hanging out there all the time!
If you were considering a Don Bryant banjo, consider no more. Worth every penny and you'll most likely be smiling with that crazy Roy Clark smile the whole time you're playing one of his banjos.

May 31, 2020 - 3:18:40 PM
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7677 posts since 1/7/2005

Don is a class act, and a luthier of considerable skill.
Mahogany is not only one of the most stable of woods, but a good piece of mahogany can hold it's own against any wood for stunning good looks.

DD

May 31, 2020 - 7:05:28 PM

190 posts since 8/25/2013

quote: A very kind man. I actually shouldnt have said he does "trade ins". I'm not really sure of that. I would prefer a different inlay design and he said he would give me credit for the neck I have if I wanted another one made. But I took this one because I didnt want to have to wait 9 months for one of his banjos. So glad I got it. Pure pleasure to play.

Originally posted by Dan Drabek

Don is a class act, and a luthier of considerable skill.
Mahogany is not only one of the most stable of woods, but a good piece of mahogany can hold it's own against any wood for stunning good looks.

DD


May 31, 2020 - 7:41:19 PM

Turpen1

USA

52 posts since 2/5/2011

"Skirtless" tone ring??? Is this new from Jerry? Is the prewar rim cut for this ring?....or is this "Skirtless" ring a possible AT to flat head conversion option?

Jun 1, 2020 - 12:42:12 AM
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2338 posts since 12/18/2004

Scott,
You can go to this link and see the Bryant skirtless tone ring.
It was my idea and Jerry makes these rings for me !
Thanks
Don Bryant NC banjo luthier

banjohangout.org/archive/288284

Jun 1, 2020 - 11:05:20 AM
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BobbyE

USA

2709 posts since 11/29/2007

While I do not play a banjo that Don Bryant has ever had his hands on, a few weeks back I had a question about banjo setup. Don sent me a personal message giving me his telephone number, and inviting me to call him and he would be glad to answer any question that he could help me with. I did call and he did help and his help helped me get my banjo straightened back out to my satisfaction. He also invited me to call him anytime I had a question or needed any help. No reason for him to do any of this, but he did and that says a lot to me about his character. Like to think I have a new banjo friend because of his actions. Thanks again, Don.

Bobby

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