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Jun 5, 2020 - 10:26:44 AM
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rustic

USA

11 posts since 7/21/2012

Does anyone know the head type and string choices of any of the clawhammer artist such as Bob Carlin, Cathy Fink, Ken Perlman, Dave Holt and others? I love the sound of the different artists and I’m interested in their setups. I know the banjo itself is a factor, I’m just curious. Thanks
Don

Jun 6, 2020 - 11:14:11 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9468 posts since 1/22/2003

No idea what string gauges they use, but you can see the heads on YouTube videos. Cathy Fink has more than one banjo, they do not all have the same head type. I see her playing a banjo with a Remo top-frosted head, another banjo has a Remo Renaissance head… I see Ken Perlman with a Five Star frosted head…

Jun 9, 2020 - 7:39:21 PM
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1204 posts since 2/9/2007

The most important, and most difficult, factor in banjo setup is how you adjust the nut
that sits behind the instrument.

Jun 9, 2020 - 10:27:33 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23578 posts since 6/25/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Dan Gellert

The most important, and most difficult, factor in banjo setup is how you adjust the nut
that sits behind the instrument.


yesyes

Jun 9, 2020 - 11:53:46 PM
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janolov

Sweden

40488 posts since 3/7/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Dan Gellert

The most important, and most difficult, factor in banjo setup is how you adjust the nut
that sits behind the instrument.


...especially if that nut has a frosty head smiley

Jun 10, 2020 - 4:30:23 AM

carlb

USA

2110 posts since 12/16/2007

I'm into skin heads and am slowly getting there.

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:40:58 PM
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4844 posts since 5/14/2007

I love these kinds of discussions. A few years ago I was in a workshop with Cathy Fink and Adam Hurt. Cathy went on at some length about how she disliked fiberskyn heads. Adam sat quietly next to her, holding his fiberskynned banjo.

Jun 11, 2020 - 7:25:19 AM

BanjoJoeFitz

Canada

17 posts since 6/11/2020

quote:
Originally posted by John Gribble

I love these kinds of discussions. A few years ago I was in a workshop with Cathy Fink and Adam Hurt. Cathy went on at some length about how she disliked fiberskyn heads. Adam sat quietly next to her, holding his fiberskynned banjo.


Poor Adam haha

Jun 11, 2020 - 7:30 AM

4844 posts since 5/14/2007

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoJoeFitz
quote:
Originally posted by John Gribble

I love these kinds of discussions. A few years ago I was in a workshop with Cathy Fink and Adam Hurt. Cathy went on at some length about how she disliked fiberskyn heads. Adam sat quietly next to her, holding his fiberskynned banjo.


Poor Adam haha


Well, he didn't appear to be particularly disturbed. Both of them sound fabulous, just different. 

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:34:43 AM

Bill

USA

923 posts since 2/6/2003

Mike Iverson wrote an interview piece in which 5 well-known professionals answer your question and several others.

banjoutah.com/resources/PDFs/c...aire1.pdf

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:44:21 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

189 posts since 8/9/2019

I'm not that good of a clawhammer player, but from experience a skin head really shines in the OT style.

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