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Jun 21, 2020 - 8:24:21 AM
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2178 posts since 9/25/2006

Take a listen and tell me what you think.

https://youtu.be/zaYl-Oij8B8


Edited by - revellfa on 06/21/2020 08:25:24

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:38:12 AM

3136 posts since 9/12/2016

I heard one in the 70s thought it was great. would love to get around one for real. Can you give us a longer  peak inside ?

Edited by - Tractor1 on 06/21/2020 08:42:23

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:40:22 AM
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beegee

USA

21747 posts since 7/6/2005

Hub Nitchie of BNL had one. Great banjo.

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:46:08 AM

3136 posts since 9/12/2016

i am thinking for melodics.,but it does have a stanley staccato sound.Nope it does not sound like a flathead but sometimes I like to travel to non flat head tones

Jun 21, 2020 - 9:37:34 AM

2178 posts since 9/25/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Tractor1

i am thinking for melodics.,but it does have a stanley staccato sound.Nope it does not sound like a flathead but sometimes I like to travel to non flat head tones


I'll do a longer demonstration perhaps tonight and do some melodics on it for you...

Jun 21, 2020 - 10:54:39 AM

dlmcf

USA

31 posts since 12/10/2019

What the cost on this banjo sounds great to me, Weymann ,never heard of it but has that bluegrass sound , I like it,.?

Jun 21, 2020 - 3:06:45 PM

6 posts since 4/28/2020

youtube.com/watch?v=sVytjuOao6g&t=205s
They sound pretty decent to me :)

Jun 21, 2020 - 3:12:56 PM

Lost 54

Australia

795 posts since 2/9/2007

I had a great friend who owned and played a weymann conversion ,he bought it off jimmy arnold who delivered it to him in 1992 to australia ,both jimmy and bob could really make it sing . R.I.P. to both of them.ps . the banjo only had a metal steel hoop as a tone ring .

Jun 21, 2020 - 5:40:30 PM
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RevD

USA

103 posts since 4/8/2019

Jerry Garcia played them at different points in his career, but wow that one does want to be a bluegrass banjo. Intonation ,give it a hug and smile and call it good. Thanks for sharing that was cool.

Jun 22, 2020 - 11:19:40 AM
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DSmoke

USA

849 posts since 11/30/2015

There are a lot of 4 string players that would prefer you leave them for us. Y'all can keep the Gibsons for conversions. Thanks.

Jun 22, 2020 - 11:37:43 AM
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10787 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by RevD

Jerry Garcia played them at different points in his career, but wow that one does want to be a bluegrass banjo. Intonation ,give it a hug and smile and call it good. Thanks for sharing that was cool.


The Old and In the Way recordings from The Boarding House feature Jerry on this Weyman.

 

He also played Brand X, of course, as in this picture from one of the outdoor events on the tour.

but the shows I saw (2 of the 4) had him playing the Weyman more often.

Jun 22, 2020 - 12:18:44 PM

13 posts since 5/7/2008

Hello,

If anyone is interested, I have a mint Weymann 2 Plectrum, which would be perfect for conversion.

Regards
Kevin.

Jun 22, 2020 - 4:31:29 PM
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Jun 22, 2020 - 7:02:16 PM

3136 posts since 9/12/2016

Don't know how it was in the room ,or the mic situation,but about half thru when you changed up that is when it got really rich on these cheap earphones thanks for posting

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:53:44 PM
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stevo58

Germany

43 posts since 12/29/2012

quote:
Originally posted by DSmoke

There are a lot of 4 string players that would prefer you leave them for us. Y'all can keep the Gibsons for conversions. Thanks.


This. 

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:14:04 AM
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lanemb

USA

120 posts since 3/11/2018

Did any of them come as a 5 string?

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:52:02 AM

10787 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by lanemb

Did any of them come as a 5 string?


Scroll up. Jerry Garcia is playing an original 5 string Weymann with its pop-off resonator. They're rare but out there.

Edited by - mikehalloran on 06/24/2020 10:52:43

Jun 24, 2020 - 1:04:12 PM

2178 posts since 9/25/2006

quote:
Originally posted by stevo58
quote:
Originally posted by DSmoke

There are a lot of 4 string players that would prefer you leave them for us. Y'all can keep the Gibsons for conversions. Thanks.


This. 


I get it, I get it.  I don't really like to see tenors chopped up either.  But if you don't want us to chop them up somebody's gotta get out there with them!

Jun 24, 2020 - 1:36:39 PM
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stevo58

Germany

43 posts since 12/29/2012

What’s next? Ne plus Ultras? You guys are already chopping up the tubaphones. There are so many good modern five-strings. Why destroy the fours? Not many are made any more. 

Edited by - stevo58 on 06/24/2020 13:38:14

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:35:36 AM

DSmoke

USA

849 posts since 11/30/2015

quote:
Originally posted by revellfa
quote:
Originally posted by stevo58
quote:
Originally posted by DSmoke

There are a lot of 4 string players that would prefer you leave them for us. Y'all can keep the Gibsons for conversions. Thanks.


This. 


I get it, I get it.  I don't really like to see tenors chopped up either.  But if you don't want us to chop them up somebody's gotta get out there with them!


We're out there with them!  We might not be in your circle/genre so maybe you aren't aware.  These banjos don't last long when for sale at a reasonable price.  I play Irish trad and these are my favorite banjos.  I have restored/setup about 10 over the past few years all out there playing trad now.

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:27:32 AM

171 posts since 4/5/2016

I respectfully urge you all to consider not converting these banjos. You already made Gibsons impossible for us tenor banjo players to find (except the necks). Weymann's are really great banjos for Irish Trad. Please let us have these.  :)

Edited by - Nate Banton on 06/26/2020 07:27:56

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:37:01 AM

2178 posts since 9/25/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Nate Banton

I respectfully urge you all to consider not converting these banjos. You already made Gibsons impossible for us tenor banjo players to find (except the necks). Weymann's are really great banjos for Irish Trad. Please let us have these.  :)


Point well taken 

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:33:53 PM

147 posts since 11/28/2012

Love it! But I would give a lot of credit to the fingers.

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:33 PM
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Ryk

USA

239 posts since 11/20/2011

I am definitely in the camp of leaving the Weymanns to the 4 stringers...Wander over to YouTube and search through Roc MacKillop's postings of old plectrum pieces. Since i was able to get a Weymann tenor for use in Irish music i was sure the tone the Weymann Megaphonic tonal system would really enrich those early pieces. Found one! And now the wait for it to get here.
Thanks,
Ryk

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:30:45 PM

2178 posts since 9/25/2006

quote:
Originally posted by TO in JoMO

Love it! But I would give a lot of credit to the fingers.


Thanks Tom, that's very nice 

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:50:26 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Nate Banton

I respectfully urge you all to consider not converting these banjos. You already made Gibsons impossible for us tenor banjo players to find (except the necks). Weymann's are really great banjos for Irish Trad. Please let us have these.  :)


There is no reason why a five string conversion has to damage the original banjo. Just keep the tenor or plectrum neck.

No harm no foul. Back in the 60's a lot of the old tenors were scavanged for fancy inlays and dowel sticks. But I don't think that's done much any more. I wonder how many of the far more rare 5 strings back in the 20's were irreparably. destroyed to convert them to tenors. 

DD

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