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Oct 13, 2020 - 8:54:10 AM
7012 posts since 2/14/2006

but on the inside, deep down, I want a Yates Granada style Carnegie 558...


Oct 13, 2020 - 9:06:20 AM
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It's important to manage these feelings and share them, so you've made the first step. I'm writing to tell you are not alone, we all feel this way sometimes and we're here for you. The next step is going to be more challenging. You have to win the lottery.

Oct 13, 2020 - 10:03:42 AM

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I would like to have a Yates banjo but that Flying Eagle inlay is a deal breaker for me.

Oct 13, 2020 - 12:50:27 PM
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Tried to find one of these to hear & as close as I could come was on Warrens site whereby he played a just completed 'Mule banjo w/ a 558 ring ?
Maybe it is not a true sound example of the 7k 558 ?

Doug , IMHO you have some of the best sounding banjos I've heard & I ain't no puppy on this subject .    

Edited by - heavy5 on 10/13/2020 12:57:45

Oct 13, 2020 - 2:22:17 PM
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1323 posts since 2/5/2006

I found a sound file earlier of the Yates Granada which Doug is lusting after and I much prefer the sound of his banjos.   JMHO.

Edited by - eMike on 10/13/2020 14:23:37

Oct 13, 2020 - 4:38:02 PM

2333 posts since 4/5/2006

Don't we all have our dream banjo(s)? I my early days, it didn't take much to fill the bill. Then it became a Gibson. Then a Mastertone, any Mastertone, even a fly swatter would do. I scoured every pawn shop I could find in downtown L.A. & not a one. Then discovered that a large percentance of those I was seeing at BG festivals were either cobbled together parts banjos, not Gibson floor sweeps, but mixed breed banjos. Or, what we now refer to as Masterclone's. So my first BG banjo was a custom raised head masterclone. The problem is, since I couldn't afford to pay for it all at once, & this was before credit cards, the internet & PayPal, I would drive across L.A. to Tom Norwood's shop & pay whatever I could, when I could. In doing so, I was able to interact with the builder, talk about bulding techniques, see & choose the woods & other parts, & watch that banjo take shape. The custom neck on the Stelling was a different story. I ordered it, paid for it, & took delivery when it was finished. It's a very nice neck but, that drawn out interaction over time, getting to see it take shape, take a little more off here, can we do this, kind of thing was missing. I doubt I'll ever experience that again. I guess I'll just have to live with what I have. wink     

Oct 13, 2020 - 8:01:54 PM
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393 posts since 9/12/2006

Yep, and everyone wants (or should want) a prewar flathead Gibson. and every banjo wants to be a prewar flathead gibson when it grows up. just sayin'. Although I find the newer generation just doesn't care.

Oct 14, 2020 - 4:07:35 AM

2705 posts since 12/4/2009


In the past, a banjoist selected a multidimensional instrument. Earl Scruggs did. Bela Fleck did. Noam Pikelny did. They listened first, then bought. Today, many banjos are monolithic.

Getting a banjo to be a multidimensional instrument is what this site is about. I bought my RB-12 over the internet on this site. To seek a banjo, something must be the driver. My father’s records lured me. Listening to Pike County Breakdown really got me searching. That was one album.

Today, none of my children took interest in banjo despite the many albums and playing of music. I am kind of glad. Not everyone appreciates a banjoist.

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