I bought a banjo from him and finally put it all back together and wanted to use a marker pen to capture his name in his banjo for history. It is a phenomenal block rim, made of cherry. The tone ring was hand cast by unknown source. Shoe brackets, and an Eastman Whyte Lady neck.
The whole banjo just got put back together since I bought it from him about a decade ago and played for the first time. Wow! A serious tone machine! So I decided it’s only right to ensure his name as builder stays with the rim assy. And I’ve forgotten.
Got any pics? Is it an open back? Ron Grimsley retired a few years ago, he was Arizona bases and collaborated with Mark Hickler making White Mountain Banjos.
Ron Grimsley was it, thank you so very much. Will post pix when I get chance. Fantastic rim, tone ring, etc, sounds GREAT.
The banjo was unassembled, and I’ve added tuners flange plates and vintage Vega resonator. I’m thinking of adding a beautiful gold plated tensioner tailpiece I bought from Bob Smakula and some more gold on the pot assy.
Unsure if I’ll keep the Vega armrest. It’s sleek and looks right but not the most comfortable armrest you can buy.
Ron Grimsley is at Prescott Banjo
Alive and well. Call him up
+1 on Larry's suggestion. Get him to autograph it!
O love the butterfly flange
The armrest should go for tendon health
Those flanges were from my tool box of junk, the resonator is Vega from late 50s I’d guess. Maybe early 60s. Purchased off here from classifieds.
The armrest does need to go.
The cheap tailpiece I threw on it has to go and I’m considering my pretty gold tensionator tailpiece. You know the kind with individually adjustable fingers. Or a Presto. Ron had this together as an open back, and I can’t recall if I bought with tuners and used them elsewhere or what. I put the pretty gold with black button Gotohs on there.
Boy, it sounds good. And I just threw first bridge that got strings ok. Haven’t even tried to dial it in yet. Just came together sounding good.
Is is pretty. I will post more pix someday after I change armrest and tailpiece.
Glad to see this. He always does the BEST inlays from more common shapes.
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