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Oct 18, 2020 - 10:13:46 AM

Brett

USA

2403 posts since 11/29/2005

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.

Oct 18, 2020 - 12:05:27 PM
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574 posts since 7/10/2012

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.

Oct 18, 2020 - 1:13:28 PM

Brett

USA

2403 posts since 11/29/2005

Ron Grimsley was it, thank you so very much. Will post pix when I get chance. Fantastic rim, tone ring, etc, sounds GREAT.

Oct 18, 2020 - 1:31:48 PM
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Brett

USA

2403 posts since 11/29/2005

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.


Oct 18, 2020 - 1:33:59 PM

Brett

USA

2403 posts since 11/29/2005

Unsure if I’ll keep the Vega armrest. It’s sleek and looks right but not the most comfortable armrest you can buy.

Oct 19, 2020 - 3:57:30 AM
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OM45GE

USA

101889 posts since 11/7/2007

That’s lovely

Oct 20, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Helix

USA

13098 posts since 8/30/2006

Ron Grimsley is at Prescott Banjo
Company

Alive and well. Call him up

Oct 23, 2020 - 10:55:34 AM

WesB

USA

281 posts since 12/17/2014

+1 on Larry's suggestion. Get him to autograph it!

Oct 23, 2020 - 12:23:04 PM

Helix

USA

13098 posts since 8/30/2006

O love the butterfly flange

The armrest should go for tendon health

Oct 24, 2020 - 7:05:52 AM

Brett

USA

2403 posts since 11/29/2005

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.

Oct 24, 2020 - 5:42:37 PM

Helix

USA

13098 posts since 8/30/2006

Glad to see this. He always does the BEST inlays from more common shapes.
Very nice.

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