I seen post on here about high dollar banjos of different models and I think Raymond Fairchild had some very nice 5 strings . I would think he left some extremely valuable banjos to his family. He was a great player in my opinion and I met him and he was very nice fellow .
Edited by - musicman69 on 10/23/2020 19:30:36
Raymond was unique. His Whoa Mule Lane banjo shares an identical pot to my Model G. Harry made them in the same batch.
I have a bunch of Raymond CD's that Harry gave me and I used to have a bunch of his LP's. I always like to see him and the Crowe Brothers. They made a lot of music.
His style was like a pot with several different well known players mixed into one form . Gosh he was fast but extremely accurate and unique, personally I was extremely impressed but that of my on opinion as we definitely all have one , kind of like how we all hear the tone of banjos you might say , lol . I always loved to hear him play . But I swear I think I heard he bought or traded or somehow ended up with a banjo from Ralph Stanley many years ago and it was a Gibson , but I could be wrong but if I’m correct it was a prewar Gibson not sure the model but I would venture to say it would be extremely valuable. I could be mistaken just wondering if anyone had any knowledge of it . I know his pictures on Facebook has him with several different banjos and them photos go way back in time so I know he’s bound to have had some valuable 5 strings .
You can contact his son Zane and he may be willing to discuss Raymond's banjo with you.
'5 Star banjo heads' 43 min
'Metal pot banjo' 51 min
'What style is this?' 2 hrs
'Focus for clawhammer ' 2 hrs
'Dooley' 3 hrs