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Jul 13, 2021 - 6:01:18 AM
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8 posts since 5/12/2021

My banjo has been a long time coming - it was about 6 months ago that I first started this process. My friend & fiddle teacher has been working on refurbishing this old banjo so that I could have a nickel-free, fretless model. He said he had an old fretless with brass hardware that needed (a lot) of work but might be something if it could be refurbished. Here's what he came up with, and I'm just so darned happy.

*I'm not quite sure where to plop this post since I didn't see a general "hello" category - feel free to move this wherever it fits better. I've been playing it for less than a week, so I guess I'll be a newbie for a good long time. However I have been playing OT fiddle for several years (15 or so?), and harbor a hope that that may give me some sort boost with clawhammer banjo, though I may be dreaming. Also, some of you may know me on  Fiddle Hangout as "Earworm"

The link to my photo works, but I'd rather post the photo within my post here. If you can tell me how to do this, I'd appreciate it.

My New Banjo

Edited by - Fret-Less on 07/13/2021 06:16:20

Jul 13, 2021 - 6:23:40 AM

2581 posts since 5/2/2012

Sweet looking banjo, hope it plays as good as it looks. Fretless, huh? But coming from fiddle, makes sense. Welcome from a fellow Iowan, by the way. Knowing the tunes and having them in your head gives you a big advantage.  This is as good a landing spot as any for this post.

Edited by - thisoldman on 07/13/2021 06:26:53

Jul 13, 2021 - 6:29:31 AM

8 posts since 5/12/2021

Thanks thisoldman, it has nylgut strings - warm tone, really gorgeous sound if I can get the strings moving in all the right directions. I know, I'm a glutton for punishment where fretless is concerned - but I'm to a point (in life, I guess) where I figure I'd better start where I want to end, or I may never get there. I just love the sound of fretless, and yeah, coming from fiddle, it just doesn't scare me.

Jul 13, 2021 - 11:41:11 AM

2581 posts since 5/2/2012

I played clawhammer for awhile when I took up banjo, with a Gold Tone CC-OT. Never felt the need to "move up", but if I had, a banjo like yours would have been on my wish list.

Jul 13, 2021 - 12:51:57 PM

8266 posts since 3/17/2005

Did you want nickel free for the esthetics or some other reason? Just curious :-)

Jul 13, 2021 - 2:01:09 PM

8 posts since 5/12/2021

I’m allergic. It gives me a bad rash. Finding a banjo with no nickel is difficult, too.

Jul 15, 2021 - 2:23:58 PM
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6022 posts since 3/11/2006

Beautiful banjo for sure. Congratulations and welcome!

Jul 15, 2021 - 4:23:48 PM

8 posts since 5/12/2021

Thanks! I just hope I can do it justice. By the way, it has a gorgeous full tone too - I have some work to do!

Edited by - Fret-Less on 07/15/2021 16:24:47

Jul 15, 2021 - 5:27:14 PM

58281 posts since 12/14/2005
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Welcome to the HangOut, where over one hundred and twenty three THOUSAND "spare brains" may be asked for help with ANY problem.

Go to your home page.

RIGHT Click on the image


Come back here.


Click on RICH TEXT

When the box opens, click  on the little landscape icon, 2 spaces to the right of the smiley icon.

When THAT box open, CTRL + V to paste in the image.


it should look like THIS when you're done:

Jul 15, 2021 - 6:06:50 PM

8 posts since 5/12/2021

Excellent! Thanks folks. Any problem? Well…

Jul 15, 2021 - 6:41:10 PM
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My mother's parents were from Iowa.

Jul 15, 2021 - 6:49:02 PM
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8 posts since 5/12/2021

That’s such a sweet picture to share!

Jul 15, 2021 - 7:05:22 PM
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15341 posts since 9/27/2007

Iowa a lot of my upbringing to my folks from Iowa.

Edited by - bubbalouie on 07/15/2021 19:07:23

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