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Nov 23, 2021 - 5:40:24 PM
11803 posts since 2/22/2007

Just realized that I had not seen any posts from him for a long time now. I always loved his playing and thought that he had a special touch and a unique approach to banjo. Anyone?

Nov 23, 2021 - 5:43:19 PM

chuckv97

Canada

61571 posts since 10/5/2013
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Don Borchelt would know,,, he interviewed him for BNL a few years back. Hi Don,, are you out there/here?

Nov 24, 2021 - 7:07:56 AM
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7378 posts since 11/4/2005

Don Couchie and I stopped to see Jim on our way home from the last Clifftop back in 2019, or maybe the year before. He seemed in good spirits, but I recall him saying that he doesn't play much anymore, something to do with problems with his arm. This is a terrible loss to the banjo world. Jim is my absolute favorite banjo player, and he was a huge influence on my own playing. I strongly recommend to every BHO member, bluegrass or old time or whatever, that you check out his homepage with all of his wonderful videos. His stunningly beautiful rendition of Dark As a Dungeon is my favorite:
 

Nov 24, 2021 - 7:32:55 AM

3733 posts since 9/12/2016

Jim Reed a definite example of tone and taste maxed out especially in melodic scale songs.He quit posting pretty much cold turkey--mentioned getting too old--I think those grandkids were needing attention a lot too He had posted a tremendous amount ,already .

Nov 24, 2021 - 7:47:45 AM

banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

11803 posts since 2/22/2007

Thanks for the info guys. I hope that he is doing well, banjo or not. Don, I can see the connection, and both of you play "Bluegrass" technique yet both seem right at home in the Old Time world. And both of you play most tasty banjo.

Nov 24, 2021 - 8:12:45 AM
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6401 posts since 10/13/2007

There was no tone prettier than what Jim Reed pulled and he was a nice guy to everyone. Miss his playing and person big time. we were blessed to hear him play.
ken

Nov 24, 2021 - 11:53:13 AM

6401 posts since 10/13/2007

And for the record, Jim was offered jobs by both Bill Monroe and Charlie Waller and get the video of him and Sammy Shelor playing Angeline the Baker.
ken

Nov 29, 2021 - 9:04:03 AM

4009 posts since 5/1/2003

I used to love hearing Jim in the old Hangout chat room.
He played a ‘26 ball bearing as I remember. Several of us had similar banjos at the time. I still have my ‘26 plus a recently acquired ‘25.

Nov 29, 2021 - 9:06:52 AM

6401 posts since 10/13/2007

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Originally posted by Ks_5-picker

I used to love hearing Jim in the old Hangout chat room.
He played a ‘26 ball bearing as I remember. Several of us had similar banjos at the time. I still have my ‘26 plus a recently acquired ‘25.


But he inverted the tone ring so it looked like a flat head.

ken

Nov 29, 2021 - 9:52:59 AM

4009 posts since 5/1/2003

Sure, now that you mention it. , I tried that at one time myself. Not much difference in tone to my ears.

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