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Dec 2, 2021 - 5:34:57 PM
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1177 posts since 11/17/2005

I looked at my wall of banjos the other day and remembered when I only had 1 banjo.

I have these and 2 more.

I love instruments and own several. I especially love playing piano, but there is something unique and special about banjos to me.

I always want more banjos for some reason!


 

Dec 2, 2021 - 5:37:57 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

1177 posts since 8/9/2019

Had 3: 1925 Vega Senator original 5 string, 2006 Gold Star GF100, 1928 Gibson Mastertone TB-3 archtop w/ Richie Dotson 5 string neck.

Only have the Mastertone left.

Dec 2, 2021 - 5:55:39 PM
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301 posts since 7/29/2011

I only have two banjos:
The left-handed Deering Goodtime I started out with and the left-handed Prucha Legend (maple) I recently purchased.


Dec 2, 2021 - 6:02:14 PM
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121 posts since 5/8/2021

With the money I make as a teacher and the $20,000 bassoon that gets most of my attention these days, I'm lucky to own a fairly nice Richelieu 5 string.

I'm sure most of you think I'm crazy for saying this, but that's enough for me. Although to be fair, I do really regret selling the Univox branded Kasuga that I started on. 

Edited by - struggle_bus on 12/02/2021 18:05:46

Dec 2, 2021 - 6:19:44 PM
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74 posts since 9/17/2012

Clifford Essex Concert Grand, Clifford Essex Popular, Cedar Mountain, Ome North Star Resonator. Love them all.

Dec 2, 2021 - 6:20:31 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25514 posts since 6/25/2005

14 in playable condition. Several others needing varying degrees of work to be playable. Range from cheapies to the $2-3k range. My only Asian ones are a flush-fret Eastman/Bernunzio EBJ-WL-1 and my only bluegrass banjo, an RK-35.

Dec 2, 2021 - 6:53:38 PM

1177 posts since 11/17/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Michigan Lefty

I only have two banjos:
The left-handed Deering Goodtime I started out with and the left-handed Prucha Legend (maple) I recently purchased.


Being lefthanded would make it petty rough to buy a new banjo. I had never really thought about it, but your options are pretty limited. 

Dec 2, 2021 - 7:05:15 PM
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1177 posts since 11/17/2005

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Originally posted by struggle_bus

With the money I make as a teacher and the $20,000 bassoon that gets most of my attention these days, I'm lucky to own a fairly nice Richelieu 5 string.

I'm sure most of you think I'm crazy for saying this, but that's enough for me. Although to be fair, I do really regret selling the Univox branded Kasuga that I started on. 


I had to Google bassoon for sale after seeing this.  Next thing you know, I was reading about bassoons for 20 minutes. It's apparently one of the hardest instruments to play. 

Then I started watching videos.  The last one was 4 women playing Lady Gaga songs.

That's an unusual instrument. 

I love the internet!

Dec 2, 2021 - 7:12:33 PM
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121 posts since 5/8/2021

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quote:
Originally posted by struggle_bus

With the money I make as a teacher and the $20,000 bassoon that gets most of my attention these days, I'm lucky to own a fairly nice Richelieu 5 string.

I'm sure most of you think I'm crazy for saying this, but that's enough for me. Although to be fair, I do really regret selling the Univox branded Kasuga that I started on. 


I had to Google bassoon for sale after seeing this.  Next thing you know, I was reading about bassoons for 20 minutes. It's apparently one of the hardest instruments to play. 

Then I started watching videos.  The last one was 4 women playing Lady Gaga songs.

That's an unusual instrument. 

I love the internet!


Trust me. If I can play it, it ain't that hard. 

But really, I've heard people say banjo is really hard to play, but I always thought it was so much easier than guitar. For me, clarinet is an absolute nightmare to play. 

Edited by - struggle_bus on 12/02/2021 19:14:42

Dec 2, 2021 - 7:14:51 PM

4875 posts since 5/9/2007
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I have owned over 50 banjos.
I have three now.
Three Birmingham Alabama builders.
Couldn’t be more happy.

MrP

Dec 2, 2021 - 7:24:04 PM

4875 posts since 5/9/2007
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Oh, BTW:
Burns: #3, 2007
Woodward: #3. c 2017
Sproull: #13, 2021

All Openback 5-Strings

Edited by - mrphysics55 on 12/02/2021 19:24:45

Dec 2, 2021 - 8:42:53 PM
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3.5

2012 Bart Reiter Round Peak
1922 WL conversion
1921 Little Wonder Banjolin
Bell Boucher style banjo


 

Dec 2, 2021 - 9:12:54 PM
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127 posts since 11/9/2021

Only 1 banjo, but its a nice one, RM Anderson open back White lady. But I have over a dozen fiddles, many guitars, some mandos, mandola, sax, piccolo, flute. french horn, keyboards, and a few other oddities, like a Portuguese version of a cittern. I play them all. But your right basson is hard and is one I never could play, none of the double reed instruments. Pretty sure more banjos are in the cards for me. Just have to learn on this one.

Edited by - wrench13 on 12/02/2021 21:27:10

Dec 2, 2021 - 9:14:03 PM
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337 posts since 8/17/2010

25. About a half dozen actual "players". The rest I've rescued from near death and returned to decent condition. They're on display. Nothing really valuable. I usually put more $$ into them than they end up being worth. But, they were fun projects.

Dec 2, 2021 - 9:28:15 PM

mrbook

USA

2038 posts since 2/22/2006

I have six at the moment, including an open back that I built. Probably the most I've ever owned at any one time, but I have only owned about six others. Two that I liked very much went back to their original owners, the Harmony I started with and played for 25 years got sold when I got a better banjo, and I picked up three others that I picked up, fixed up, and passed along. Not many for over 50 years of playing, but I have and have had a lot of guitars, mandolins, fiddles, autoharps, ukuleles, and other instruments. Besides playing them, nice ones are works of art, and are fun to have around.

Dec 2, 2021 - 10:12:01 PM
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Foote

USA

549 posts since 3/25/2009

10
27 TB5 Mastertone with Neat conversion neck
27 TB3 Ball bearing conversion neck by Hendricks bros.
Huber VRB-G
Yates Skillet Head
79 Ode Model D
79 Gold Star flathead
30's Kel Kroydon Style 11
RB-6 checkerboard copy
Dale Small pony banjo
Deering John Hartford model


Dec 2, 2021 - 10:51:16 PM
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6 posts since 3/19/2015

I only have two, an early 80’s Alvarez Silver Bell with a Sullivan arch top tone ring, and a 63 Gibson RB 100. I would love to own a blonde maple Ome Juggernaut someday.

Dec 3, 2021 - 12:11:51 AM
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117 posts since 12/19/2017

I have two banjos of the 9 I have owned. A 1926 B&D silver bell conversion and a 1928 Gibson style 2 pot custom built into a 5 string kick’n chicken. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. I play 28 different instruments. My house looks like a pawn shop. Unfortunately the area where I live is musically dead. I can’t find anyone in the area to play with.

Dec 3, 2021 - 12:25:51 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25514 posts since 6/25/2005

My banjo accumulation (see above) started when the house got paid off and funds materialized. For 30 years I had only one—an Essex Concert Grand with a neck rebuilt after being attacked by a plectrum player. Tried though I have, I have yet to find one I prefer.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 12/03/2021 11:57:21

Dec 3, 2021 - 12:47:27 AM
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phb

Germany

3112 posts since 11/8/2010
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I have three banjos, the cheap starter banjo (a Rover 35) I ruined by putting a mesh head on it (and having to "adapt" the tension hoop to make the thicker rim of the mesh head fit), my RK-75 and a Gold Tone E5 for practicing in the evenings. Recently I used the RK with a mute for practice, though, because I needed the D-tuners on my RK-75. The Gold Tone is cheap enough, though, to be out on a stand all the time which I wouldn't do with my RK-75 because someone might knock it over. It's light and I can grab it if I want to try something in the middle of doing other things. I have actually practiced with it while being on some boring and endless online meetings.

I'm not much of a collector but hardly ever give away one of my instruments. The only one I ever gave away was my 1st guitar I got when I was 12. I gave it to my oldest daughter's kindergarten when I saw that they had a much better guitar and how the children treated that. I know it may sound naive but I hope that one more banjo will be enough for me. I want a maple banjo to complement my mahogany RK. The thing is that I want its neck to be very comfortable and playable but I don't know what attributes of a neck would make it feel comfortable. Should it be a little wider than the neck of my RK because I sometimes slip the 1st string off its side? Or is that something I should rather address with better technique and could turn out to be detrimental later on? Should it be a regular length scale (as opposed to the longer scale of the RK) to make playing between the 8th and 12th frets easier? Or would that make playing above the 15th fret too difficult for me? Would a wider string spacing suit me? Radiused? I have considered spending my bonus for a Prucha but I haven't done so because I want to be able to answer these questions before I buy one. But how would I find out without buying lots of banjos?

Dec 3, 2021 - 1:46:22 AM
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58619 posts since 12/14/2005

Still have the Slingerland plectrum my uncle gave me when I was 13.
I did build a 5-string neck for it.
Also have a FRAMUS for which I built a 4-string neck.
Have a Stelling Golden Cross.
Recently acquired a Bart Reiter openback.
(Made a resonator for it out of the Sunday funny pages, so I have a banjo like the Beatles sang about: "Paperback Reiter"

But my main banjo for performing is an Asian cast aluminum archtop, for which (once again) I made a new neck.

I have several other banjii, made of salad bowls and cookie tins and such, but they are up for sale, so I don't consider them MINE to play.

Dec 3, 2021 - 2:50:10 AM
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Helix

USA

15031 posts since 8/30/2006

Bamboo, Chestnut and Black Walnut


 

Edited by - Helix on 12/03/2021 02:51:09

Dec 3, 2021 - 3:04:13 AM
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190 posts since 8/31/2006

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Originally posted by mike gregory



I have several other banjii,


It's not often that you're right, but you're wrong again Mike! "Banjo" is a third declension consonant n- stem noun (nasal), therefore the accusative plural is "banjones," not "banjii."  Three syllables, long E  of course, but before the vowel shift.  

Edited by - tron.miller on 12/03/2021 03:05:54

Dec 3, 2021 - 3:39:23 AM
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4495 posts since 12/6/2009

I only have two. RB !00 Gibson and a Washburn B16.......I only have two hands so don’t even need that many.

Dec 3, 2021 - 3:45:03 AM
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1485 posts since 9/6/2019

At the moment I have 2. I have an Asian cheapo bottlecap that I bought for my son to see if he would like playing banjo and I have a RK-35 that I play. My Stelling that I ordered should be complete this month though.

Dec 3, 2021 - 3:46:50 AM
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Foote

USA

549 posts since 3/25/2009

Thank you for the above English lesson, Dr. Philip. Although I assume meant in fun, as a retired jr. high English teacher (I have no principals and no class), I was very impressed. I was mostly impressed that I was retired and that I am now not going to make a possibly off color remark or pun about vowel shifts.

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