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Apr 18, 2022 - 11:54:56 AM
2945 posts since 1/16/2013

Thanks for looking!

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Edited by - Ceres Banjo Works on 07/26/2022 12:11:36

Apr 27, 2022 - 12:59:15 PM
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88 posts since 2/22/2006

Thats a good looking banjo. I have one of those timeless banjos from 2001 from Rob Smith. I set it up to play on the street and its formidable. I put parts banjos together from time to time. I was looking at the pics and wondering if your fingerboard is touching the tension hoop. I know the gap can be small ...

May 23, 2022 - 8:21:50 AM

2945 posts since 1/16/2013

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May 23, 2022 - 8:38:55 AM

13458 posts since 6/2/2008

Every banjo you demo sounds great. I'm sure your picking has a lot to do with that.

But as to the banjos: Do you do your own setups? If so, what are your targets for action, tailpiece, and head tension? Preferred string thickness?

Do you have a preferred bridge? They're always straight, but do you tend toward the same maker? Or are you simply keeping the bridges that were on when you got the banjos?

Really curious, because there's a consistency to the sound you get out of all these different banjos. You clearly have a sound in mind and know how to get it.

May 23, 2022 - 8:48:46 AM
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Hey Ken, thanks for your kind words. I do my own set ups and have for years. I don't have specific "targets" that I go for other than "normal range". If the action is too low or too high, I always try to remedy it with the normal adjustments and an occasional heel cut. The tail piece is almost always about an eighth of an inch off of the tension hoop with a presto style. Head tension is almost always G#. I use 10,11,13,20,10 strings.
as far as bridges are concerned… I only replace if it's not a quality bridge in my opinion. There are so many great bridge makers today that usually I just leave them alone. I figure as soon as these banjos arrive with their new owner, that person will then make changes anyway… Because they are a banjo player ha ha!. 
I do all of my videos with my iPhone SE.
thanks!
jim
quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory

Every banjo you demo sounds great. I'm sure your picking has a lot to do with that.

But as to the banjos: Do you do your own setups? If so, what are your targets for action, tailpiece, and head tension? Preferred string thickness?

Do you have a preferred bridge? They're always straight, but do you tend toward the same maker? Or are you simply keeping the bridges that were on when you got the banjos?

Really curious, because there's a consistency to the sound you get out of all these different banjos. You clearly have a sound in mind and know how to get it.


Edited by - Ceres Banjo Works on 05/23/2022 08:49:31

May 23, 2022 - 6:59:51 PM

6610 posts since 10/13/2007

Jim,
If you don't mind my asking about the strings: what company sells that configuration of gauge 10,11,13,20,10. Or do you have to get them custom or individual string?
thanks,
Ken

Edited by - From Greylock to Bean Blossom on 05/23/2022 19:01:23

May 23, 2022 - 9:13:18 PM

2945 posts since 1/16/2013

Ken, i've been getting those strings for quite some time from Arthur Hatfield. They are GHS strings. Kenny Ingram put me on to those and I really like them. I also have some individual strings in that gauge that I use as well.
jim
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Originally posted by From Greylock to Bean Blossom

Jim,
If you don't mind my asking about the strings: what company sells that configuration of gauge 10,11,13,20,10. Or do you have to get them custom or individual string?
thanks,
Ken


Edited by - Ceres Banjo Works on 05/23/2022 21:15:12

May 24, 2022 - 5:23:35 AM
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6610 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Ceres Banjo Works
Ken, i've been getting those strings for quite some time from Arthur Hatfield. They are GHS strings. Kenny Ingram put me on to those and I really like them. I also have some individual strings in that gauge that I use as well.
jim
quote:
Originally posted by From Greylock to Bean Blossom

Jim,
If you don't mind my asking about the strings: what company sells that configuration of gauge 10,11,13,20,10. Or do you have to get them custom or individual string?
thanks,
Ken


 


Thanks Jim.

ken

Jun 22, 2022 - 7:56:34 AM

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Jun 22, 2022 - 11:37:14 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by From Greylock to Bean Blossom

Jim,
If you don't mind my asking about the strings: what company sells that configuration of gauge 10,11,13,20,10. Or do you have to get them custom or individual string?
thanks,
Ken


Ken, American Made Banjo makes a set with those gauges as does Curt Mangan. There may be others, check out Juststrings.com.

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Jun 22, 2022 - 12:13:31 PM

6610 posts since 10/13/2007

Thank you Arnie, I will check them out. Appreciate it.
ken
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Jun 22, 2022 - 12:21:35 PM
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46 posts since 1/17/2006

GHS PF-190, Americana series banjo strings, "Light", cryogenic, are 10,11,13,20JD,10.

Jun 22, 2022 - 5:16:05 PM
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I apologize for the thread drift, but I just had to comment that the GHS set Robert mentioned and the Curt Mangan set I mentioned illustrate how meaningless terms like "light" and "medium" are. Both of these sets have the same gauges - 10,11,13,20,10 - yet the Curt Mangan set is labelled "Traditional Medium" and the GHS set is labelled "Light"!

Jun 22, 2022 - 6:21:13 PM
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13458 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by rardinger

GHS PF-190, Americana series banjo strings, "Light", cryogenic, are 10,11,13,20JD,10.


These are what I've been using lately.

I'd like it if the 4th were 22, but so far I haven't really noticed much difference.

Used to use PF145: 10-12-13-22-10. That's a good mix for me, too.

Mapes -- the makers of the piano wire used by several string manufacturers -- has restored the option to build your own custom sets. $5 for regular wire, $6 for "octacore."

I may try that some time. But I have four or five sets of the PF190, so it may be a while.

Jul 26, 2022 - 12:12:42 PM

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