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May 27, 2022 - 6:35:36 AM
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195 posts since 2/22/2019

Well after much consideration I bought a Nechville Maple Galaxy Phantom. Waiting on shipment and delivery. Very excited, hoping my journey into the 5 string is a safe one.

May 27, 2022 - 6:40:15 AM
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Tuvalu

12229 posts since 2/22/2007

Congrats, a dream banjo for sure.

May 27, 2022 - 6:50:38 AM

37 posts since 5/21/2017

Congrats! Welcome to the Banjo Revolution!

May 27, 2022 - 7:53:01 AM

623 posts since 2/6/2018

Congrats! Saw Noam Pikelny a few years back with Stuart Duncan and he was playing his Galaxy Phantom (not his 30's top tension Gibson). Afterwards he said he loved playing the Nechville and having on the road. Sounded great (although that guy can make a rubber band sound amazing). Good choice!

May 27, 2022 - 11:48:55 AM

rmcdow

USA

1115 posts since 11/8/2014

I have the Nechville Moonshine that I converted to an open back by removing the flange. One of my favorite banjos. I put maple balls in it instead of the steel bearings; that brought down the weight, and made it a very go to banjo, light and easy to handle.

May 28, 2022 - 5:54:27 AM

195 posts since 2/22/2019

quote:
Originally posted by rmcdow

I have the Nechville Moonshine that I converted to an open back by removing the flange. One of my favorite banjos. I put maple balls in it instead of the steel bearings; that brought down the weight, and made it a very go to banjo, light and easy to handle.


Where did you get the maple balls?  Are other woods/materials available? 

May 28, 2022 - 7:30:29 AM

rmcdow

USA

1115 posts since 11/8/2014

quote:
Originally posted by HighLonesomeF5
quote:
Originally posted by rmcdow

I have the Nechville Moonshine that I converted to an open back by removing the flange. One of my favorite banjos. I put maple balls in it instead of the steel bearings; that brought down the weight, and made it a very go to banjo, light and easy to handle.


Where did you get the maple balls?  Are other woods/materials available? 


I believe the balls were birch rather than maple.  Here is where I got them.  They are 3/8" rather than the 13/32" steel balls that come in the Nechville, as 13/32" and 10mm balls were not available through Casey's.

https://www.caseyswood.com/shoppingcart/zen-cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=159_157&products_id=4

Casey's Wood says they will make larger balls in other wood species, but I have never asked them about that or if they would consider making 10mm or 3/8" balls.  There are other materials available, especially when you go to various mineral balls.  I have rose quartz balls and hematite balls in 10mm size, and there are probably about 40 types of minerals that come in 10mm balls.  I have not used them in the Nechville, and found them at a rock and mineral show, then saw that they are for sale in many gem suppliers and on ebay.  I also tried 10mm cultured pearls, scattering them through the birch balls, but found that the cultured pearls are not exactly round, they vary in diameter by up to 3/4" when measuring the axis and circumference of the pearl.  I got one stuck in my Nechville, and it took me an hour to get the ring unscrewed because of that, so I never tried that again.  I sent a set of 80 of the birch balls to Tom; he liked the sound, but I never saw that he offered them as an alternative to his ceramic and metal balls.  I understand that Tom now uses 79 balls rather than 80 in his banjos, and can understand why.  One thing I found when using the 3/8" birch balls was that there was more room between the balls, just a tiny bit, but enough so that the balls didn't tend to rub against each other and make it more difficult to adjust the head tension.  I think reducing the steel ball count to 79 had the same effect, as I remember that happening when I had steel balls in another Nechville that I have, before I changed it to birch balls.  

Edited by - rmcdow on 05/28/2022 07:34:44

May 28, 2022 - 11:16:20 AM

336 posts since 7/29/2011

Congatulations!
Post some pictures when you get it.

May 28, 2022 - 11:26:36 AM

Debbiej

USA

192 posts since 1/6/2004

Congratulations! Where did you end up getting the Phantom from? I've had 2 and have enjoyed both a lot, I don't know why I sold them but I know I miss them. I'm considering buying another one and the maple for me is the way to go.  What kind of tone ring are you getting with your banjo, they hybrid or the 20 hole metal tonering?

Enjoy your new banjo!

Edited by - Debbiej on 05/28/2022 11:29:00

May 28, 2022 - 12:52:08 PM

195 posts since 2/22/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Debbiej

Congratulations! Where did you end up getting the Phantom from? I've had 2 and have enjoyed both a lot, I don't know why I sold them but I know I miss them. I'm considering buying another one and the maple for me is the way to go.  What kind of tone ring are you getting with your banjo, they hybrid or the 20 hole metal tonering?

Enjoy your new banjo!


I bought it from Dave at Turtle Hill.  It has the hybrid TR but Dave is willing to switch it out.

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