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Feb 25, 2024 - 8:32:30 PM
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5 posts since 11/19/2019

I just posted an ad for my (almost) new Rickard 12-inch Dobson in the classifieds. It seems most people prefer the larger pot for its projection and deeper bottom. I agree with those descriptions but I used to own an 11 inch openback and am finding the 12 incher a bit unwieldy for my mid-seventies creaky body.

I’m hoping to find someone with the opposite preference who owns an 11 incher but really wants a bigger pot who’ll do a trade. Is this much ado about nothing or does size really matter. Thx, -steve

Feb 26, 2024 - 4:35:20 AM
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298 posts since 11/20/2011

I too am mid 70's with an unwieldy body and I play mostly a 12" open back. It's the sound I prefer from the 12" and since music is all about the sound to me, I just adapt. Have phun.

Mar 3, 2024 - 8:53:01 AM

4157 posts since 5/12/2010

I am fast approaching my 70s.

I have been playing banjos with a 12" rim and short scale since around 2011. I play sitting down, and the larger pot fits my body better than a 11" and combined with the shorter neck the balance and shorter reach help a lot with my left shoulder.

I have built a number of short scale 12" pot banjos for older players and all of them say they are more comfortable to play than a smaller pot with a standard scale.

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