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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo - what have you got?

    Bob - My student (she's 13) loves her little Weymann model 140, but she'll probably grow out of it eventually. The ABM tuners work great, but they're not cheap -- we were lucky as my banjo repair...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo - what have you got?

    Bob -- Those are nice looking banjos. Does your Weymann have the old Grover Champion friction tuners? My teenage student has a 1920 Weymann Keystone State 140 that had its original friction tuners,...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo - what have you got?

    Jill -- good to hear you're liking the Deering! I also lean toward the Newtone strings, They're not long lasting, but I do like their "warm" sound (and the wound A).
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    Thanks, Mike! See you at O'Flaherty's this year perhaps??
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    Re: Where have all the old tenor necks gone?

    Good question! Being a tenor player with a preference for vintage instruments, I've often thought of that too. I suggest getting in touch with Vinnie Mondello in Texas (www.4stringbanjos.com) -- a...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo - what have you got?

    Jill -- My Deluxe was mahogany neck and res as well, and in gloss finish; Sierra was the same thing only in satin finish. This was before they reissued them a couple of years ago with more bling on...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo - what have you got?

    Jill -- Good solid banjo! I think (and guessing I could be wrong!) that the Standard may have been the forerunner for the Sierra and Deluxe lines. Does it have mahogany neck and resonator? Was that...
  8. Re: What Irish Traditional Banjo Player(s) have influenced you?

    Brian McGrath, Angelina Carberry, John Carty, Kieran Hanrahan, Stevie Dunne, Brian Kelly, Enda Scahill, Adrian McAuliffe, to name some ... the first three are my favourites.
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo - what have you got?

    Jill, Are you aware of the 19-fret Clareen Elite Gold for sale in the BH classified? I think it's in WI. Pretty classy banjo.
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    Re: How do you pick it?

    I find Blue Chip, even the TD35, too heavy for tenor banjo playing, although do-able (I use the BC for mandolin though). I prefer Clayton Black Raven 0.50 for melody playing. Many like the Dunlop...
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    Re: Accompaniment

    I agree, a no-no in Irish -- the tenor banjo in "Irish" GDAE tuning is basically a melody instrument for tunes, typically played with a flatpick/plectrum. I have a couple of CDs by well-known Irish...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo - what have you got?

    Martin -- I had one of those, and I think that model with the arch-top head is an excellent value for the price. I let mine go so I could take the plunge for my vintage Epiphone, but certainly...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo - what have you got?

    Carl, I use those gauges on my 19-fret, but for the 17-fret I use a .040w or even .042w for the low G string to counter the intonation issue you can get with a lighter string on the short scale....
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    Re: American Banjo Museum, Oklahoma City

    Great photos, thanks! 'Gotta go there...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo - what have you got?

    Great new site!!! I have an Epiphone Recording A and a short-scale Clareen Oyster -- both great tenor banjos. Like many, I also made the move from mandolin (but still play the mandolin).
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