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    Re: When to replace strings?

    How often ? - well maybe not as often as the folk who make / sell them would like you to !. I've been playing banjo for 53 years & i've had strings on one for months at a time & they sounded fine -...
  2. Re: What makes a removable resonator less ideal than a flange des

    Thanks LBV / Tobin - It seems that you were refering to an older style of banjo which,as i said i haven't seen. - "....uses shoe brackets all the way around the rim...". I know what they are. Most UK...
  3. Re: Does a good/great banjo have to be so heavy?

    Hi Dave - A correction if i may. John Hartford's Deering ''Woodtone'' was designed for him well before he became very ill. JH had a standard Bluegrass style banjo complete with tone ring,but he...
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    Re: $1,000 Bluegrass Banjo

    I bought a Gold Star GF85 going back around 11 years ago & in all honesty,it was superb in every way !. I'd owned my Stelling Bellflower for close to 20 years at the time (i still own it). Mine was...
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    Re: MF Knipp - 1929 - RB-Granada - 9475-1

    Hi Jim - What's to discuss 'really' ?. Totally,utterly superb !!!!. I had the pleasure of playing a similar one at the IBMA Festival in Owensboro Ky,back in 1992 - that one had belonged to Don Reno &...
  6. Re: What makes a removable resonator less ideal than a flange des

    Hi LBV - Ivan from the Mandolin Cafe here. Re.5-string banjos,they fall into 2 camps - Open back = no resonator at all,& resonator banjos with the resonator & flange. I'm not too sure what you mean...
  7. Re: Melodic "Keith" Style Compared to Scruggs Style.

    Listen to Earl playing any of his 'classic' tunes & then listen to Bill Keith playing 'Sailor's Hornpipe' & you really begin to wonder how the h*** anybody could play such a tune on A banjo. Bill...
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    Re: Hi from the UK !.

    Many thanks - Avatar completed !,:grin:
    Ivan;)
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    Re: Hi from the UK !.

    Hi Tobin - It's nice to see familiar 'faces' on here. Yes,lets hope all the Mando.Cafe members who play the ''other'' instrument, migrate over here as well. I'll have to figure out how to put my...
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    Hi from the UK !.

    Hi all - A new 'old picker' here. I've been playing banjo (self taught) since 1963.I'm still a ''Banjo H*****t'' memebr,but i've 'lapsed'. However,having taken up mandolin close to 11 years ago,i've...
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    Re: Grundy

    One brand that you might care to check out are the Gold Star banjos. I've played a Stelling Bellflower for close to 30 years,but when the Gold Star 're-issue' banjos,made in China, came out about 11...
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