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Vellum choice/thickness
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Greetings! I've been working on an old Morrison banjo and just about have her all polished and cleaned up to my liking. I still need a vellum for it, and I've seen many different types available. I'd…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Mar 14, 2015.

Medium vs. Light gauge strings?
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Hi fellow pickers! I'm trying to decide on a new set of strings to try. On my guitars over the years I've always used light or extra light guage strings, particlularly because that is what my idols…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson Feb 18, 2015.

Quest for the right banjo!
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Greeting lads and ladies! Dow here...years ago I started a quest to find/piece to-gether the right gut-string banjo to replicate that old Ossman twang. Work and life distracted me and I never pursued…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Cioffi Sep 30, 2015.

Classic Banjo newbie introduction!
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Well hello all! My name is Dow. I am 32 years old and work for the railroad as a switchman in Seattle. I joined this site in 2012, but dont think I introduced myself, and I havent been around much, I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hal Allert Dec 28, 2014.

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"Hi Dow   Let folks here know how things work out with your Morrison renewal.."
Mar 17, 2015
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Mar 17, 2015
Trapdoor2 replied to Texican65's discussion Vellum choice/thickness
"Wise folks here. All I can do is relate my experiences. I have used both calf and goat, mottled and white. The calfskin heads I've used have always been "harder" than the goat. I've never kept a goatskin on any banjo for…"
Mar 14, 2015
Shawn McSweeny replied to Texican65's discussion Vellum choice/thickness
"Elderly Instruments have goat and calf heads,  different diameters and grades. You'll need a 16" diam. head. Medium thickness should be fine. Elderly prices  according to quality are : $13.50, $34.50, $48, $58, $75. If you have…"
Mar 14, 2015
Jody Stecher replied to Texican65's discussion Vellum choice/thickness
"To add to my reply: the chief characteristic sound of Van Eps and Ossman was short sustain. more that than brightness.  A Remo plastic head will add reverb and sustain and you might not want that. So a natural vellum or a Ren head are better…"
Mar 14, 2015
Jody Stecher replied to Texican65's discussion Vellum choice/thickness
"As far as I know there is no difference in sound quality between mottled vellums and pure white bleached evenly colored ones and between these and everything in between. Ossman used different banjos and I'm guessing he used what he could get…"
Mar 14, 2015
Texican65 replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"A couple weeks ago on the "hangout", somebody posted about Rev. Gary Davis playing 6 string banjo. Myself having never experinced a black bluesman playing banjo...I checked it out and..SON...it's well worth a listen...I liked it…"
Feb 22, 2015
Texican65 replied to Dave Houle's discussion Vess L. Ossman Recording of Yankee Doodle 1900
"Thanks Dave for sharing....that was awesome! Definately different from the previous available recording I am familiar with. It's always amazing to hear something new to my ears from one of "the greats"!   And Shawn...how did you…"
Feb 22, 2015
Richard William Ineson replied to Texican65's discussion Medium vs. Light gauge strings?
"Never, never, give up."
Feb 18, 2015
Patrick Garner replied to Texican65's discussion Medium vs. Light gauge strings?
"Giving up is not an option, Steve. Dude, it only gets better. :-)"
Feb 17, 2015
Steve Harrison replied to Texican65's discussion Medium vs. Light gauge strings?
"Hi Dave. to a certain extent it depends on how hard you play. I've got hands like navvies' shovels and a touch like an Irish midwife consequently I find that Clifford Essex heavy gauge better suit my style. It's really a case of suck…"
Feb 17, 2015
Jody Stecher replied to Texican65's discussion Medium vs. Light gauge strings?
"yup! all those things. A two footed bridge with not much mass, a tight head, a forceful technique. these all have an effect. Some downward pressure caused by some tailpieces can also help. Also high tension strings (they can feel  thin but they…"
Feb 17, 2015
Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion Medium vs. Light gauge strings?
"Well what the heck? I'm sitting here thinking...well then where does that crisp piercing twang come from, a person's technique, how forceful they pluck the string...and banjo set-up? Is there a more favorable string style proper for this…"
Feb 17, 2015
Jody Stecher replied to Texican65's discussion Medium vs. Light gauge strings?
"The lighter ones aren't crisper either!  "
Feb 17, 2015
Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion Medium vs. Light gauge strings?
"Hey thanks a lot Jody...that helps! I need crispness...I think I will pursue the starchy lighter gauge sets! I will let you know how that red 4th performs.   Dow"
Feb 17, 2015
Jody Stecher replied to Texican65's discussion Medium vs. Light gauge strings?
"The Aquila sets with the wound 4th strings are better in my opinion. The fat nylgut fourths don't respond as I'd like them to. I've only tried the milky colored unwound fourths however, not the red,  No matter what set you chose…"
Feb 16, 2015

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At 1:37 on January 28, 2015, Randall Ferguson said…
No, I'm sorry, it was sold a few years ago.
At 3:15 on March 17, 2015, Shawn McSweeny said…

Hi Dow   Let folks here know how things work out with your Morrison renewal..

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