Peter LaBau
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Peter LaBau and Roy Manning are now friends
Jun 23
Shawn McSweeny left a comment for Peter LaBau
"Hi Peter : That's a beautiful banjo. I can just hear Doug describing it : " bound double gryphon peghead, column fingerboard with scalloped diamonds, three piece neck,  . . . "  Let me know if you're…"
Jan 21
Peter LaBau left a comment for Shawn McSweeny
"Hi Shawn- sorry to be slow to respond, I only check in here once in a while, all the while knowing I need to do it more frequently! Thanks so much for your note, and it's so nice to know that something I did affected you in a such a positive…"
Jan 21
Shawn McSweeny left a comment for Peter LaBau
"Hi Peter ; It was listening to your wonderful Titanic String Band CD that launched me into classic banjo about a decade ago. Doug Unger tells me he made a banjo for you. Do you still have it? "
Jan 6
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Jan 6
Peter LaBau and carrie horgan are now friends
Oct 5, 2014
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"Excellent! Well played, and the banjo sounds really good. It's actually quite close to the sound I get out of my Unger Tubaphone, on which I use Chris Sands' Medium strings. Thanks again! - P."
Jul 7, 2014
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"Hi Peter, sure thing! Here's a solo I recorded with my Weaver about a year ago, strung with CE Heavy strings.0  With a Classic Style setup and technique it doesn't sound tubby at all and is quite shrill and piercing on the high end…"
Jul 7, 2014
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"Point taken, Jody. I was only implying that there would have to  be some diminishment of sound quality even in the remarkably accurate cylinder recordings of the time. The music must have sounded richer in person, but you are certainly correct,…"
Jul 7, 2014
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"Peter, I'm not sure I agree about what we know about the tone that early players got.  What we do know does not square with the deeper richer tone theory. Really early players who used enormous pots and tuned low, yes, they got more depth.…"
Jul 7, 2014
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"Hi Mike, now you've got me thinking about my extended fingerboard Van Eps/Tubaphone Frankenstein. It's actually a 28-1/4" scale, which puts the bridge 1/4" further away from the center of the head than is the case with my…"
Jul 7, 2014
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"Hi Ian, yes, the 12"/22 frets feature on the New Weaver was a major selling point for me. As a consequence of the slightly shorter scale length, the bridge is also located close to the centre of the head also gives it a very bouncy tone when…"
Jul 6, 2014
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"I always wanted an extended fingerboard banjo ;-) They look nice and my Clifford Essex Professional 12" hoop, would be perfection if the 19 frets could be extended to top C.  My vellum has a grubby finger mark caused by my pinky pressing…"
Jul 6, 2014
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"Hi Ian, yes, the neck is wider than what would have been on a banjo like this originally. It's 1-5/16" at the nut, and 2" at the other end. The neck shape is that of a Whyte Laydie replica I owned years ago that was built by Mike…"
Jul 4, 2014
thereallyniceman commented on Peter LaBau's photo
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"That is one beautiful banjo, Peter. Doug Unger's work is amazingly beautiful. I found that Fairbanks/ Vega banjo necks were a little narrow for my fat fingers. Is this neck a little wider than normal?"
Jul 4, 2014
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A recent promo shot. The banjo is a 1910 Vega Tubaphone (11-1/2" pot) with a custom 28" scale neck by Doug Unger.
Jul 4, 2014

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Comment Wall (9 comments)

At 18:32 on April 12, 2010, Trapdoor2 said…
Welcome, Peter! Did someone say "Titanic Stringband"? ;-) Are your recordings available? I would certainly like to hear that Morley right hand!!
At 19:38 on April 12, 2010, Trapdoor2 said…
Yes, a tune list would be great (and also where to get, how much, etc.). Oh, and "Mr. Trapdoor" sounds so formal, don't you think? You could call me Marc, but there's two Marcs here. If you need to sort us out, I'm Marc S. (Smith) and he's Marc D. (Dalmasso).
At 20:08 on April 12, 2010, Trapdoor2 said…
Woohoo! All great tunes. I have been thinking of working on "The Banshee" myself lately. Ok, I got $15 ready to go...do you accept Paypal?
At 20:57 on April 12, 2010, Trapdoor2 said…
Done! Thanks!!

===Marc
At 23:29 on April 12, 2010, J. Adam Latham said…
Hi Peter,
Welcome to the site. Looking forward to your contributions!

I'd also be interested in purchasing one of your CDs. Can you let me know how to get one?

All the best,
Adam
At 4:13 on April 13, 2010, Joel Hooks said…
Hello, If you've got a CD, I'm in. Let me know how to send you money.
At 12:25 on April 13, 2010, Trapdoor2 said…
Hi Peter, your email addy didn't work, but no worries, family is far more important. Please accept my condolences and come back when you can! My home email is madsmith at knology dot net if wish to send the info to me.

===Marc
At 4:44 on January 6, 2016, Shawn McSweeny said…

Hi Peter ; It was listening to your wonderful Titanic String Band CD that launched me into classic banjo about a decade ago. Doug Unger tells me he made a banjo for you. Do you still have it? 

At 15:10 on January 21, 2016, Shawn McSweeny said…

Hi Peter : That's a beautiful banjo. I can just hear Doug describing it : " bound double gryphon peghead, column fingerboard with scalloped diamonds, three piece neck,  . . . " 

Let me know if you're ever travelling this way (Toronto).  You'd probably enjoy seeing my collection. Images posted  to my members page here are just the "tip of the iceberg."

Shawn

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