"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…"
"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…"
"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,…"
"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.…"
"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…"
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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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?"
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).
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.