Peter LaBau
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Peter LaBau and carrie horgan are now friends
Oct 5
Mike Moss and Peter LaBau are now friends
Jul 13
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
thereallyniceman commented on Peter LaBau's photo
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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
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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
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
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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
Peter LaBau replied to Greg Adams's discussion EXHIBIT: Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore in Beyond
"Fabulous! Who would have known this exhibit would be an easy drive from Charlottesville, VA- will there be an opening for the show? Any performances planned? Please advise, and thanks, Greg!"
Mar 14
Peter LaBau replied to thereallyniceman's discussion William J Ball... a nice and genuine guy!
"I just had to jump in here and tell you how great it was to see Bill Ball's handwriting again! I was the recipient of several of his letters; after starting a correspondence with him back in the early 1990's. Bill had come over to the…"
Dec 27, 2013
Peter LaBau left a comment for Andrew Nicholas Western
"Welcome aboard, Andy! "
Oct 19, 2013
Peter LaBau and Andrew Nicholas Western are now friends
Oct 19, 2013

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Comment Wall (7 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

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