"Hello Nick. Happy to join in and give feedback.
I think the Weavers have a 'dry' sound with a strong bass - more plunky. The whyte ladie banjo will have a brighter-tone. A tubaphone would have even more resonance…"
prompted by watching videos posted here I am unsure now of how my banjo should sound ! I recently acquired a sweet old Whyte Laydie which I am very pleased with and, I set it up to give some richness of sound I felt was lacking in my old Weaver,…See More
"Yes Pietsch is a well knowed & very good luthier ; sanding the fretboard straight is the good way to make it playable again , and in the same time , keep the instrument as original as possible ; I was just kidding
ON most of the English banjos ,…"
"Well, as I said, the neck is slightly warped, maybe a millimeter here and there, and not in a uniform way, sort of wayvy...Not even sure the neck is warped, might only be the fretboard being out of shape. To me it sounds like the sensible…"
"Your reading of the situation seems very likely to me. I know a number of able musicians who began playing when young to please others and who later put it aside.
Thank your for the subtle invitation to attend a rally. I have not specifically…"
"Jody, you will need to explain that acronym to me, yes indeed the band sharing a common tuner was what I had in mind, to my ears things have improved tunewise within local bands, I no longer have to leave the room when they play ! I guess my modest…"
"Nick, your perceptive ability is what is known as "relative pitch". You are able to effortlessly discern when music is in or out of tune with itself. "Perfect Pitch", as Marc has hinted, is indeed an affliction.…"
"I think the truth was that she was compelled or felt obligated to play banjo for her brother whom she adored.
Perhaps after she married she felt free from that obligation.
Though she was a amazing banjoist, it is possible that she did…"
"well, I dont know how perfect pitch is determined but I am often able to say what key a piece of music is in upon hearing it for the first time without reference to any instrument and, when I hear an instrument, any instrument played out of tune…"
"We had a friend of the family who suffered from perfect pitch. She hated my banjo (naturally) but also most music. She was a concert grade pianist. Oddly, she had a stroke, late in life, and she told me that it made her pitch sensitivity go away."
"I know about her career as an expert and historian. There must be more to the husband story. If he was going deaf he would notice the sound of the banjo being played less and less. Maybe the developing deafness was accompanied by tinitus, which can…"
She was devoted to her brother Cliff (who basically raised her) and banjo playing was his thing. She stopped playing after she got married. Her husband was going deaf and they avoided any noise in their house-- that includes…"
"By all accounts she was a fantastic person. Do you know why she stopped playing? I can easily understand retiring from performing and recording. No more pressure. But stopping playing banjo means no more pleasure (of a particular…"
"Nope-- see what people miss by not going to ABF rallies!
I found ads from Vega where she claims to have used a WL to record with.
We also got to read letters from both Bill Nelson at Vega (who was not very nice and kinda demanding) and William Lange…"
"well, that is good then ! I kinda thought that I was somewhat odd in my choice since most players wax lyrical about those old Weavers, a very pleasant little player but, to me it feels somewhat cumbersome almost like an agricultural implement with…"