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Eric Stefanelli Tubaphone
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Anybody know where Rob MacKillop's Stefanelli Tubaphone ended up? I love how that banjo sounds in Rob's videos and am curious what its specifications are (pot size, scale length, action/bridge…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand on Wednesday.

11.5" Pot Weaver and Cello Banjo for Sale
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I have an 11.5" Weaver for sale. If anybody here is interested, send me a message. It's ready to go for classic style, and the larger size Weavers are hard to find and a joy to play. I also have a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Crum Feb 28.

Weaver for sale!

I have one last 11'' Weaver for sale for a low price. It's a "player" and not a collector's piece, but it's a really fun banjo. I'll have it with me at the ABF Rally and am also able to ship it if…Continue

Started Sep 30, 2019

Recommend me some new pieces
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I'm looking for beautiful, nostalgic pieces like You and a Canoe and At Sunset (by Grimshaw), Rose Leaves Gavotte and Pompadour (by Morley), etc. Does anybody know of similar pieces that they could…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jocko MacNelly Sep 1, 2019.

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Pär Engstrand replied to John Cohen's discussion Eric Stefanelli Tubaphone
"Would it be possible to find out from where Eric Stefanelli got the vellums for those two banjos? Maybe I'll just write him a message here on the forum..."
Wednesday
John Cohen replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"Yeah, while .028w is not my cup of tea on any banjo, it wouldn't be a problem on a 26" scale neck. "
Wednesday
John Cohen replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"Again, it depends on the scale length."
Wednesday
John Cohen replied to Jack's discussion Hello World,
"Feel free to email me whenever you have questions at johnncohen1992 "at" gmail.com. I'll be happy to try and help."
Wednesday
John Cohen replied to Jack's discussion Hello World,
"Hi Jack, I have a lot of info I can share but am pressed for time at the moment (I'm in graduate school and have exams). I do want to say that the waltzes, marches, Schottisches, and polkas that you referred to as classical music were not -…"
Wednesday
John Cohen replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"I use a .024w (silver on nylon) on all of my banjos, regardless of scale length. It is a period-correct size. It is light enough to provide lots of dynamics but heavy enough not to buzz. A .028w might work OK on shorter scale banjos, but on larger…"
Wednesday
John Cohen replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"I do not like the tension or tone of Savarez carbon strings, and I find that they do not intonate well. Seaguar Premier carbon fishing line is far less expensive and intonates perfectly. It sounds and feels the same as the Savarez carbon, so I…"
Monday
John Cohen replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"No, you have to order them from their site. Pyramid strings also offers singles in the correct gauges. They are based in Germany."
Monday
John Cohen replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"No, you want the fingerboard sitting even with the pot. It sounds like you may have a neck angle issue (modern banjos have back angle to allow for taller bridges). Also, keep in mind that it takes some practice to fret the strings with action as…"
Monday
John Cohen replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"Ian, I think our differing experiences with Ren heads might be due to our different setups. I use lighter bridges than you do and much lighter strings. Every time I've tried a Ren head (regardless of the type of banjo) it made my too bright and…"
Monday
John Cohen replied to Jack's discussion Hello World,
"I also noticed some errors with your dates. For example, your dates and timeframes for the various Bacon banjo company locations are not accurate. "
Sunday
John Cohen replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"Some of us like the tin can sound. Look up videos of Tarrant Bailey Jr. on YouTube to see why. :) Contrary to what you might have read, a Renaissance head will make your banjo even thinner and brighter sounding when using nylon. I find a frosted top…"
Sunday
John Cohen replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"LaBella is the place to get them. They sell "early instrument" singles on their website. For the 4th string I like silver-wound nylon."
Sunday
John Cohen replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"I'll second what Joel wrote and add that heavy strings also reduce clarity. With a refined touch, a wide range of tones can be produced using period gauge strings. Those gauges are: .017" .019" .023" .024w .017" High…"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Eric Stefanelli Tubaphone
"Bill Evans has it. He now lives in New Mexico. The pot is 12 inches, custom made for Eric Stefanelli by Bill Rickard. The pot is thinner than the usual Rickard tubaphone pot, in order to get a shorter sustain which is good for Ragtime. The scale is…"
Sunday
John Cohen replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"No, classic banjo is normally played with no nails at all. "
Sunday

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At 7:54 on October 4, 2016, Jonathan klass said…

Hi John

Thanks for the friend  invitation. I feel at home in this forum because it has a cultured feel and a sense of history amongst its members. A lot of other fiorums feel like a big fight.I look forward to interesting topics on this forum

Jonathan

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