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Blacksmith Shop Concerts: Aaron Jonah Lewis with Cameron Celestia in Concert!
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Aaron Jonah Lewis with Cameron Celestia in Concert: Joe Morley - The Mozart of the Banjo!My understanding is that this concert will be made available via the following link for two weeks (I believe…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Milwaukee Matzen Feb 21.

Banjo setup and phasing issue?
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I just started playing on a new to me banjo. It’s an 11” Vega Old Tyme Wonder with a frosted head, a 5/8” J. W. Hooks bridge, and La Bella 17 strings.I have two questions that I am hoping some of you…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Milwaukee Matzen Feb 23.

What strings are people using?
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Curious as to what strings people prefer? I have some La Bella 17 Classics on the way. Are there other strings that I should tried?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Milwaukee Matzen Jan 6.

Classic Banjo Podcasts from classicbanjo.com?
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Hi,Does anyone one know if the Classic Banjo Podcasts from the now defunct classicbanjo.com are still hosted anywhere?Thanks!Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by nick stephens Jan 1.

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Milwaukee Matzen replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Nice Classic Banjo for sale on BHO
Feb 26
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Nice Classic Banjo for sale on BHO
"Definitely sounds good to me!"
Feb 26
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Nice Classic Banjo for sale on BHO
"Does anyone  have any clue on what it might cost to ship a banjo like that from the UK to the US?"
Feb 26
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Bell Hop Rag (1914)...Frederick M. Bryan.
"Very cool! I can hear you fairly easily without headphones. I think I am going to pick up that set of CD’s once I get some more spending money. At the moment, one can get all three CD’s for $30 (33% off) via the PRO’s website."
Feb 24
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"A sincere thanks to everyone for all of the input!  I’ve now got my banjo playing and sounding good. I have managed to get an action height just a hair over 3/16”. So. Now it sounds great even when played hard. I’ll also order…"
Feb 23
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"The neck had almost no relief in it. So, I just loosened the truss rod it to get a little relief. Now, I have a clearance of about 1/64” on the 7th fret when a string is fretted on the 1st and 22nd frets. This is what Deering recommends. I…"
Feb 23
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"Your Deering Vega has most likely got somewhat higher frets than a vintage banjo would have so flat spots could develop under the wound string I guess, against this eventuality I would probably buy a spare wound string with every set, making I guess…"
Feb 23
Richard William Ineson replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"One factor involved in the 'how many fourths' to buy in ratio to  unwound strings depends on if you play a lot of banjo tunes with bass string solos in them, Hunter's 'Alhambra March' can be quite heavy on fourths as…"
Feb 23
Joel Hooks replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"I've not kept track.  I change to full set when they develop flat spots at the frets.   I have mostly been playing my Gariepy/ Van Eps flush fret and I have not changed the strings since I got it.  The 4ths don't wear…"
Feb 23
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"Stern adamant advice: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It.  Messing with the truss rod when there is no problem is not a good idea. Same for the coordinator rods. "
Feb 23
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Bell Hop Rag (1914)...Frederick M. Bryan.
"Very cool! I tried finding him in the book but was unsuccessful."
Feb 23
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"Hey Joel, I forgot to ask... On average, how many wound strings do you go through before swapping out the nylon strings? I am going to be placing an order for strings soon. I am trying to figure out how many extra wound strings I should be…"
Feb 23
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Bell Hop Rag (1914)...Frederick M. Bryan.
"Sounds great! I looked up the song to see what Paragon Ragtime Orchestra album it is featured on. It’s on a CD entitled “Black Manhattan, Vol. 2”. It is one of a three in a three volume series. I found this especially…"
Feb 23
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"I get that there in no one size fits all. I was just hoping that I may be able to get to 1/4” merely to experience it.  I am going to adjust the truss rod a little more and see if I can’t get closer to 3/16” though. I am not…"
Feb 23
Joel Hooks replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"Like all things, it depends on the banjo.  1/4" is the high end.  3/16" is low.  Some banjos like high, some low.  I have even slanted the bridge where the bass string is higher than the 1st.  It is all about being…"
Feb 22
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"Well, I just received the the tallest banjo bridge that I’ve ever seen today from Joel. I put it on my banjo. And, with a few tweaks of the coordinator rods, I now have a 12th fret string height just a hair above 4mm. Seems to sound and…"
Feb 22

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