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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.

Books on history of classic banjo? And, CD’s of classic banjo music?
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Hi everyone,Any recommendations on books that include a history of classic banjo?I am also looking for suggestions on classic banjo CD’s that are available. I just purchased Aaron Jonah Lewis CD. I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Milwaukee Matzen Dec 28, 2020.

What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
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Hi everyone,I have recently been bitten by the classic banjo bug.I currently have a Deering Artisan Americana banjo with a 12” pot.I ordered some LaBella strings, a bridge from Joel Hooks, and the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jackie Cook Jan 16.

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Jackie Cook replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"I have an old Ome Grubstake open back banjo that I setup for classic style, a few years ago. I put some of the nylgut strings on it, but had a problem with the action being way too high. So, I contacted Tanya at Ome banjos and sent it to them to set…"
Jan 16
Randy Dary replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"Congratulations for taking up the challenge of reading music!  Persevere!  It is a language worth learning. As a retired band teacher in Oregon, I once had a student who told me she had dyslexia (and had suffered early on form people who…"
Jan 14
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"I emailed Doug, but never heard back. I forgot about the William  all CD’s! I am am still looking for those as well."
Jan 11
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"well you certainly have a lot of resources MM, time to get playing !"
Jan 11
Trapdoor2 replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"Doug Back (The Banjo Goes Highbrow) used to peek in here occasionally. Nice guy, concert quality classical guitarist turned banjoist. AFAIK, he is still teaching down in Montgomery, AL I haven't heard from him in a long time. I hope you found…"
Jan 11
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"I’ve already got everything I was looking for except an album called “The Banjo Goes Highbrow” and a CD of Tarrant Bailey Jr. tunes. I contacted many artists directly to see if they had any CD’s laying around. And, I also…"
Jan 11
Joel Hooks replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"I have not seen any 5 string FVE banjos (presuming you are talking about "recording banjos") publicly listed for $1k, though $1 to $2K is about right depending on condition and style.   The problem with FVE banjos is that they…"
Jan 11
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"MM I would hold on to your cash if I were you, if you wish to just listen as you would with a CD there is a load of stuff online for free, Youtube is always good and, totally free."
Jan 11
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"I definitely realize that. I have been trying to track down some classic banjo CD’s. I have found a couple that I was looking for listed for sale for just under $1000!  Most of the FVE banjos that I’ve seen posted for sale were…"
Jan 11
Joel Hooks replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"No.  People can ask whatever they want for something, it does not always mean they will get it."
Jan 11
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"I remember seeing a FVE being listed For somewhere around $25,000. Would that have been one of the Gariepy banjos?"
Jan 11
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"The lights! Oh my goodness. When I was about 15 years old my dad and I found a gold plated Ludwig tenor banjo at a yard sale in Beloit, Wisconsin. The price was so low we didn't haggle or make a counter-offer. It had about 8 electric lights…"
Jan 10
Joel Hooks replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"There were 24 “flush frets” made by FVE.  Included in that number are two necks that he made to fit on Bill Bowen’s Stewart banjos. I know of two Van Eps model flush fret banjos that were made by Gariepy (you can search BHO…"
Jan 10
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"Does anyone know how many Van EPS banjos are out there? I seem to remember seeing them pop up for sale every now again years ago. Not so much these days."
Jan 10
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"I well remember that discussion with Van Eps grand daughter where she posted on the HO and the oohs and ahs of all who saw it, any body have an update of where that banjo was sent for cleaning/setting up and what is happening with it today ? I am…"
Jan 10
Joel Hooks replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"I can't speak for FVE, but I like mine that way.  Jody is 100% correct.  The "Sound Post" (that is what he called it) takes some overtones away and makes the banjo clearer. Plastic heads have made the lights obsolete."
Jan 10

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