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FOR SALE!: Lot of Classic Banjo Instruction & Banjo Music Books
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Lot of Classic Banjo Instruction & Banjo Music Books from Clifford Essex and two Joe Morley stickers!:I badly injured my left arm a little while back. I recently found out that I will not be able…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Milwaukee Matzen Jun 2.

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.

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Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion FOR SALE!: Lot of Classic Banjo Instruction & Banjo Music Books
"It sucks, but I’ll get back to playing at some point. It is just going to take longer than I originally thought."
Jun 2
Joel Hooks replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion FOR SALE!: Lot of Classic Banjo Instruction & Banjo Music Books
"Sad face emoji."
Jun 2
Milwaukee Matzen replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Cubital tunnel syndrome
"I don’t have any great advice. But, I do have nerve damage in my hands and I have found that heat and warm water both help with the pain.  I really hope your situation improves.  I have recently found out what it is like not to be…"
Jun 1
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FOR SALE!: Lot of Classic Banjo Instruction & Banjo Music Books

Lot of Classic Banjo Instruction & Banjo Music Books from Clifford Essex and two Joe Morley stickers!:I badly injured my left arm a little while back. I recently found out that I will not be able to play banjo for a long time. Because of this, I have decide to sell some of my new banjo books in order to pay some medical bills. Books are brand new and unused. They were purchased new and have been stored in a box in a smoke free environment. With shipping these books would normally cost you…See More
Jun 1
carrie horgan left a comment for Milwaukee Matzen
"Thanks Milwaukee! Happy banjo playing, Carrie"
May 20
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May 20
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

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At 6:37 on May 20, 2021, carrie horgan said…

Thanks Milwaukee! Happy banjo playing, Carrie

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