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fourth string woes
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Hi, the bass string on my openback nylon strung banjo sounds bad, i have tried a few and they all sound dead - all are metal wound, is there an alternative - I thought maybe flurocarbon? Has anyone…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen Mar 25.

How do I find a decent zither banjo?
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Hi, there are plenty of these on ebay, but given the age of them I would rather get one that has been properly restored by a luthier who knows about this instrument - is this possible?RitchieContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Apr 30.

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Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"I should clarify that  1) I have both sent and received banjos and other, more fragile instruments, through various shipping agencies, and only once was there breakage: I received a seriously broken instrument that was seriously wrongly packed…"
Apr 30
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"If the contents of a parcel are properly packed the likelihood of damage is limited. This is physics. Convincing a seller/sender to do a proper packing job is another matter entirely. That is psychology. "
Apr 29
nick stephens replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"I have often been tempted by a sweet banjo for sale but, always shied away when the only method is postage ! I was a postman in a previous life and, I know how parcels are sorted !"
Apr 29
David Wade replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Present company excepted buddy! Very embarrasing situation...."
Apr 28
nick stephens replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Hi David, I guess that proves once and for all that ya cant trust a southerner with a good old zither banjo !"
Apr 28
ritchie thomson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Hi will email, thanks"
Apr 28
David Wade replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Hi Ritchie, sorry for delay in getting back to you....strange times. I'm based in Leeds/Bradford area. But under current conditions we can't even meet up half way! I am a little apprehensive about shipping z-bs - I sent one down South…"
Apr 28
ritchie thomson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"HI, thanks for replying. In Edinburgh, so quite a long way from you I'm guessing?"
Apr 15
David Wade replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Hi, Yes I have a couple of restored z-bs that would have been on my stall at the Clowne Rally - maybe Backwell ...where are you based?"
Apr 15
nick stephens replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"definitely contact David Wade in Yorkshire, he knows ZBs and often has good ones for sale, likewise Keith Wilson is worth talking to also."
Mar 31
ritchie thomson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Hi Thanks, however I am in the UK and I m hoping to pick up a local one.  Thanks"
Mar 30
Eric Crum replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"I buy and restore Windsor Zither banjos.  I have a few for sale now. Where are you located? I am in the US.  I would be happy to pass along some pictures and info for what I have.   All are excelemt players, but some have minor…"
Mar 30
Pär Engstrand replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"I am constantly looking for zither banjos on eBay. The trick is, I guess, is to take your time and most importantly, be lucky! Of course it also helps to know what to look for, in the case of problem areas. For instance, a high action and a low…"
Mar 25
ritchie thomson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Thanks, Carrie,  buying from ebay makes me nervous, you just dont know how many problems there could be. I will follow up the names you mentioned. "
Mar 25
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. "
Mar 25
nick stephens replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"Sorry if I mislead you Jody, it is of course a Whyte Laydie I am talking about, circa 1930ish it has become my favourite banjo these last few months"
Mar 25

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