"Yes Pietsch is a well knowed & very good luthier ; sanding the fretboard straight is the good way to make it playable again , and in the same time , keep the instrument as original as possible ; I was just kidding
ON most of the English banjos ,…"
"Well, as I said, the neck is slightly warped, maybe a millimeter here and there, and not in a uniform way, sort of wayvy...Not even sure the neck is warped, might only be the fretboard being out of shape. To me it sounds like the sensible…"
"Definately worth getting it up and running. I have one myself and it's a pretty decent banjo. Mine also has a slightly warped neck. It's still playable, specially with the rather high action I'm using.
I showed my banjo to a…"
Hi all!I've just acquired a Clifford Essex Imperial ( I think). It was fairly cheap so I took a punt on it unseen. Now that its arrived I can tell that it will require some work to get it back to its old self. The fretboard is hanging over from the neck slightly and there's a bow, perhaps because of the metal strings that have been on it. Do you think its worth the trouble getting it back up and running? does anyone have any experience restoring bowed necks on theseCheers…See More
"If ebony isn't available, bone does a good job...but I prefer replacing dark with dark. A bone nut just doesn't look right to me if the original was ebony. Any of the harder woods will work so don't hesitate to use stuff like Ipe or…"
I need to change the nut on my Clifford Essex Professional. It currently has an ebony one but I'm not happy with the string spacing.Would you replace with ebony or bone or perhaps something else?See More
"I can see that, and I would play on gut too if they were A) reasonably priced and B) readily available in the sizes I use.
FVE was not trying to be historically accurate. In fact, he made those late recordings with nylon strings on a banjo he…"
"And yet there is an Early Music contingent that rejects nylon because the sound is not Period Authentic. Aquila and others make gut strings for them. There is even a small group in China and Hong Kong that will not use anything but silk strings on…"
"Nylon was better than gut or silk-- anything was better. Imagine that for the first time you could play an entire concert without replacing your first (that would brake in the middle of a piece). That was nylon. A big game…"
" All I meant was that the recordings of FVE are in tune. If he is using fishing line that means that fishing line is not automatically out of tune. Simple, no?
I was under the impression that Nylgut was developed for lute and viol…"
"I try hard not to make global assertions. We have the technology today to differentiate between fishing line and banjo strings. Such tech was in its infancy in the 50s. Did FVE have intonation problems? I don't know. I don't know anything…"