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Nylon strings and nails
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Thank you for my admission in your forum. I hope you will excuse my english...I own a 5 strings banjo since some weeks and very interested in classical banjo but I have a big problem : Classical…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Francis Mar 19.

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Francis replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"next Friday I will meet Claude Burnevitch. I will ask her for her opinion on this banjo and maybe she will agree to lend me hers for 3 minutes to compare..."
Mar 19
Trapdoor2 replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"LOL, even when I am playing daily/weekly, I have always been very 'easy' on strings. I don't do it intentionally...I think I am so insensitive to losses in tone that I just play on and on. I replaced a third once because I accidently…"
Mar 19
Chris Cioffi replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"I understand, Francis, and it's of not much consequence at this point as your first banjo, but I thought to mention it just in case. When buying old banjos long distance, you never really know what work needs to be done anyway. Let us know…"
Mar 19
Francis replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"In fact, the banjo has already been bought (it was a present from my wife, as she wasn't sure - and neither was I - that I would persist, she didn't put a high price on it). Nevertheless, in the absence of a point of comparison, I find it…"
Mar 19
marc dalmasso replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Waouh Jody , may i have a copy of this recording ? …… Lol"
Mar 19
Jody Stecher replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"It is by the same or similar method, Marc, that I know what musicians steal my musical arrangements. They copy errors I made in the recording studio. One British music journalist I know did a more extreme version is his record reviews.  He was…"
Mar 18
marc dalmasso replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"yes , i know the word pip ;  in French , it 's   " sillet de 5 ème corde ." In fact ,  the names given  by translation in French is very important for us , French banjo players  ; as i used …"
Mar 18
Jody Stecher replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Inlays made from crustaceans is an amusing idea. Crabs, crawdads and barnacles between the frets!   The shell of mollusks (snail, abalone) has been the usual thing.  Except for Winnie Winston's Boom-a-Phone banjo, that is. It had…"
Mar 18
Chris Cioffi replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Thank you for the proper French words....I will make notes of this for myself. I love  "incrustations". Marc-Is there a name/nickname for the fifth string nut itself that has been nicknamed "pip" to differentiate it…"
Mar 18
marc dalmasso replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Head : têteinlays : incrustationstuning pegs : mécaniquesneck : manchefingerboard : touchepot , rim : fûttension hoop , bezel : cerclure de tensionhooks , brackets : tirantshead : peauvellum : peau animaletone ring : tone ringnut…"
Mar 18
marc dalmasso replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Don ' t agree with Gilles for " collerette " , we said " flange "  "cercle tendeur " ….. ?  never heard  we say " cerclure de tension " "repose bras " is…"
Mar 18
Jody Stecher replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Francis, thanks for this. All the names make sense to me. They mostly are descriptive.  But what does "Stelling" mean?  Sorry that was a silly joke."
Mar 18
Joel Hooks replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Gosh Marc S., I am lucky to get three months out of a 4th on a a banjo a regularly play.  I just changed the 4th on my GFVE last weekend as it started to fray-- that is a record for me... 7 months on a daily player! "
Mar 18
marc dalmasso replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"yes good idea  , Rich , i 'm gonna do that , and also for the woods"
Mar 17
Trapdoor2 replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"I have preferred Aquila's "nylgut" for many years. I tend to like a thicker string that has a harder feel to it. I've tried the LaBella lightweight strings but they just don't feel right to me. I'm pretty insensitive to…"
Mar 17
Chris Cioffi replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"My apologies, Marc, I hope you can see my intention to try to be considerate. Obviously, your English is very good.  I've always tried to be a "when in Rome" kind of guy. I didn't mean to de-rail Francis' topic for…"
Mar 17

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