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This was one of Grimshaw's most popular pieces. Like so much of what he wrote, it appears to have been conceived as a banjo and piano duet, so I have include...
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Hi Tony, your video post did not upload correctly so I have posted it for you.
Very good too! :)
that's a great tune, it's "very Grimshaw" if that means anything, and it reminds me of another of his compositions, "Beat as you go". Thanks for posting.
A very catchy tune , and very well played indeed .
The more I listen to that banjo the more I like the tone. I assume that is a 11" CE Concert Grand, but what vellum and strings/bridge are you using to get such a terrific rasping bass?
I have a CE Special XX but I can't get the bass to sound like that.
+1 to Ian's question, you get the authentic "William J. Ball" tone on the bass notes! I demand details so I can copycat your setup ;-)
Hmmm.. an Elite Fibreskin head, eh? I tried a Remo Fibreskin on my Special XX (concert grand) and found that the banjo was much more difficult to play! The thickness and rigidity of the head seemed to make the strings much harder work to pick, and I am renowned for having cast iron fingers.
I wonder if the Elite Fibreskin is any different? I use heavy strings and have always tried to pick the 4th downwards. I moved from the standard/ frosted plastic Remo heads to the Renaissance version for the same reason, to get away from the strident sound to something more mellow.
Perhaps I will give an Elite fibreskin a try.. thank you for the suggestions. I can feel a new section for the website coming on...
If a head is tightened to the point that there is no dip or less dip under the feet of the bridge, this will cause the strings to rise higher than when there was a slight dip and the action will feel —and be — higher and this will affect the ease of playing for both left and right hand. But this will be true for any type of head, natural or synthetic.
I believe that the Fiberskyn heads are all made by Remo. "Elite" is a trade-name (Stewart-MacDonald) but they are simply Remo heads. Same goes for the "Renaissance" vs "Elite Amber", they're made by Remo. It is possible that Stewmac has a slightly different spec for their versions but I think there is enough manufacturing variation in the process that one might find them difficult to compare or draw any concrete conclusions. I have used all four and I cannot tell any differences like:like.
I have a Fiberskyn on my Flesher and I like it a lot. Frankly, if my banjos don't already have calfskin, they wear Fiberskyn (ok, my Stelling wears a white plastic "weather king"). I haven't found any banjo on which I have liked the Ren/Amber heads. I simply find them to be too shrill.
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