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Old 06-25-2017, 03:11 PM
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Default Pisgah 12" Walnut Tubaphone 5-String Open-Back Banjo

Hi Folks, a while back I solicited information on AGF about various brands of 5-string open-back banjos as I was thinking of getting one. After sifting through the suggestions, I settled on commissioning a banjo from Patrick Heavner at Pisgah Banjo Company in Asheville, North Carolina. I received my banjo a couple of weeks ago and love its tone, feel and build quality. I opted for my banjo to be crafted with a 12-inch Walnut Rim with a Tubaphone Tone Ring, a Walnut Neck with a Persimmon Scooped Fingerboard, a HawkTail Tailpiece and Traditional Wire Armrest. The company photos show my banjo prior to shipping at which time I requested Patrick add a railroad spike at the 10th fret, so 7th, 9th and 10th frets are spiked. I highly recommend Pisgah Banjos as an easy to deal with, high-quality banjo company with reasonable pricing.

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Old 06-25-2017, 03:18 PM
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Really nice! I live just a couple miles from Patrick's shop. He does great work at a very affordable price! Enjoy...
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Old 06-25-2017, 04:27 PM
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Wise choice.

For those unfamiliar, here's a recent podcast of Patrick being interviewed that features a few tunes interspersed with talk about Pisgah Banjos.

http://www.camerondewhitt.com/getupinthecool/
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Old 06-25-2017, 06:14 PM
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I'm not a banjo player but do have gas for a nice open back. That's a pretty sweet looking instrument, the walnut looks awesome.
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Old 06-25-2017, 07:58 PM
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I have Pisgah Appalachian. Not much of a banjo player, but it beats anything near the price. Made in America with some cool woods and has a really nice sound, finger or flat picked. I'm definitely not a Scruggs style player.

Your looks very nice.
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:50 AM
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Folks, thanks for your nice comments! It took about 5 weeks from order placement to reception of my banjo. I contacted Patrick Heavner a few times during construction with some changes I wanted done to my initial order configuration and he was always accommodating and friendly. A great guy and a great company to deal with!
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Nice looking banjo! Now post up some sound files of you playing it!
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Nice looking banjo! Now post up some sound files of you playing it!
I'll let you hear my banjo ring
When I learn to play the thing
Now repeat the chorus here we go-o-o-o

We're comin' from the mountains
Crossin' o'er the plains
It's off to California
Then back again to Maine
Singing a song that you all know
So let your voices go
We'll sing it out my brothers
Wherever we may go-o-o-o-o-o-o

I'll see what I can do but it may be painful!
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That banjo is fantastic and I am happy to see you went with Pisgah. They seem like good guys and I love their use of local woods. Absolutely beautiful.
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Old 07-08-2017, 04:54 AM
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Another Pisgah owner here and loving it. I recently had the opportunity to play a couple of other banjos and have to say that my 12" pot Pisgah Woodchuck is still my choice without hesitation. Enjoy yours!
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Thanks, Folks, for the nice comments on the Pisgah! The more I play it, and the better I'm trying to get, the better I dig it!
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2016 Taylor 322ce ES2
2016 Martin D-18
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:58 AM
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I'm still loving my Pisgah 12" Walnut Tubaphone as my Deering Sierra, all 11 lbs of it, sits idly by in its case awaiting some attention!
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2017 Huss & Dalton TD-R
2017 Rickard 12" Maple Ridge Dobson
2017 Bart Reiter Regent Whyte Laydie
2017 Pisgah 12" Walnut Tubaphone
2014 Deering Sierra Maple Flathead
2016 Taylor 614ce ES2
2016 Taylor 322ce ES2
2016 Martin D-18
2016 Martin D Jr B-Band A1.2N-1470
2016 Taylor GS Mini-e Koa ES2
2015 Taylor 618e ES2
2015 Taylor 356ce 12-String ES2
2014 Martin HD-28 Trance Amulet M-VT

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