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Old 06-25-2017, 02:11 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, 02:18 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, 03:27 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, 05:14 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, 06:58 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, 07:50 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, 03:54 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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Old 09-12-2017, 08:58 AM
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I'm still loving my 'Gah as my Deering Sierra, all 11 lbs of it, sits idly by in its case awaiting some attention!
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2017 Pisgah 12" Walnut Tubaphone 5-String Banjo
2016 Deering Sierra Maple Flathead 5-String Banjo
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
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