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Great! Let us know what you think once you get some time in on it.
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New 12" Vega Old Tyme Wonder just arrived-- Nice! I have to go to work so more to come on it later on.
I've gone back and forth with 11" and 12" open backs and just sold two 11-1/2" open backs that I made. I guess it's just my age setting in, but I really like the smaller 11" as a "ultimate" in size. I gotta say that the 11-1/2" open backs are a really great compromise for those who have difficulty with the choice.
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I've gone back and forth with 11" and 12" open backs and just sold two 11-1/2" open backs that I made. I guess it's just my age setting in, but I really like the smaller 11" as a "ultimate" in size. I gotta say that the 11-1/2" open backs are a really great compromise for those who have difficulty with the choice.
I guess it really depends on what tone you are looking for. Some love plunky, some love plinky, and some love something in between. I have a Mastertone banjo and two open backs with 11" pots, and now the new Hoyt with a 12" pot. They both have pluses and minuses. I had a Deering Americana 12" that I sold. It just didn't sound any different from a standard Goodtime.
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Been through several banjos.I now have a 1907 Clifford Essex Special xx with a white laydie tone ring.11 inch pot.Glorious banjo...my search is over.
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Been through several banjos.I now have a 1907 Clifford Essex Special xx with a white laydie tone ring.11 inch pot.Glorious banjo...my search is over.
I've heard them described as a "Whyte Laydie on Steroids"
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:41 PM
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Default 11" Vega Old Tyme Wonder vs. 12" Vega Old Tyme Wonder

I sent back the 11" Vega Old Tyme Wonder because of a couple of cosmetic flaws and a desire to hear the 12" Vega Old Tyme Wonder. I received the 12" Vega Old Tyme Wonder a couple of days ago, and in this neophyte clawgrasser's hands I'd say that, overall, I prefer the 12" version to the 11" version. The 11" version had a more trebly tone but still had plenty of banjo-shaking bass and it felt like a baton that could be twirled around like a drum majorette would do. The 12" version sounds more fat and mellow but still with decent treble and clarity. The nice thing about the 12" version, because of its rim's slightly heavier weight and larger diameter, is that when sitting in the lap, it's more resistant to downward neck rotation than the 11" version while playing. Also, being only a few ounces heavier than the 11" version, the 12" version is still light on the body! Frankly, I could be just as happy with either the 11" Vega Old Tyme Wonder or the 12" Vega Old Tyme Wonder. Photos of this and all new banjos in the family coming soon.
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Still liking it?
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Still liking it?
I'm loving The 12" Vega Old Tyme Wonder as it's light and fun to play and I think it looks nice too. How about your new Hoyt Whyte Laydie?
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