The Acoustic Guitar Forum

The Acoustic Guitar Forum (https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/index.php)
-   Other Stringed Instruments (https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=47)
-   -   Cello Banjos (https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=624197)

Paul Roberts 08-24-2021 02:45 PM

Cello Banjos
 
Following the demise of late 19th and early 20th century banjo orchestras and banjo clubs, the cello banjo entered a long period of near-extinction. When cello banjos made their reappearance, in 2008, I fell in love with both 5-string and 4-string models. That began my affiliation with Gold Tone - as a consultant, promoter, and retailer.

The first video is an original tune on the 5-string (CEB-5).
The second is a medley of English country dance tunes on the 4-string (CEB-4) tuned in three tonal ranges.


Rudy4 08-24-2021 03:41 PM

Cellos are an interesting variant, here's one of several made by my friend who had me draw up a CAD plan of a slot head tunneled fifth Cello banjo so he could make them. He did at least a half dozen of them.

I'm playing first, followed by him. This one is the first that he completed and both of us were totally green with playing it.


Paul Roberts 08-24-2021 08:46 PM

I like that you designed it with a slotted head and tunneled fifth.

merlin666 08-24-2021 09:19 PM

This is such a cool instrument. I had the good fortune to attend a music camp two years ago with Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink as instructors. I think it was Marcy who rediscovered the cello banjo and she is a true virtuoso on it too.

Hoyt 08-24-2021 09:26 PM

Following. Almost bought one a few years ago. Great sounding instrument.

pegleghowell 08-25-2021 02:53 AM

They sound fabulous.I`ve been playing banjo for years now and have been sorely tempted to pull the plug on a cello banjo many a time.It sounds great in your hands,excellent playing.

FrankHudson 08-25-2021 09:38 AM

Yes, yes, that sounds good!

Paul Roberts 08-25-2021 09:47 AM

From a music and nature series with flutist and nature photographer Jessica Peterson. I'm playing 5-string cello banjo and overdubbing with a Sobell cittern, strung with five strings, and tuned like a 5-string banjo.


Steve DeRosa 08-25-2021 02:45 PM

To my ears it sounds best in Irish GDAE (and had it been available 30 years ago when I bought my Flatiron octave mando I would have grabbed it) - once you get past cello low C you need something larger (with a longer scale length) to reproduce the fundamentals with any kind of real projection:

https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/a...9&d=1396835061

Paul Roberts 08-25-2021 03:44 PM




Teleplucker 08-26-2021 06:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Roberts (Post 6793959)
From a music and nature series with flutist and nature photographer Jessica Peterson. I'm playing 5-string cello banjo and overdubbing with a Sobell cittern, strung with five strings, and tuned like a 5-string banjo.


Very nice playing!

Paul Roberts 09-02-2021 11:22 AM

Original cello banjo tune from my music and nature series with flutist and cinematographer Jessica Peterson.

Paul Roberts 09-05-2021 04:42 PM

As with a number of my tunes, I've doubled the cello banjo part with a banjo lute: a Sobell 10-string cittern, strung with just five strings and tuned like a 5-string banjo. The Sobell is tuned an octave above the cello banjo. I like the effect of a deep growl, combined with a shimmering chime.

Paul Roberts 11-24-2021 04:31 PM

Here's my latest composition, inspired by traditional Chinese music. Any ethnomusicologists in the crowd?

I'm always inspired by exploring the tone colors of the cello banjo. It has a distinctly different sound and tactility from a normal banjo, providing different strokes for different folks. I became enraptured with both the 5-string and 4-string versions when Gold Tone brought these beasts back to life; and this is what gave rise to my affiliation with the company.

"Wild Geese Flying" is an original composition in pentatonic scale D F G A C D.
Tuning: f C G C D
Style: 3-finger picking

My Gold Tone retail site is http://banjocrazy.com


Paul Roberts 11-26-2021 12:42 PM

It has come to my attention that some retail outlets are undercutting Gold Tone dealer pricing requirements. If you find a better deal, let me know. I'm confident we can strike a deal.

edit: At first glance, the price on Amazon appears cheaper. But after $93.84 in tax, the total comes to $54 more than my price.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:20 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, The Acoustic Guitar Forum

vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=