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Old 05-20-2020, 04:31 PM
SpruceTop SpruceTop is offline
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Originally Posted by bluemoon View Post
So out of all the open backs which ones your favorite?
Thanks for asking!

It's difficult to pick a favorite as all the banjos are fun and sound great but if I base my choice on the banjos that feel just right when I pick one of them up to play:

I love the comfort and tone of the OME North Star;

The Eastman EBJ-WL1 Whyte Laydie is a joy to play because it feels so compact and comfortable;

The Pisgah 12" Walnut Tubaphone Custom is also easy to play and has a nice full and bassy tone.

All the other banjos still need a bit of tweaking to get them feeling more comfortable to play. The Deering Sierra Flathead is a wonderful banjo but it feels so heavy and I'm really more into clawhammer than bluegrass so it hardly ever gets played.

Current Banjos:
Vega No. 2 Tubaphone
OME North Star Walnut
Eastman EBJ-WL1 Whyte Laydie
Vega 12" Old Tyme Wonder
Rickard 12" Maple Ridge Dobson
Pisgah 12" Walnut Tubaphone
Bart Reiter Regent Whyte Laydie
Deering Sierra Flathead
Huss & Dalton TD-R
Martin D-18 (Schatten HFN Artist Plus 2)
Taylor 717e ES2
Taylor 618e ES2
Taylor 614ce ES2
Taylor 356ce ES2
Taylor 322ce ES2
Larrivee C-03R TE Tommy Emmanuel
Larrivee D-40M Legacy
Emerald X20 (Element VTC)
Ovation Elite Plus Contour (OpProStudio)
Epiphone DR-500MCE (Shadow eSonic2)
Yamaha LL-TA TransAcoustic
Republic Duolian
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