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Old 08-24-2021, 02:45 PM
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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.

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Old 08-24-2021, 03:41 PM
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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.

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I like that you designed it with a slotted head and tunneled fifth.
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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.
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Following. Almost bought one a few years ago. Great sounding instrument.
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Old 08-25-2021, 02:53 AM
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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.
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Yes, yes, that sounds good!
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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.

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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:

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