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Old 12-24-2019, 09:36 AM
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Default Epiphone DR-500MCE and Vega Old Tyme Wonder 12"

Thanks, Folks, for putting this thread over 30,000 views; I guess banjos are more popular than many of us thought they were!

Another guitar and banjo in my stable: Epiphone DR-500MCE and Vega Old Tyme Wonder 12"

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Old 12-30-2019, 05:17 PM
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Default Bluegrass Anyone?

I thought I'd post a photo of today's practice instruments:

Huss & Dalton TD-R - Deering Sierra Maple - Martin D-18

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Taylor 717e ES2
Taylor 618e ES2
Taylor 614ce ES2
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Old 01-05-2020, 01:20 PM
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Default Today's Practice Trio Of Instruments

Today's trio of practice instruments is a Larrivee SD-40, a Taylor 614ce, and a Rickard Maple Ridge 12.

The Canadian-made Rickard Maple Ridge 12 features an aged-brass 12-inch Dobson Tone Ring, aged-brass hardware, and EVO frets. Its tone is deep with a pleasing metallic ring and with its 25.5-inch scale length, a joy to play!


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Epiphone DR-500MCE (Shadow eSonic2)
Huss & Dalton TD-R
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Larrivee D-40M Legacy
Martin D-18 (Schatten HFN Artist Plus 2)
Taylor 717e ES2
Taylor 618e ES2
Taylor 614ce ES2
Taylor 356ce ES2
Taylor 322ce ES2
Ovation Elite Plus Contour (OpProStudio)
Yamaha LL-TA TransAcoustic
Ovation VXT Electric (two Duncan '59/Fishman Acoustic Bridge)

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Old 01-05-2020, 05:41 PM
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Blasphemy though it may seem, my favorite open back banjo after my converted Whyte Laydie is an ancient Gibson Oriole conversion (both were tenors). However, this oddball might also interest readers of this thread:



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Old 01-06-2020, 03:28 AM
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Blasphemy though it may seem, my favorite open back banjo after my converted Whyte Laydie is an ancient Gibson Oriole conversion (both were tenors). However, this oddball might also interest readers of this thread:



I Like It! There are quite a few old tenor to 5-string conversions out there, especially in the bluegrass banjo world.
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OK I'll play. Here's my Guild D-20 canoodling with my Helix spoon-jo.


Just wish I could play them both at the same time!

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Old 01-06-2020, 04:34 PM
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OK I'll play. Here's my Guild D-20 canoodling with my Helix spoon-jo.


Just wish I could play them both at the same time!
I'll bet them spoons give y'all a heapin' helpin' of a ringin' good thing, eh?
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Taylor 717e ES2
Taylor 618e ES2
Taylor 614ce ES2
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Old 01-07-2020, 03:16 PM
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I'll bet them spoons give y'all a heapin' helpin' of a ringin' good thing, eh?
They do, they do...

I was pretty skeptical, but I gotta say the sound on the Helix is amazing. Kind of growly like a tubaphone, but still clear and plunky like a senator. I've almost completely stopped playing my Ode longneck in favor of this thing.
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:32 AM
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They do, they do...

I was pretty skeptical, but I gotta say the sound on the Helix is amazing. Kind of growly like a tubaphone, but still clear and plunky like a senator. I've almost completely stopped playing my Ode longneck in favor of this thing.
The Ode Longneck! What I lusted for back in 1964 as a novice banjo player, and it would have been a gigantic step up from my Kay 5-string! Alas, new at a $150 or so with case, it was beyond my means as a 14-year-old.
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Martin D-18 (Schatten HFN Artist Plus 2)
Taylor 717e ES2
Taylor 618e ES2
Taylor 614ce ES2
Taylor 356ce ES2
Taylor 322ce ES2
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Old 01-12-2020, 01:04 PM
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Default Today's Sunday Afternoon Practice Instruments

Well, it ain't the ODE Long Neck of my younger dreams, but from ODE and OME founder, Charles Ogsbury, comes my OME North Star Walnut 5-String Banjo featuring aged-brass hardware including its Vintage Brass Tone Ring. Other playing comforts include its scooped fretboard and walnut armrest. This banjo is effortless to play and will be with me for the duration! Keeping my OME North Star company on this cold and snowy Sunday afternoon is my Taylor 356ce 12-String and my Taylor 618e. Thanks For Looking!

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Epiphone DR-500MCE (Shadow eSonic2)
Huss & Dalton TD-R
Larrivee SD-40M Legacy
Larrivee D-40M Legacy
Martin D-18 (Schatten HFN Artist Plus 2)
Taylor 717e ES2
Taylor 618e ES2
Taylor 614ce ES2
Taylor 356ce ES2
Taylor 322ce ES2
Ovation Elite Plus Contour (OpProStudio)
Yamaha LL-TA TransAcoustic
Ovation VXT Electric (two Duncan '59/Fishman Acoustic Bridge)

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Old 01-19-2020, 04:26 PM
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Default Today's Sunday Afternoon Instrument Enjoyment

Hi Folks,

This Sunday afternoon's playing session includes a 2016 Taylor 322ce, an Eastman EBJ-WL1 Whyte Laydie, which is a recreation of an extant 1903 A.C. Fairbanks Whyte Laydie Number 2, and a Pisgah Appalachian Walnut 12-Inch Tubaphone Custom. Please note the banjo tone rings, a scalloped Whyte Laydie for the Eastman, and a Tubaphone for the Pisgah. The Tubaphone tone ring is the sound of the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s as it was an integral part of the Vega Long Neck banjos as played by Pete Seeger, The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, and many other artists and bands of the era. The Pisgah has a Lakota Leathers Bison Leather Strap for playing comfort. Thanks for looking in!


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Epiphone DR-500MCE (Shadow eSonic2)
Huss & Dalton TD-R
Larrivee SD-40M Legacy
Larrivee D-40M Legacy
Martin D-18 (Schatten HFN Artist Plus 2)
Taylor 717e ES2
Taylor 618e ES2
Taylor 614ce ES2
Taylor 356ce ES2
Taylor 322ce ES2
Ovation Elite Plus Contour (OpProStudio)
Yamaha LL-TA TransAcoustic
Ovation VXT Electric (two Duncan '59/Fishman Acoustic Bridge)

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Old 01-20-2020, 02:59 AM
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Ok, here are mine. Not as huge a collection as yours, but I am pretty much GAS-free.

First, my beloved Martin OM-21 and 1920's Slingerland pot with a Karsten Schnoor neck:



Then my jazz combo, a The Loar LH-700 and a Prucha Pioneer tenor:



Detail of the peghead. This is, of course a Weymann shape and inlay pattern. Unfortunately, this photo doesn't catch all the subtleties in the pearl:




steven

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Old 01-21-2020, 03:37 AM
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Ok, here are mine. Not as huge a collection as yours, but I am pretty much GAS-free.

First, my beloved Martin OM-21 and 1920's Slingerland pot with a Karsten Schnoor neck:



Then my jazz combo, a The Loar LH-700 and a Prucha Pioneer tenor:



Detail of the peghead. This is, of course a Weymann shape and inlay pattern. Unfortunately, this photo doesn't catch all the subtleties in the pearl:




steven
Hi Steven, Nice Instruments! The Martin OM-21, even though I don't own one, has always sounded good to me when playing one in a store and they always seem to have excellent spruce tops. I'm always interested in combination banjos made up of different assemblies such as your Slingerland/Schnoor banjo, and the peghead inlay is gorgeous. Prucha banjos are well thought of but I haven't played one, yet. Enjoy!
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Epiphone DR-500MCE (Shadow eSonic2)
Huss & Dalton TD-R
Larrivee SD-40M Legacy
Larrivee D-40M Legacy
Martin D-18 (Schatten HFN Artist Plus 2)
Taylor 717e ES2
Taylor 618e ES2
Taylor 614ce ES2
Taylor 356ce ES2
Taylor 322ce ES2
Ovation Elite Plus Contour (OpProStudio)
Yamaha LL-TA TransAcoustic
Ovation VXT Electric (two Duncan '59/Fishman Acoustic Bridge)

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Old 02-14-2020, 05:28 PM
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YAY! I've actually had a couple of emails from Ozark Banjos, not regarding my custom build in the queue but about their new lesson platform. This is great as it lets me know that they're still alive and kickin'--Go, Ozark, Go!
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Martin D-18 (Schatten HFN Artist Plus 2)
Taylor 717e ES2
Taylor 618e ES2
Taylor 614ce ES2
Taylor 356ce ES2
Taylor 322ce ES2
Ovation Elite Plus Contour (OpProStudio)
Yamaha LL-TA TransAcoustic
Ovation VXT Electric (two Duncan '59/Fishman Acoustic Bridge)
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