"Nature Junkie, yes 50 dollars was a lot of money back then! I just found the original Elite tailpiece used on this banjo and won it in an eBay auction! So it will soon be complete as originally made! It is a beautiful little banjo with an amazing…"
"When you first unwrapped that thing, oh my god, I was amazed that it hadn't been long buried in a landfill. I would never have guessed that an instrument in that condition could even be restored. What you did with it is astounding, Willie. You…"
"I was just thinking about this video today when an Arizona friend was telling me about the wildlife in her backyard. I pointed her to it on Vimeo and I just watched it again myself. I really love this, even after all these years. It still feels new."
"Originally it was probably some type of hide but being vegan, ahem, I went with a synthetic renaissance head to replace the old one. Glad there are still some who come here. I know I don’t visit often enough. Have you a plan for retirement??…"
"That's some beautiful motif on the back of the neck. What was the original face made of?
See if anyone still comes here and watches these? Sigh.... Well I am keeping it up for the moment so people can reach out to one another…"
"The 5 string open backs were the norm in the 1800’s, though there were some that were made with resonators (the cover for the back to project sound out). The resonator became more popular in the early 1900’s through the thirties with the…"
"Interesting how different these three banjos sound from each other. I didn't even know there is such a thing as a fretless banjo. I also didn't know why some banjos have an open back. By far I prefer the first one, the 1880s one.…"