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Lynn What Banjo Do You Play? (186* d) RE: What Banjo Do You Play? 09 Apr 02

David - GREAT STORY!!! And God bless you both for keeping it all together and IN PERSPECTIVE!!!

When doing my recording in 95 I purchased a Kalamazoo tenor banjo with a natural skin head. Played it like a tenor for the recording. Then that fall I fell (jumped, actually) and broke my ankle, laying me up for a month or more. I retuned the banjo to CGCG and developed an absurd flailing technique which seemed to work for some old time tunes. Still play it that way.

I learned later the war-time Gibsons were given the Kalamazoo name because they couldn't get the quality of materials they wanted. More puzzling is the bridge, which has "SS Stewart" stamped on it. Thought it was a ship (!!!) until I discovered the old banjo manufacturer by that name.

It's loud. In a good auditorium I have to back off from the mike to keep from overpowereing the audience.

Gotta go.


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