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Banjo Buying Tips

  • Deering Banjo Tone Ring Comparisons

    It is a commonly held belief that the tone ring of a banjo is the heart or the basis of the sound of a banjo.  The tone ring certainly has a major affect onwhy a banjo sounds the way it does.  The character or specific type of sound of a banjo is most clearly created and defined by the tone ring.  The wood in the rim and neck affect the color, or warmth or brightness of the sound, but the tone ring really determines the basic voice or character of the banjo.
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  • How Banjos Work

    For a musician, the banjo offers acoustic power, super responsiveness to any kind of touch, brightness that can cut through the sound of an ensemble, warmth and richness to accompany voices and other instruments, and a tone character that is completely unique in the world of musical instruments. But how does all this happen?
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  • Banjo Tone Woods

    “The tone ring is the most important banjo part; the wood doesn’t make any difference!”

    “Tone wood matters in guitars and violins…banjos are mechanical and wood has no effect.”

    Statements like these are saying, “the quality of meat in the spaghetti sauce is the most important part: the quality of the tomatoes makes no difference.”  So… does that mean green, un-ripe tomatoes, or rotten tomatoes don’t affect the sauce?

    I think it’s fair to say they do. The wood used in a banjo has a profound effect on tone and response.

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  • Video Comparison of Goodtime Banjos

    Sometimes it is hard to “see the forest for the trees!” Sometimes it’s hard to find the right banjo on the wall of banjos in the store! Choosing a banjo can be confusing and we are hoping to take some of that confusion away with our articles on the banjo. Last week we talked about “how to buy a banjo.” This week, David Bandrowski is giving you a great video follow up to that article by Barry Hunn. Using the popular bluegrass/3-finger style of playing and our Goodtime banjos, David will demonstrate the openback Goodtime banjo, the resonator Goodtime II,...

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