The Pre War Gibson Banjo Seminar with Jim Mills

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Many may know that I do all of the maintenance, repair and the restoration to Jim Mill’s personal vintage banjo and guitar collection.  Some of the instruments he buys and sells get my loving touch before they are passed on to their new owners as well.  Handling a musical instrument worth in excess of $100,000.00 can […]

Buying Your First Banjo (or helping someone else buy their’s)

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Your First Instrument      Boy, that’s a subject that every one of us had to struggle with.  I was fortunate that my first instrument, a Savoy (very inexpensive 5-string banjo made in Japan) was playable.  It sounded like hammered dog sh**, but I was able to play it and learn to play it well […]

Pulling Tone Vs. Spending more on a Banjo for Tone

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There are lots of different banjos out there and all of their manufacturers throughout the years have slightly different ideas as to what makes a good banjo.  Two truths stand out as far as I am concerned. 1, all bluegrass resonator banjos are basically a copy of a Gibson banjo and 2, through an audio […]

Never Stop Growing … have you listened to yourself lately?

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Never Stop Growing … have you listened to yourself lately? I love playing music, and I don’t consider myself a great player, but I am always reaching for more.  I am always looking within in order to improve myself as a musician.  I spent a lot of time in my youth collecting licks and tunes.  […]

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