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A warm welcome to all players of Irish Music on the Tenor Banjo.

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This website was established in February 2010 & is dedicated to promoting the playing of Irish Music on primarily the Tenor Banjo, but also on the Tenor Guitar & the Mandolin.
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Peter Fenzel and Tommy Power are now friends
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John M Follin replied to John M Follin's discussion Vegaphone Professional not sounding right...
"Thanks for your reply! I have swapped the head for a"cloudy" Remo and replaced the bridge. And "tightened" the dowel stick's connection to the pot. It's a lot better now, although it still doesn't sound exactly…"
Peter Fenzel replied to Pete Farley's discussion Couple of setup questions
"Pete, is the skin taut enough to keep the bridge from migrating? If the skin is tight;  the neck is at a good angle; the bridge is at a proper clearance and well positioned; and the banjo is well strung, the bridge should not migrate. Seek the…"
Peter Fenzel replied to John M Follin's discussion Vegaphone Professional not sounding right...
"Hello, John! Thank you so much for your inquiry. If nothing more, I love reading Quentin's remarks because he is so generous with his knowledge. I benefit from Quentin's experience and wisdom. If you have checked that the tone ring is well…"
Alan Hopkins posted a discussion

De -Tuner on Tenor Banjo

I'm wondering if I'm the first to do this?   I've long liked the sound of tuning my 4th string up from G to A. I like the drone and ringing sound the banjo makes in this tuning. I know that Enda tunes this way and am aware that there are disadvantages, namely the lack of a low open string G note. However I've found that it's surprising how little you need that low G and it's easy to retrain the fingers when fretting tunes that only go down to the low A. In any case it's an easy matter to retune…See More
Van Hunter posted a discussion

Same tune?

Is Mulvihill's Reel and Roaring Mary the same tune? See More
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"Thanks JH!"
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Tommy Gig

"Ni looking Paragon Tommy! Thanks for connecting... J."
Jul 16
Quentin Page replied to John M Follin's discussion Vegaphone Professional not sounding right...
"Hello John Well in that case perhaps the tone ring is assembled incorrectly or even has one of the parts missing,or upside down,it could pay you to dismantle and inspect it,having first looked at a diagram of how it should be.i have two tuberphone…"
Jul 15
John M Follin replied to John M Follin's discussion Vegaphone Professional not sounding right...
"Thanks for your replies! I am familiar with all the above factors when it comes to the tone of the banjo. My other banjos work and sound good. Sound-wise they all have more high mids and less low bass. And they all have less sustain, and (most of…"
Jul 15
Quentin Page replied to John M Follin's discussion Vegaphone Professional not sounding right...
"On another note so to speak to try and answer your questions hollow ringing,Vegas tone ring is very powerfull,and with the resonator will give you that,contributors to sound would be the bridge height and thin ness or thickness,head material and…"
Jul 15
Quentin Page replied to John M Follin's discussion Vegaphone Professional not sounding right...
"Hello John I understand your disappointment,the vega phone professional was designed for jazz music to play with trumpets trombones,saxophones drums etc. and needed to be very loud,and they did that job very well,I had such a banjo about twenty…"
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Bruce Barton commented on robertmacneil's group Canadian Club
"Hi Rob -- Concert in Westboro went well, even though we had to compete with Westfest! Not a big crowd, but very responsive. Only did a couple of Irish and Quebecois tunes with the banjo -- most was singing stuff with guitar and mandolin. 'Not…"
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robertmacneil commented on robertmacneil's group Canadian Club
"Beautifully Restored Paramount Leader - For Sale If anyone is interested in purchasing this banjo, restored by my good friend Vin Mondello, then please feel free to contact me at robomacneil@gmail.com. Click HERE to see my Paramount Leader…"
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