Your Tenor Banjos?

I'm curious to know what is the most commonly played Banjo, when it comes to Irish Music, today. If all our members post details, it might give us some idea. So what do you play?

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Clareen: 8
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Ashbury: 1
Margolis: 1
Paragon: 4
Langstile: 1
Princess: 1
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Oakwood: 2
Weymann: 2

Grimshaw: 1
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Heartwood: 1
SS Stewart: 2
Paramount: 10
Concertone: 1
David Boyle: 3
Masterclone: 1
Tanglewood: 1
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Discussion Forum

what banjo do you play

Started by Andy Renshaw. Last reply by Peter Fenzel Apr 21, 2013. 11 Replies

Hi any chance of an ption 'other' in the 'what banjo do you play' ?? :o) Thanks

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Comment by Bernard Morgan on August 25, 2014 at 6:25pm

Hello lads ,Im delighted to join the group ,,, I play a Framus Nashville which I have for 30 years now and I love it but is very quiet in a session so I am looking to buy a new banjo but not sure wat to go for !! some people say that the Emerald is a terrific banjo and also the Clareen but others says that Dave Boyle banjos are hard to beat so Im baffled as to which one to go for .. If anyone has any advice I would be grateful.

Comment by Peter Fenzel on June 4, 2014 at 3:37pm

Richard, those are two beautiful TBs.  The Ambassador is ornate and a handsome axe. The Silver Bell is more similar to my Vega Style M: a concursus of function and art. I prefer the more mellow quality of thicker gauge strings with the "lived in" tone, as you called it.

Comment by Richard Beard on June 4, 2014 at 1:15pm

I have two tenor banjo currently. The first is a #2 Bacon and Day Silver Bell, one of the early models with a 17 fret, 21 1/2" scale length. Great tone.  Flange is just round holes, not f holes like the later models, and it has the perforated tone ring. An excellent player. The only change is I replaced the original friction tuners with later Grover pancake style tuners.  I call it a "buzz bomb" in the session I play.  Very sharp tone.

My other new acquisition is a Ludwig Ambassador. It's the later, top tension model, with a very lived in and antique tone. The tone ring is a hollow donut style  made of brass, with "ports" on the side of the pot just above the resonator that augment the sound.  This is a fabulous banjo, ideal for Irish music. Extremely fast neck. I'm surprised more players haven't caught the Ludwig vibe.  Any other Ludwig owners out there?  


Comment by Steven D. Gaub on December 28, 2013 at 2:27am

I Play a Gold tone and a Vega

Comment by Peter Fenzel on December 27, 2013 at 4:59pm

This comment is directed to Noel's inquiry about phosphor bronze strings and "humming." First, Quentin's comment is spot on. Second, I am not at all an expert. Recently I've experimented with different string gauges and windings on my Vega Style M. I discovered that my G was fuzzy (perhaps your humming) with more slender gauge strings. I upped the gauge from a .30 to a nickel wound .36 and the fuzziness disappeared without any adjustment to the neck. Whether it was tauter tuning of the thicker string, or increased fret clearance, or both I do not know. It simply did the trick.

As for phosphor bronze strings, I think they are more commonly used on acoustic guitars because they give off a more mellow tone than the steel and nickel strings commonly used on electric guitars. There is no reason you can't use them on your Gold Tone TS250AT if you like the sound.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Comment by DaMichMoose on December 26, 2013 at 9:36pm

I have a C, all original except tuners and skin. Have orig lights for inside for damp weather. Orig case, slightly beat up. I love it!

Comment by Banjo Boy on November 25, 2013 at 3:06pm

I play a Lange Banner Blue

Comment by Dave Lewis on November 13, 2013 at 12:32pm

Just ordered a Grafton Clipper, in fact Fedex has literally just pulled up on my drive as I write this.  Yippee!!

Comment by Noel Smith on November 9, 2013 at 6:38pm

Thank you very much for that Quentin I will give it a go.

Comment by Quentin Page on November 9, 2013 at 5:26pm
Hi Noël Do you mean a buzzing,as I am not sure what humming is,if your new strings are not the same gauge as the old ones they will not sit in the nut properly ,if they are lighter gauge especially,so will be closer to the frets , and cause a buzz,so you adjust the neck action with the truss rods,hope this helps you. Regards Quentin

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what banjo do you play

Started by Andy Renshaw. Last reply by Peter Fenzel Apr 21, 2013. 11 Replies

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