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Formula 602

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Just put money down on a 5 string..with nickel hardware..so,it is old..calf head on it too…

I need a key to take the “tension rods” off…..to Polish the nickel shell….
.Anyone have one?

were there a few different sizes of keys?…TIA….
 

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I went to buy a drumset in town once..and they had a late 1800s banjo I bought for around $250…got around $1,100 for it on eBay…

I didn’t know they went back that far!
 

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Just put money down on a 5 string..with nickel hardware..so,it is old..calf head on it too…

I need a key to take the “tension rods” off…..to Polish the nickel shell….
.Anyone have one?

were there a few different sizes of keys?…TIA….

I should probably just call me local Banjo Center,I suppose…..
 

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Right next to my accordion and bagpipe collections.....not.
 

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hmmmm...not a 'collector', but a player...i have a 1940s 'only 100 made/patent pending' weirdo tenor called a platofone...very cool metal (nickel) resonator plate behind the head (calf of course :) )...also have an early 60s gibson 6 string and in the process of procurring this incredible gem...not vintage but cooler than cr-p!
 

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Got this old wall hanger... an old Bakelite backed Harmony 5 string... from the '60s.

I think banjos are pretty cool... for planters or wall hangers.



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What's difference between a trampoline and a banjo?


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You have to take off your shoes before jumping on the trampoline.
 

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I drummed in a country band in the late 70's... we had a hot banjo/guitar player so we did a few bluegrass type tunes per set.

The guitar/banjo guy always broke strings (he had about 5 instruments on stage), so he would be putting on new strings all the time on break.

Well, he finally convinced me to restring the banjo when he broke strings on that one. It seriously cut into my break time!

After all these years I still remember the tuning...
G D G B D low to high

He would always have to play the banjo standard song FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN (it is kinda the WIPEOUT of banjo), which he hated and called... "Flog your dolphin breakdown". Yuk Yuk
 

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My daughter's father-in-law toured with Bella Fleck....

They played in Tokyo, the far east, and Europe.

Somebody likes Banjos!
 
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Got this old wall hanger... an old Bakelite backed Harmony 5 string... from the '60s.

I think banjos are pretty cool... for planters or wall hangers.



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I had one of these banjos! I put a clear Remo head on it, and it really sounded loud and resonant. With a pro maple neck, it would have been a killer! The rim (or shell) was made of Bakelite. I am wondering if anyone or company made drum shells out of Bakelite. I know that Gretsch made drums that had Bakelite lugs, and grommets were also made of that material. I would love to own a snare that has one. If anyone could make a 5.5x14 Bakelite shell for me, I would be interested in a new project. I'm thinking that Remo's Acousticon shell might be somewhat close, but still not Bakelite.
 

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O.P., there's a guy who lives in your area named Banjo Jim. (also has a place near Lexington, Mich.) He is a banjo fanatic and a great player. I don't have his contact info, but you might want to track him down if you're getting into this.

Personally, I dig playing drums in band situations that have banjos.

Mydad, somebody might want that Bakelite wonder. Seriously.
 
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