I have enjoyed this banjo construction project tremendously and had to
relearn a lot of things that time has somehow gotten the finer details out
of focus but it all came together. With decades of personal inactivity
for musical instrument construction and repair with the motor skills
and other things not sharply honed, I am pleased with the outcome of this
instrument. As I stated earlier, I had plans for making my own Porter
Flaming Claw Prewartone banjo in the mid 1970s but eventually the recession
we had in 1977 resulted in selling my mail order business, equipment,
tooling and supplies.
A special Thank You to the following
Craftsmen who provided some technical info and advice when I had a memory
lapse: Jim Yarboro, Harold Chriscoe, Frank Neat, Chris Cioffi,
Clarence Hall, Jimmy Cox, Chuck Erikson, David Nichols and I am sure there were others
which I have forgotten.
A special thank you to
John Bowles for a sound clip of his RB75
DA5055 for web publishing in the
Biography page and neck measurements taken from the same banjo of
which I targeted very close on this banjo neck after comparing a number of
measurements from other pre-war necks which are all over the place.
Below are a few pixs taken on 11-26-10 and it was hard to get excellent
pixs due to the glare from the inlays:
Now the question you are asking yourself; how does it sound? I would say
without the benefit of it fully dialed in yet as far as the ideal set-up, it does
have a lot of potential. I haven't played banjo in about 32 years and only
played enough then to know when one was set-up pretty good which is not an
excuse for not playing! Grin if you must! I plan to
have one of my banjo friends record a sound clip for adding here later but until
then, I had
to do a crash course and learn the basic Scruggs alternating roll again and
got a few notes out of Cripple Creek and my fingers were in every place they
weren't supposed to be so go ahead listen and crack a big smile; as I say
"Grin if you must"!.
Click on the MP3 Icon for a short
sound clip of this banjo. Sound track has some audio clipping too, my
Bill aka Mickey Porter 11-26-10.
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