Anxiously awaiting

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Anxiously awaiting

Postby Mars » Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:52 pm

I have a wonderful Christmas gift heading my way. It's a Republic Tri-Cone with Reso-relic finish. My wife ordered it around the 1st of December. They told her it probably won't be here in time for Christmas, but I've got my fingers crossed anyway. I'm a banjo player that has always wanted to play the bottleneck blues. I've tried using the slide on my banjo to poor effect. I've been perusing this site for a while.
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby ricochet » Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:41 pm

I've heard slide used to good effect on a banjo, but you've got to play fast. Doesn't have the sustain for slow blues.
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby DeFord Harp Slider » Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:14 pm

Wow! I wish my wife was as thoughtful as your wife is.
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby goldbrick » Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:06 pm

Maybe he's quicker on the Johnson
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby Mars » Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:11 pm

ricochet wrote:I've heard slide used to good effect on a banjo, but you've got to play fast. Doesn't have the sustain for slow blues.


Yeah, I've heard it done well by Bela Fleck. I have my banjo strings very close to the frets and use fairly light strings, it doesn't sound nearly as good as I'd like it too that way. If I play in "G" tuning I'll know the fret board for the most part on my new axe.
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby ricochet » Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:12 pm

That's a big plus!
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby grumpygroo » Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:30 pm

Mars wrote:
ricochet wrote:I've heard slide used to good effect on a banjo, but you've got to play fast. Doesn't have the sustain for slow blues.


Yeah, I've heard it done well by Bela Fleck. I have my banjo strings very close to the frets and use fairly light strings, it doesn't sound nearly as good as I'd like it too that way. If I play in "G" tuning I'll know the fret board for the most part on my new axe.


You'll never get as much sustain from a banjo as a guitar, I string my fretless banjo fairly heavily, 12s, and can get quite a reasonable sound out of it with a slide. It always sounds much better tuned to C or D rather than G or A. Mind you a fretless banjo is made for sliding with your fingernails rather than a slide, but it is the beautiful thing about that instrument.
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby Mars » Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:14 pm

DeFord Harp Slider wrote:Wow! I wish my wife was as thoughtful as your wife is.


I am very lucky to have the wife I have.

grumpygroo wrote:You'll never get as much sustain from a banjo as a guitar... Mind you a fretless banjo is made for sliding with your fingernails rather than a slide, but it is the beautiful thing about that instrument.


I have heard those fretless banjos played well before at the Banjo Lounge. The guy I heard made that banjo sing. He didn't use a Slide, but the slides he did with his fingers were very expressive.
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby Mars » Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:01 pm

Well it arrived in time for Christmas! It is a thing of beauty. I'll try to take a picture this weekend. It was a complete surprise for me, the wife said it wouldn't be in until after the first of the year, I thought the big box under the tree was a Golf net LOL. I was very happy.

Thanks Republic Guitars for working with my wife so well.
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby ricochet » Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:53 am

That's great!

Is a golf net one of those butterfly type nets for golfers?
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby Mars » Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:37 pm

ricochet wrote:Is a golf net one of those butterfly type nets for golfers?



I'm not sure what you're describing, but the golf net I'm talking about is around six feet tall and about as wide, and you hit golf balls into it. This is much better than a golf net : )
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby Rick-e » Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:21 pm

So much for the golf net, what are your first impressions of your new tricone?
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby Bournio » Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:56 pm

Golf a way to ruin a good walk... but with a net what does it ruin cos you don't need to walk?!
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby Bournio » Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:57 pm

Golf a way to ruin a good walk... but with a net what does it ruin cos you don't need to walk?!
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Re: Anxiously awaiting

Postby ricochet » Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:55 pm

I meant this sort of net:

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