"The songs survive it all don't they? Really a nice sound here. I will send out some positive energy towards you as you get through this time. Glad you are ok. Lovely playing, like the far east vibe to it all."
Thanks Matthew. I never go into it with any expectations since I'm sort of new to banjo and a lot of folks there have been playing a long time. It's just great to socialize and jam with folks that I've listened to and learned from in the last few years.
Hi, Matt. Sorry I didn't reply to your question about my banjo earlier. I haven't been on in a while. Anyway, it sounds good. Not quite as "plunky" as a normal banjo, but it's got a nice twang to it. A later addition that's not in the pictures is a small strip of rubber shelf matting under the bridge. It deadens a little bit of the sustain, and pushes it a bit from guitar to banjo territory. Not a huge difference, and not really necessary, but it's what I did. The toothpick frets are holding up ok, mostly because I never play it. But all of my builds have toothpick frets, and none of them have any wear that's detrimental to playability. The eyebolts are so-so on this particular build, because they don't hold their tuning, but that's due to poor drill bit choice. On most of my other builds, they hold their tuning very well (most, because I used the same drill bit on another one, and have the same problem).
Matt, Thanks for the comment. It was super frustrating, trying to get that track laid down. I was back and forth between using a baritone 4string and a 3 string run through a Boss octave pedal. Add the usual production grungees, that what I thought to be an easy track took me right to the dead line. A great example of "maybe not done, but finished".
Nice review from a performer that I respect means a lot. I'll get to give the whole CD a listen tomorrow. I expect to enjoy yours. Let you have detail critique :-) of yours later.
For starters Matt, thank you for sharing your bandcamp page with me! I gave each track off of your newest release a listen and was particularly taken with Coal Miners, Shady Grove, and Wreck on the Highway. Great stuff! It has me looking forward to going back and listening to your earlier releases.
Thank you also for sharing with me your recording setup. I enjoyed your sound and in turn am now questioning what direction I want to experiment with first: direct recording or mic'ed.
I see that you are in PA. Hopefully I'll see you for the CBG Fest in York in August.
Take care Matthew. I may hit you up with more questions!