I am very impressed by the Bell banjos that I have seen. Terry really understands what he is doing, and makes a great product.
I absolutely love my Bell minstrel banjo. :) Some folks find it takes longer to get than they anticipate... or not. Just something to consider if you are in a rush.
Thanks for the input. Terry seems like a top notch kind of guy.
What tuning do you use for your banjo?
Mostly "Briggs" tuning- low bass for playing in G. Some tunes I retune to 'high bass' to play those in D... it simply means raising my bass string a step, and re-locating the tune's tonic to D rather than G.
Do you have Tim Twiss's beginner minstrel book and cd ?- they are very helpful. And here is Tim's 'how to tune' video:
Thanks, I saw he has one on eBay which I will try.
I'm on my 5th or 6th Terry Bell banjo--can't remember which, and am waiting for the next one--a special model, this time all by Terry. I've done mostly build/finish myself and had one really great tack head and have a super gourd banjo built by Terry. Sound, quality of build, quality of materials, ease of doing it yourself if you are so inclined and overall satisfaction --way above average to be sure!
Wow that was fast. Congrats and enjoy! :)