Will, is that the banjo shown in your avatar? If so... what a beauty! You should post a photo of it for us. :)
That is a really nice one. The one I bought on eBay is oak. I wonder if they sound different.
Will Bickart said:
Here is the one I bought from Picker's Supply in Fredericksburg, VA. I love the look of the maple. I don't know the banjo's story, but the guy at the store said it was from a collector's estate and it came with a 2004 purchase receipt from Elderly in Lansing.
Maybe the neck I have is maple but not the curly type like yours. I know the rim is oak. I really like the deep sound especially for modal tunes.
Chris Prieto said:
I am fairly sure he uses oak on the rims and uses maple for the necks.
I am currently building an oak neck and it's a heavy rock like object. Solid like rock. I don't use power tools and it has been a challenge. Hopefully it sounds nice but I will prolly never do it again haha.
I have never played fretless before but really enjoy sliding to the note if you don't hit it just right the first time
This might be a good place to insert a message about selling my Bell Boucher, built by Terry (not a kit). It's a little over two years old and played very little. Comes with a like-new Alpine gig bag. Please pm me if interested. Located in Yellow Springs, OH