I just decided.
Because October is the month of Halloween and pumpkins and squash and old hollow/hallow things, even the O in October is round like a gourd...so...
I declare October to be Gourd Banjer Month !
Let's use this thread to share our enthusiasm for our gourd banjos...
Post your gourdelicious videos, pictures, your love/hate gourd relationship stories, and random factoids about your gourd banjo here!
Anything goes...bring it on! :D
Real nice, Chris!
In keeping with the spirit of the month, I submit a photo my plantation banjo [Jeff Menzies #306]. It looks like the one in the old picture, holds its tuning, and plays very well. I have found that it is best to play when sitting down because it goes all dobro-shaped when I play standing up, but I'm sure this is true for most of these type banjos.
I wanna see a photo of Jacalyn's gourd banjer!
When humidity makes my other minstrel banjo heads a little saggy, I do notice that my gourd banjo head seems to stay tight better. Maybe that's because regardless of the size of the gourd itself, the circular 'free-floating' surface of the skin is actually only about 8.5" diameter on my gourd... thus is less effected by 'humidity stretch'. ?
Brice, you can't install a new skin, using the same tack holes?
I am building one this winter.