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Tom Berghan
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  • Woodinville, WA
  • United States
  • Took up banjo in 2009
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Tom Berghan's Discussions

String recommendation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto Aug 24. 10 Replies

Carbon Fiber Nylon: You really ought to try it! My two favorite materials are real gut, and carbon fiber nylon. Here is a source for you:…Continue

Helpful tip - side dot markers

Started Aug 4 0 Replies

Here is a non-invasive, not-permanent way to add attractive & professional looking side dots to any neck. They can Really help when (or if) you play in a standing position. These are "dry…Continue

La Patrie Guitar, model "Motif"

Started Feb 11 0 Replies

Any one here have experience with these? I have not actually seen one yet in the flesh yet, but they are a "parlor guitar" loosely based on Ashborns and late 19th century guitars. (Not a specific…Continue

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Tom Berghan commented on D. Wooldridge's photo
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Joel Sweeney's Black Banjo Teacher Named

"Thank you!  Can you tell us the name and date of the newspaper?"
Sep 13
Tom Berghan commented on Scott Danneker's photo
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"Personal Banjo Picker to a Major General.  Boy, that sound likes a good gig!  It would be great if the U.S. Army had such appointments today!  Were can I apply?  "
Sep 13
Chris Prieto replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"Thanks for sharing Tom, I'm gonna give this a go :)"
Aug 24
Tom Berghan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
Aug 23
Tom Berghan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"Here is a source for wound strings, floss wound with copper wire plated with nickel-silver: https://www.stringsbymail.com/classical-guitar-strings-1/daddario-41/specialty-singles-114/silverplated-wound-340/"
Aug 23
Tom Berghan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"Real gut strings always sound best! No question. As for the fourth string tuned to G or A, then just use floss wound with nickel plated copper wire (like classical guitar). Try a 0.028" D'Addario single. These historically appropriate for…"
Aug 23
Chris Prieto replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"mmmm, honestly as finicky as the gut strings are I cannot put my rig with the guts down. Last time i played the nylguts I was taken aback at how harsh they sound. They have also been beat mercilessly for a few years now so they might just be needing…"
Aug 22
Tom Berghan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"These will feel a wee little bit stiffer and be a little louder. Stay in tune really well too! The wound string is a floss core by the way like a classical guitar string"
Aug 21
Sonny Bryan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"That's about the scale of my Moschella. I am using the standard set of Aquilla minstrel nylgut now. I haven't bought any in a while. I may give these a try. Thanks, Tom"
Aug 21
Tom Berghan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"For a 26 and 3/8th inch scale pitched dGDF#A at 440 Hertz I use 0.022" 0.026" 0.038" 0.028" Wound 0.022""
Aug 21
Tom Berghan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"Sonny, it depends on the scale of each individual banjo and the pitch of the notes you are using for the open strings. If you have what feels like appropriate tensions now then try using the same diameters, or, if they feel light you can try…"
Aug 21
Sonny Bryan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"Tom, could you post the banjo strings sizes, from 1st thru 5th, that you use on a typical fretless? Thanks"
Aug 21
Tom Berghan posted a discussion

String recommendation

Carbon Fiber Nylon: You really ought to try it! My two favorite materials are real gut, and carbon fiber nylon. Here is a source for you: https://www.stringsbymail.com/classical-guitar-strings-1/savarez-62/specialty-singles-147/alliance-kf-carbon-602/alliance-kf-1-meter-460/
Aug 21
Tom Berghan replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Converse Banjo Bridges Now Available.
"I have a banjo built circa 1870. I tried several bridges on it and the bridge Joel made is the best! I love it! I recommend them! I'm gonna order a couple more myself. Thanks Joel."
Aug 21
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
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How long have you played banjo?
Took up banjo in 2009
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
James Hartel "Sweeney," and an unsigned unbranded minstrel style banjo from 1870

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