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Bell vs a Hartel minstrel banjo? (can someone explain?)

Hi Everyone my name is Jason. I'm new here and I was wondering what is the difference in sound quality and craftsmanship between both makers of the Boucher minstrel banjo? I know the Hartel Boucher is more expensive, perhaps a little more modified then the Bell Boucher. Although Im new to the Victorian fretless banjo, I have been a musician for years. I would greatly appreciate any info on this topic.

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Comment by Tim Twiss on August 12, 2015 at 8:24pm

I've owned and loved both. You really need to take them for a spin yourself, unless you are strictly shopping with your pocketbook in mind. They are beautiful....and distinct. In my recordings, the Hartel is on all the Briggs stuff, and the Bell is all the others. I hear the tonal difference there.

Comment by Chris Prieto on August 12, 2015 at 9:44pm

I recently played a hartel and it was like butter. A joy to play. A little lighter than I imagined. Thick ol peg head and neat lil thumb groove by the bottom of neck by the rim. It's pretty old, so everything was nice and used.

I haven't played a Bell Boucher but I own a Bell Sweeney and it is a beast. Loud enough to wake the dead. Kinda beefy. Love it to pieces.

Comment by Strumelia on August 12, 2015 at 9:48pm

I have a Bell and a Hartel.   I find the Bell has a softer warmer rounder resonant tone, and the Hartel is crisper, punchier, cuts through a bit more.  I love them both!

Comment by Jason Adam Young on August 15, 2015 at 6:10pm

Thanks Tim,Chris and Strumelia for input. :)

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