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Devil's Dream - Money Musk - Mrs. McCloud's Reel

A Briggs on Rice sandwich.

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Comment by Tim Twiss on October 31, 2013 at 6:17pm
Wow, McClouds sounded great
Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on November 5, 2013 at 9:51pm

Hey Paul, is that an new banjo? So weird, earlier today I was thumbing through Rice's and set my sights on Mrs. McClouds Reel, and then there you are. IT"S A SIGN!   Nice stuff buddy.

Comment by Paul Draper on November 5, 2013 at 10:07pm
Thanks Nicholas. Same banjo -- the Hartel.
Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on November 6, 2013 at 9:48am

It just sounded brighter more snappy, maybe the acoustics in the room or mic level. Do you use Gut or nylgut?

Comment by Paul Draper on November 6, 2013 at 9:56am

Nylgut.

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on November 6, 2013 at 10:08am

I have never used nylgut on my banjo, for my own reasons, always wanted to stay as close as to raw materials as possible.

I mean there has to be a difference, and I would imagine they are brighter, yes?

Comment by Paul Draper on November 6, 2013 at 10:20am

Could be, tho I didn't notice a big difference when I changed the gut on my gourd to nylguts.  I use nylguts because they last longer and my fingernail slides over them easier.  maybe this winter i'll go back to gut.

Comment by John Masciale on November 6, 2013 at 9:15pm

I noticed a difference with nylguts.  I find regular gut to be brighter, especially when you play up on the neck.  Some of you may notice I play Jim Along Josie from fret 5 and higher.  I do that because I get a nice thump out of the string/banjo, and love the sound.  I don't get that when I play on nylguts. 

Comment by Strumelia on November 6, 2013 at 11:21pm

What a lovely cozy place to sit and play...and you sound just great.   :)

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on November 7, 2013 at 12:18am

Interesting John how how each of our our instruments among us seem to respond differently, of course I yet to have experimented with nylgut, I should do that so I can hear for myself.

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