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Thanks to Tim Twiss for this fiddle tune from Kerr's, and thanks to Jim Hartel for the new calf-skin head on my Boucher.

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Comment by Rob Morrison on January 25, 2014 at 1:16am

Good job, Paul.  The skin heads always sound best, that is if they're dry.  Interesting little tune.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 25, 2014 at 7:17am

That was cool Paul. I noticed the different fingering choices in our interpretation. It is enjoyable to get a fresh unmarked piece and put your own "fingerprint" on it. Re: the head, I bet you will be pleased with the skin. I went from synthetic to skin and now back to the original synthetic head. I use the Bell as my organic banjo, with skin AND gut. Having 2 is really a luxury. I usually out the Bell first, but if it is too damp, I go to the other. It is to the point where I keep a digital meter handy, and go by the numbers. I know exactly the point where excessive humidity will begin to effect the instrument. It's numbers to me, as much as a feeling, as I have been watching and experimenting so much.

Comment by Paul Draper on January 25, 2014 at 10:19am

Thanks.  Yes, the new skin head has essentially given me a new banjo.  It's sounds great with a cedar bridge.  

Comment by Strumelia on January 25, 2014 at 9:20pm

Like!   :D

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