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Comment by Rob MacKillop on July 28, 2009 at 3:02am
I've just ordered this from Nate Calkin, and await its arrival. Now on the hunt for suitable repertoire. Any recommendations?
Gourd Banjo No. 16 - Walnut Neck -10” Canteen Gourd - Ebony Tuning Pegs - Goatskin Head - 24” Scale
Comment by Tim Twiss on July 28, 2009 at 6:36am
Rob, you're always a surprise. I think you'll enjoy the gourd banjo. Same repertoire...different character. I like all the stuff in the Rice Book especially..lots of thumb. Good luck sitting with this thing. It's a slippery little devil.
Comment by Rob MacKillop on July 28, 2009 at 6:46am
I surprise myself too! Not to mention my long-suffering wife. Well, it's my 50th birthday today, and I thought I would treat myself to something new. I'm experimenting with stroke and clawhammer styles, and a gourd banjo is the cheapest way into playing the repertoire on a suitable-ish instrument. I liked your videos and recordings of your gourd, and that inspired me to go down this route. We'll see...
Comment by Trapdoor2 on July 28, 2009 at 10:05am
Cool, Rob. I have played a few gourdies and they always have a unique sound to them. I've got one about 80% complete, hanging in my shop and three more canteen gourds laying about to make more. One of these days I'll finish them!


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