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    Some, but BanjoHangout is a good place to start. That and a variety of Patreon sites and the banjo festivals, workshops, etc.
    Iím a regular visitor and rare contributor to the Banjo Hangout. Are there any Patreon sites that you recommend in particular?
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    Hilarie Buhrans if you are looking to learn tunes. There is also Banjoquest if you want to learn techniques.
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    Hilarie Buhrans if you are looking to learn tunes. There is also Banjoquest if you want to learn techniques.
    And what if I want to be invited into the backrooms where Romero’s and Pools’ Ozark’s change hands?
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    I think I read through this throughly. I am not sure what the price point was nor do I know the cost for a Buckeye. For the record, the banjos sure look and sound nice.

    http://www.buckeyebanjos.com/home.html

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    I think I read through this throughly. I am not sure what the price point was nor do I know the cost for a Buckeye. For the record, the banjos sure look and sound nice.

    http://www.buckeyebanjos.com/home.html
    There is a pretty one offered for a pretty penny here: https://www.banjobuyer.com/banjo/82705and it
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    $3600.00 mabe by Greg Gailberth. Looking at Pete Harts Buckeye mandolins is fun too.

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    You have to be quick on Willís site.
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    Bart Reiter has really, officially, and completely retired. He has sold off all of his shop equipment. If he ever makes any more instruments, they will be made with only the most basic of tools, and only if he wants to smell sawdust again.

    Mike Ramsey passed away last Thursday from a massive stroke.

    Old Vega Tubaphone and Whyte Laydie tenors can still be found for $600 to $1200. Have a good 5 string neck made and you have a d--- good instrument. Tenors that have already been converted can be found for $1500 or less. Or, if you're handy with tools, Bernunzio still has a few Eastman repro necks left-- $275 for a plain one, $399 with inlaid fingerboard and a gryphon in the head. Since Eastman has discontinued banjos, there probably won't be any more of these necks available after the current batch is gone. And since some of the Irish tenor players have discovered the old Vegas, they are getting harder to find, and prices are creeping up.

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    Damn, didnít know about Mike ( RIP, brotherÖ

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    Bart Reiter posted a brief statement from Mike Ramsey's daughters on Friday: www.banjohangout.org/topic/375953

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    OME makes a few of these every few years

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    OME makes a few of these every few years
    How does it compare to your Flora?
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    How does it compare to your Flora?
    The Flora is a 12 inch. The Omega also has a radiused board. So, not really a fair comparison.
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    The Flora is a 12 inch. The Omega also has a radiused board. So, not really a fair comparison.
    Okay, so how does it contrast with the Flora? Apparently, it has an 11” head, which changes the tone, and a radiused board, which impacts playability. Are the other differences largely aesthetic?
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    Okay, so how does it contrast with the Flora? Apparently, it has an 11” head, which changes the tone, and a radiused board, which impacts playability. Are the other differences largely aesthetic?
    Lol. P, the tone on an 11 inch is more suitable towards Adam Hurt style playing. The Flora is more Abigail Washburn style. So, neither one is going anywhere anytime soon.
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    P, the tone on an 11 inch is more suitable towards Adam Hurt style playing. The Flora is more Abigail Washburn style.
    As an Abigail Adams fan, I may require one of each.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    As an Abigail Adams fan, I may require one of each.
    https://www.banjostudio.com/collecti...5-string-banjo

    https://folkwaymusic.com/new-instruments/item/id.4146

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    Iíd seen the Omega offered at Banjo Studio as well as their demo of a previous one:

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    I’d seen the Omega offered at Banjo Studio as well as their demo of a previous one:

    Notice that video is from 2015. I am now wondering if that was the last time he had one?
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    Notice that video is from 2015. I am now wondering if that was the last time he had one?
    Maybe. And his prices have certainly climbed:

    https://www.banjobuyer.com/banjo/51244

    However, your own The Music Emporium mentioned one from NAMM 2016 and one or two that have arrived subsequently before your own:

    https://themusicemporium.com/product...ngraved-inlays
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    If anybody else out west is looking at Ome's and can make a trip to Dusty Strings, Gryphon or Denver Folklore, I'll say it's a lot of fun but they all seem to be low stocked right now (actually never been to Folklore and a long time since I went to Gryphon...)

    also Sylvan in Santa Cruz occasionally gets some

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    If in Canada, Bill Rickard would be a good choice. He also uses his own brand of 10:1 tuners, which I had installed on my JP tenor banjo. They work great! Another good open-back banjo builder to check out would be Carl Arcand (Second Life Banjos) in Quebec -- does great work! As well as building banjos from scratch, he also does a lot of neck replicates for tenor conversions.
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