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    Last week I was able to visit the Deering Banjo Factory and play a prototype of their new banjo ukulele. Here's a few impressions:

    It is built with the Deering Goodtime parts and ethos. It is built from high quality parts, focusing on the quality rather than on adding features. It has an 11 inch diameter pot made of three ply maple like the base model Goodtime banjos. The neck is made of maple with the neck and fingerboard being a single piece of wood (there is no separate fingerboard).

    The sound is very mellow for a banjo uke with a lot of sustain. Notes are well defined and it has nice volume. The sound was way more refined than any banjo uke I've played.

    Two things to be aware of:

    1. If you're expecting a more typical banjo uke sound (brash with little sustain) you will likely have to get it from this with your technique than as a quality of the instrument.

    2. the 11 inch pot makes for an unconventional look. It looks very wide for its length - but it didn't feel out of proportion to hold. I expect finding a case may be interesting.
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    I admit to being a little disappointed, but I'm still dying to try one. Deering is my favorite banjo manufacturer, and I have a Maple Blossom five-string that is wonderful. I know some people like larger pots on banjo ukes, but the greater bass response kind of kills that ukey tone I love. Oh well-- it may not be for me, but I still expect they are very well-made instruments.



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    Am really interested in the Deering B/U. I have a Deering Goodtime 17-fret tenor banjo and the B/U looks like a compressed version by the way the fretboard and neck have been designed.

    Question - the bridge arrangement looks interesting compared to the standard banjo bridge. Does it seem to sit more solid?
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    I used to own a full size Deering Goodtime and it was superb.

    Interested in this - and I am never normally interested in uke banjos personally.

    Silly question - what is it strung with? Steel or nylon / fluoro?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveZ View Post
    Am really interested in the Deering B/U. I have a Deering Goodtime 17-fret tenor banjo and the B/U looks like a compressed version by the way the fretboard and neck have been designed.

    Question - the bridge arrangement looks interesting compared to the standard banjo bridge. Does it seem to sit more solid?
    Yes - the bridge is set on a wider, solid piece of wood. They mentioned this is a deliberate choice to get the tone they were after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    I used to own a full size Deering Goodtime and it was superb.

    Interested in this - and I am never normally interested in uke banjos personally.

    Silly question - what is it strung with? Steel or nylon / fluoro?

    I also think my full-size goodtime is pretty cool. The banjo uke was strung with latest generation Aquilas, which seemed slicker than some Aquilas I've played.
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    I'm also a Goodtime banjo owner and appreciate that Deering makes left-handed versions of all its Goodtime instruments, including the new banjo uke.

    Just happened to be corresponding with Carolina Bridges from Deering about this new instrument today, and she wrote, "The pictures don't really do it justice. It has a wonderful sound...uses the Goodtime pot assembly base with a Renaissance head and nylon strings (specs say Aquila Super Nylgut strings). Sounds very much like ukulele 'on steroids' because it has such great volume and note clarity all the way up its little wee neck."

    Can't wait to try one. $499 retail, but Elderly lists them for $399. Should be shipping by March, Carolina said. Can't wait to try one!

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    May be getting rid of my soprano and concert size banjo ukes to get one of these babies, but I'll want to try first. Hope they make a case for it. I'd prefer my banjo uke sound more like a banjo than a uke anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilUSAFRet View Post
    May be getting rid of my soprano and concert size banjo ukes to get one of these babies, but I'll want to try first. Hope they make a case for it. I'd prefer my banjo uke sound more like a banjo than a uke anyway.
    Ditto on wanting more of a a banjo sound. The 11-inch head ought to help.
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    Tenor Guitars: Martin TEN515, Blueridge BR-40T
    Tenor Banjo: Deering Goodtime 17-Fret
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    Oh man, now I want one of these even though I'm moving into a smaller apartment.... it does look a little goofy with the big pot and short neck.
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