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Thread: Ukulele --> 5 String Banjo

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    Quote Originally Posted by wc-uke View Post
    You'll love the Backyard Banjo. I added the optional armrest to mine. Looks and sounds good.
    I have a bari uke tuned DGBE but thinking of getting a second one to tune dGBE for clawhammer
    and more of a regular uke sound (also can use a capo on the 5th fret to match regular uke
    tuning for group or jam sessions). Too much fun, I do need a 12 step program for UAS (and GAS and BAS).
    Sweet! I'm excited.
    Btw, I inquired of Backyard Music if they had any plans
    to issue a banjo ukulele in the near future. They said no, but
    they are working on a tenor banjo kit. Which got me thinking
    that such an instrument could be tuned like a baritone ukulele.
    Even as a high d re-entrant for claw hammer style.
    Last edited by maki66; 03-15-2018 at 03:59 PM.
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    One thing to consider when looking for a 5-string banjo uke comes from the world of "classical banjo": the class of smaller 5-string banjos that are part of the "banjo orchestra". These include the "piccolo banjo" and the "pony banjo". They could easily be tuned like a banjo uke; they were always meant to be strung with gut (now nylon) strings. This web-site shows the various sizes :
    http://piccoloplace.org/html/banjo-sizes/info0.shtml

    BTW, the American Banjo Fraternity is dedicated to keeping this style of banjo playing alive; they have biannual rallies. Check this out:
    http://banjofraternity.org/banjo-rallies.html

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    Thanks for posting that. Nothing new is there?
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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