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Thread: Banjolele restoration? And, some news about me for those who are interested.

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    Default Banjolele restoration? And, some news about me for those who are interested.

    First off, I wanted to say, I've missed the group, but have been going through rough times. After 10 years of marriage, I find myself single once again. It came as a surprise, and I'm still in disbelief. My life has been on hold as I found myself thrust through the divorce process. I have recently purchased a home and started a new job, and so life continues and has some bright notes amidst the discord. And so it goes. I hope to return to building ukes soon, though I would like to get some circuits installed and new outlets in place before I start operating all the machinery. Still, I've puttered around the workshop some and it felt good. I have a lot more space than I did in the previous home (it's a good time to be buying homes in Michigan, not so good to be selling!).

    On to the banjolele: A fellow I recently met became excited when he heard I'd built a couple of ukuleles. He has an old, beat-up banjolele he'd like to turn into a player. You can see images of it here:

    http://mattclara.com/misc/banjolele/

    The main problems with it are the drum skin, which needs to be replaced, the frets, which are worn thin (and set directly into the neck sans fretboard), and a very slight twist to the neck itself that keeps it from being 100% level. I was thinking the skin could be replaced with a new drum skin, the frets could be pulled, the neck planed back and leveled, and a fretboard added. I told him I would ask here on the forum to get some feedback, but I also recommended he take it into Elderly to get their opinion and a price quote.

    Thoughts?

    Best wishes to you all, I hope to become a regular again sooner rather than later.

    Matt

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    Glad your back Matt, any chance you'll make it to the Milwaukee Fest?
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    Welcome back Matt, I have missed you. So sorry to hear about your divorce, if you weren't prepared I can only imagine the shock and all the trouble.

    I'll check your link, but I don't know anything worth mentioning about banjos or banjo ukes.

    Sven
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    I was just wondering the other day if we had upset you... turns out someone else did. Sorry to hear it but very glad to see you back Matt

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    Good to hear from you again Matt..I wondered where you'd gone missing..I even searched your posts..and the last one was back in March..when you anounced that you'd found a "Loverly piece of Ash" (I thought that was just a spelling mistake)

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    I don't know anything about banjos, but I know it's good to see you back.

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    Matt, I've been hoping to hear from you for so long - I can't say how glad I am that your finally back in the swing. Check your inbox for more.

    In the meantime, I was thinking along the same lines for the banjolele, but if I was going to plane the neck down anyway I would think about adding a fretboard and maybe also some kind of stabilizing rod.

    All the best,
    Erich
    Last edited by erich@muttcrew.net; 09-16-2011 at 11:16 AM.

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    Good to have you back Matt. Ukuleles, whether building them or playing them, are great healing machines. Get back to the bench!
    Chuck Moore
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    Welcome back Matt! It's good to see you getting back on track...

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    Welcome back Matt. Start building.

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