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More banjo-related news
February 4, 2010 - Bill Ackerbauer
Since my blog already seems to be heavy on the banjo-related content lately, I guess it couldn't hurt to pass along the following item:
Folk singer Pete Seeger pulls old banjo from eBay
I'm curious about why Mr. Seeger would take this action; I assume it's because he thinks this move will bring in more money for charity than selling his banjo head on eBay. The headline is misleading, by the way — he isn't selling the whole banjo, just the head (the round white skin that produces the sound).
Banjos are interesting instruments in that their parts are interchangeable. That makes them easily customizable. For example, I have a banjo that is perhaps 90 or 100 years old, but some of the parts on it are fairly new, such as the bridge and arm rest I put on a couple of years ago.
Can you imagine being able to do this sort of thing with any other kind of object, such as a car? I'm picturing a lime green 1925 Ford Model T with hubcaps from a '67 Mustang, a bicycle rack from a 2005 Subaru and Yosemite Sam mudflaps.
That would look almost as pretty as my old banjo sounds!
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Pete Seeger's banjo head says "This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It To Surrender." That slogan is a variation on the one Woody Guthrie scrawled on the tops of several of his guitars (see next photo).