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Seeger deserves at least the left lane.
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On 2014-01-29 23:07, landmark wrote:
Seeger deserves at least the left lane.

He probably would be uncomfortable with naming a bridge after him. But I dare say he'd have enjoyed this comment.

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What if it was a banjo bridge?
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Only if it looked like this.

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WHOA! Don't want to derail this topic (though Pete probably wouldn't mind), but who made that bridge? What effect do those extra feet have on the sound? Looks very practical,too. The bridge would never accidentally flip down over to one side. Not that such a thing has ever happened to me, mind you. Smile

Looks way cool!
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Anotehr article on Pete's local work up in Beacon: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/nyregi......tml?_r=1

It makes you wonder: what have I accomplished in this life and how do I want to be remembered. Pete was a true American
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Stone,

You probably already know that Pete was quite an experimenter with banjos. He invented the longneck model. His frist one, which was stolen, had two extra frets. All of the replacements and (semi)massed produced have three.

He had a friend, Stu Jamieson, who was experimenting with banjo bridges and made two of those for him to try out. When he told me about it, over 20 years ago, he said he couldn't remember exactly why they tried it or what is was supposed to do. I thought that was odd because Pete remembered details of almost everything in his life. And he could name almost every person he ever met that he made even the smallest connect with. He said the bridge did effect the sound. It made it not as full sounding and a little quieter; not what he realy wanted but he liked the fact that it never tipped over. Pete strummed really hard sometimes. He called it "whamming".

I never made one. I don't know why. I thought about it often but just never got a round tuit. That picture is from a forum online where someone was trying to duplicate it. He gave up after a few tries. FRETS magazine published instructions and full-size drawings a long time ago.

The material Pete's is made from is all but impossible to get now. The closest thing is circuit-board material. It is brittle, leaves very sharp edges when cut, and the dust from cutting and sanding it is toxic. Maybe that's why I and others have never tried.

One of the coolest moments in my life was the time, and the few minutes right after, he said, "Here, give it a try."

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Stone,

Thanks for posting that link. The article is right on about how he was in to his neighbors. And you're right on about how he can make us think about "the power of one".

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