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Three-finger banjo style depends seventy-five to eighty percent on right hand technique. The Banjo Board® is the first practice device that allows you to concentrate on right hand fundementals without the distraction of left hand operations. Don't waste time with the small "knockoff" simulators which won't allow the feel and proper hand angle of a real banjo in your lap. Get the original banjo board and turn wasted driving time or slow time at the office into productive practice time. Practice rolls quietly after the kids are in bed. Improve timing and speed by practicing with a metronome or playing along with a CD or radio. Improve roll and lick fingering memorization, finger anchoring, angle of attack, depth control, economy of motion, finger strength, and general accuracy. Start a show or jam session already warmed up because you used the banjo board beforehand. Hand made in USA of African mahogany or lighter weight cedar to specs of a real banjo. Available only from Hatfield Music.
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Lakota Leather Banjo Strap
Two inchs wide: List: $64.95 HM: $45.00 plus $3.00 P&H.
Three inches wide: List: $74.95 HM price: $65.00.
About the "cradle style" strap attachment system
JONES-HATFIELD BANJO PICKUP
Jack Hatfield has re-designed and re-introduced the popular Gerald Jones Acoustic Plus banjo pickup!
The Gerald Jones pickup, known to produce the most natural pickup amplified sound possible, was out of production for several years. This pickup features a magnetic coil/ inductor strip design. Mounts on co-ordinator rods with thumbscrew. The 3.5mm" jack mounts easily in flange hole, does not require routing a groove in inside of resonater as previous Gerald Jones 1/4" jack sometimes did. No drilling, screws or soldering required-installs in two minutes! New jack mounting bracket now available for Stelling banjos.
Improvements over the original Gerald Jones design:
More powerful signal - 10% more windings and a stronger magnet.
Improved shielded coil-to-jack cable, re-routed out the back of the pickup so it clears the co-ordinater rods.
Plastic non-conducting enclosure replaces metal enclosure - less interference with electromagnetic field.
Spacer on mounting bracket to more accurately center pickup under head.
Enclosed 3.5mm jack replaces open back 1/4" jack - avoids possible electrical shorts if finger pick is dropped through flange hole or the jack gets bumped while the resonater is unattached to the banjo. The smaller 3.5mm jack will not interfere with resonater mounting as the 1/4 inch jack did on the original Gerald tJomes pickup.
Jack mountng bracket - jack no longer mounts directly in the flange hole. Bracket made from insulating plastic to avoid ground hum. Can now be mounted on Stelling Banjos.
Includes both 24" cable to connect to belt preamp and six foot cable to connect directly to amp or PA.
Lifetime Guarantee! We will replace at no charge if purchased from Hatfield Music.
Why does the Jones-Hatfield pickup have a more natural acoustic sound than the Fishman? It's because the Fishman is an active pickup, but the Jones - Hatfield pickup is a passive pickup. An active pickup is one that has voltage supplied at the coil, like a condenser microphone. When voltage is applied at te coil there is a small amount of distortion. It is the same thing as over- driving the individual channel volume on a PA...or producing distortion on an electric guitar.This is how rock guitarists like Jimi Hendrix first created distortion in the late 1960's - they turned the pot on the guitar and the individual channel on the amp (preamp) all the way up, over-driving the main amp.With an active pickup there is no way to CONTROL the voltage and impedance in the coil - it is determined by the guage of the wire in the coil, the number of windings and the amount of voltage going through the coil...all stationary aspects that cannot be altered by the banjo player. With a passive pickup such as the Jones - Hatfield pickup, the voltage is controlled by user via the pre-amp, such as the Schatten Mini-Pre or the Fishman GII guitar pre-amp.
The advantage of the Fishman GII pre-amp over the Schatten is that you have fingertip control of volume and TONE (with a three-band Equalizer)... on your belt...you do not have to turn around and adjust the amp or use a volume pedal which means fewer cables underfoot and electronics that can go wrong.The disadvantage is that the GII is much larger and bulkier clipped to your belt.
Better results will be obtained by taping the inductor strip under the head instead of placing it under the middle foot of the bridge...not only can the the inductor be positioned closer to the coil (which means more gain) but you can move it around for different tone...near the middle of the head for a mid range tone, or nearer the tailpiece area of the head for a more treble tone. $100.00 plus 5.00 P&H Add to Cart
Note: this pickup is designed for resonater banjos with two co-ordinater rods of equal diameter. Installs in any Gibson-style banjo (Gibson, Huber, Rich & Taylor, (Crafters of Tennessee), Frank Neat Stanleytone, Arthur Hatfield, etc. Also, Gibson style imports including Gold Tone, Gold Star, Recording King, Washburn, Epiphone, Aria, Ibanez, Morgan Monroe, etc) Deering, Stelling. (Note - Stelling requires a special jack mounting bracket, free upon request).
Though it can be rigged for many travel banjos. open-back banjos and Nechville banjos which do not have two co-ordinater rods, Hatfeld Music does not guarantee it will intstall in these instruments. Often a fake co-ordinater rod will have to be made or the pickup bracket can be glued or otherwise fastened to a square dowel stick. A 7'8" clearance between the rod/dowelstick and the head is required.
Any returns due to failure to install properly or on the correct style banjo (with double co-ordinater rods) will be deducted the standard 15% re-stock fee.
ALL RETURNS MUST BE AUTHORIZED IN ADVANCE.
RECENTLY REDESIGNED PRE-AMP/EQ from Fishman:
Platinum Stage Preamp/D.I. (PRO-PLT-301) Completely redesigned from the ground up, the all-analog universal instrument preamp delivers incredibly accurate sonic detail for any acoustic instrument. A discrete, high-headroom Class-A preamp uses precision, high-speed circuitry for the highest fidelity and low distortion. Classic Fishman tone centers with sweepable mid is combined with a switchable guitar/bass EQ mode, making it more musical for bass instruments, and more universal for recording and performing musicians.
Drivebox for 5-String Banjo
The only speaker designed specifically for amplified banjo.
As acoustic musicians we try to find ourselves the very finest instruments made by highly skilled artisans out of the finest woods. We search for the strings that give us exactly the response and tone we want for our specific playing styles and we spend money and time on every detail of our instrument until we have THE sound we want for our performances. Then we need to somehow amplify our sound for our larger audiences or just to get the room levels we need for the presence our music should have and all of a sudden what comes out of the PA no longer sounds like our beautiful instruments.
Not any longer! Portmann Acoustics proudly present external speaker cabinets engineered and designed for SPECIFIC acoustic instruments to bring your amplified sound as close to your natural instrument as possible!
Individually hand-crafted with fine attention to detail, these speaker cabinets are as much beautiful art to the eye as they are highly calibrated resonant acoustic cavities tuned to match the natural audio response of your fine acoustic instrument.
The results: a striking bohemian appearance with the rich texture and tones of dark tooled leather and polished wood, accented with inlaid carvings and a heavy black powder coated metal grill for a slight ‘retro’ touch. This gives the cabinet its own artistic character and presence which will draw every eye to the stage as it faithfully produces the clear and accurate tones of your own instrument.
Price: $1599.00 Plus shipping. Call 865-428-8063 or email for more information.
The LowBox for 4-String Upright Bass
This speaker system has been carefully engineered specifically for the 4-String Upright Acoustic Bass to accurately bring out those beautiful complex woody tones you find especially in carved-top or fully carved-basses. A rare earth 15” driver provides powerful low notes while having an extended high range to bring out those melodic high notes and thumb positions with equal clarity and presence. You will be amazed at the presence and volume while preserving the true natural tone of your bass without making it sound ‘electric’.
Price: $1899.00 Plus shipping Call 865-524-5220 or email for more information.
Portmann Acoustics speaker cabinets are made of high quality hardwood plywood with durable, reinforced vinyl coverings resembling real tooled leather, heavy duty cast-metal Neutrik Speak-On connectors, and rugged molded nylon corners. Portman Acoustics speaker cabinets currently come in two models; one for 5-string Banjo and one for 4-string Upright Bass with additional models for other acoustic instruments planned for future release as well as a line of specialty electronics and recommendations to assist you in every way to achieve the most excellent sound as close to your natural instrument as is possible.
Speaker Driver(s): (1) 15” Eminence Driver
Total Cabinet Input Impedance = 8
Dimensions: 25”Wx 30”Hx 18”D
Weight: 60 lbs
Frequency Range: 40 Hz - 3 kHz
Signal Input: (2) Neutrik Connectors
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