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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

New Deering Calico Banjo

A new chapter in the life of my blog is underway and this is the next step.  I have been taking banjo lessons for a while now and a symptom known as SBAS or Sudden Banjo Acquisition Syndrome has hit me hard. As usual I am always looking on Craigslist or E-bay and lately I found a new forum dedicated to the world of banjo players as well as other stringed instruments called Banjo Hangout (naturally) and  have been reading all the discussions regarding a wide variety of topics relating to the banjo experience.  On this forum I posed a question regarding whether a better banjo would help make a better banjo player and while there were some plain YES answers there were also some qualified possibly yes answers.  Meaning that yes, playing a new better banjo than my starter model could help motivate me to practicing more as well as creating more interest and positive feedback.  Some also stated that there is no need to upgrade until I was more accomplished...hey what do they know.

As a result of that interesting and mostly positive feedback plus some careful searching I happened to take a look at since they do list and sell Deering and other banjos.  I pretty much decided on Deering since it is what I have now only in the Goodtime basic banjo called a Classic II 5 string resonator model. Then there it was the deal I could not resist online at Amazon, I could not fight the extra $320 discount on top of the other almost $1,600 discount and my finger just hit the buy it now button.

The Deering Calico is in their professional lineup and about 4 steps up from the basic professional model called Sierra.  Without going into huge detail what all the differences are you can bet the calico is a good bit pricier than the Sierra.  A good deal of it is in small details of trim and how the whole banjo is made.  Happily this one is near the very top of the line in looks, sound and quality.  You can see it here:
Now my actual playing level does not match the quality of the instrument and who knows when or if it ever will but as my friend Johney says, "you can't take it with you so might as well enjoy it all now".
The package included an outer Amazon box with a Deering shipping box inside, holding the case with the banjo in it, all very well protected.
 Great hard plastic formed sleek looking case, very nice.

 Curly maple resonator and neck, looks very nice.

 Purfling is the Coral Snake colored inlay

 Looks like my latest motorcycle upgrade is a new banjo

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Banjo player at Holiday Party

Barely able to play the banjo but here we are.  The Firemen's hat is just a prop for entertainment purposes.  I bought that off e-Bay some time ago.