It's over, folks! The Banjo Wizard has "left the building."
After being on the internet for more than a decade and a half, this site is now officially closed.
Since the recent passing of my brother, Thomas, I have not been able to devote the time to this site that it needs in order to keep it current. I was left with his collection of guitars, most of which need some kind of major work to bring them back into playing condition.
After I lost my brother, I also lost my wife of 43 years, Carol. This was even more devastating. She died of lung cancer, caused by 45 years of smoking. If you smoke, stop now. Don't die.
During the time that this site was up, I made people aware of alternative ways of setting up a banjo. Hopefully, I have made more than a few people aware of the way that a simple, logical approach to banjo setup could help them produce good sounds from their instruments.
I also hope that some of you may have begun to realize that trying to become someone you aren't when you play the banjo is a dead end.
There are plenty of players who can imitate Earl Scruggs, but very few of them even come close to sounding like him.
There are so many more avenues of playing that can be explored on the banjo. Hopefully, some of you will try to find them.
I now have a surplus of banjos and parts. I'll be listing some of these on ebay and/or the hangout soon.
Please do not try to contact me unless you actually know me.