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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by juks, Jun 16, 2021.
Wow, that's an old one!
Now there's something I always wanted to learn ( honest )
Somebody's getting a Father's Day gift.
Cool. Wonder if @wildeman is interested?
It's really cool for sure, I'm pretty good on banjers right now though.
That's actually an interesting banjo though because it has a top tensioning head, usually they have hooks and the tension nut is on the back.
MOTS! Mother of Toilet Seat. Looks fancy but kind of a cheat. I have an old Gibson style 11 with MOTS. In the 30's, it was a budget banjo because they could hide the wood under the (kind of fragile and very flammable) cellulose.
Today, it just looks fancy!
Love it, Gretsch Banjos were better than most give them credit. I have a 1925 Gretsch Orchestrella , a 1948 Gretsch Broadcaster?, and a 1940 Gretsch built Bacon Day Mother of Toilet Seat Senorita. They all have unique sounds and are very playable.
Those are so cool! I just love it when a wonderful instrument survives all the way from 1925. You can soon celebrate its 100th anniversary. That is mind blowing!
juks, very nice for you to mention, I appreciate it.
The 1925 Gretsch Orchestrella belonged to My Grandmother. She had 7 kids and played Banjo in a dance hall with her sister to help keep food on the table, playing Banjo payed more than when she was a concert pianist. I was told that the banjo was the Rock and Roll instrument of the day. The Orchestrella was lost when she died in 1956, I found it by accident on a web site for sale.
It was in fairly rough shape, but I did some work on it to get it to play. The Bacon and Day toilet seat Senorita belonged to her younger sister when they played together. We found it stuffed in the rafters of her basement when she died in 2004. No one wanted it, but my son plays, and needed one for an upcoming musical, so I thought that we would work on it, honestly, it didn't need that much.
As with Gretsch guitars, they get a bad rap that they don't deserve. The people on this site are smart enough to know the best kept secret, Gretsch products are wonderful. Many of the usual people would think that they are ready for the trash bin, but Gretsch musicians know better.
Wonderful story, thanks for sharing.
I just learnt a new locution.
Try to imagine being non native and checking a word to word translation to have a clue what it might mean...