04 November 2014

Double bass and instruction books for sale

When we learned on Sunday that Tony Wall of Waterford city is selling his rare Bill Keith Signature Rich & Taylor banjo, we (knowing that Tony has owned more than one banjo) did not take this as bad news at the time.

However, we are very sorry to learn from Ray O'Brien's Bluegrass in Ireland Facebook page that Southern Welfare, after a welcome return to the scene last year, has broken up, and consequently Tony is now offering for sale more high-quality bluegrass goods.

The bass shown above (more photos are on Ray's site) was once owned by Longford-based bass player and singer John Cassin, who played with Southern Welfare for a period. It is in excellent condition, with a K&K pickup system, plus a pickup under the neck for slap action; Innovation Super Silver strings; a soft case; and a stand (visible in the photo). Ray says: 'This is a real bargain at €600 (no offers)', and few will argue with that.

Tony is also selling his collection of Earl Scruggs books, which should be required reading for all bluegrass banjo players. Tony can be contacted via e-mail or by 'phone (0876244718).

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