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Author Topic: Ben Curry  (Read 3680 times)

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Ben Curry
« on: June 12, 2008, 02:20:29 PM »
Could someone with a more musical ear tell me what instrument Ben Curry uses on his recordings? I can hear a harmonica in there along with a stringed instrument that sounds like either a Banjo or a Mandolin? just wondering out of pure interest he has quite an interesting sound.

Offline uncle bud

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Re: Ben Curry
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008, 07:48:40 PM »
I love Ben Curry's material and have wondered the same thing, not being banjo-knowledgeable. However, to my ear, it's got to be either a tenor banjo (four strings), or a mandolin-banjo (eight strings). My money's on tenor banjo but I'm prepared to stand corrected.  :P
« Last Edit: June 12, 2008, 07:50:22 PM by andrew »


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Re: Ben Curry
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2008, 12:36:34 AM »
well I had a strange dream last night that told me it was some sort of mandolin for some reason, though im more prepared to go with your answer it does have a sort of banjo sound. It sounds alot more like a banjo on his version of "Tight like that", which is comparativly alot more clear than other songs he recorded.

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Re: Ben Curry
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2008, 01:53:43 PM »
I'm torn between four and eight strings but it definitely sound like the same scale as a mandolin.

What a guy!

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Re: Ben Curry
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2008, 08:43:31 AM »
Hi all,
It sure sounds to me like a banjo-mandolin that Bogus Ben was playing.
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