Richie Dotson

11000 Long Branch Drive

Chesterfield, Virginia 23932


Authorized Dealer for:

Huber Banjos, Parts and Accessories

Keith Tuners ... the finest.

Richmond, Virginia Banjo


banjo Repair

Guitar Repair

Mandolin Repair

Richie Dotson

Acoustic Box

Richmond, Virginia

Williamsburg, Virginia

Midlothian, Virginia

Chesterfield, Virginia

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New Banjo Railroad Spike Capo Video
New Changing a Skin Banjo Head Video
New Making a New Bone Nut Video

New Changing A Bridge-Setting Intonation Video

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Pre War Style Pips (5th string nuts)
Banjo Repair Page
Free Banjo Lessons and Tablature New
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Guitar Repair Page
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The Bella Voce Project
Changing Strings on an Autoharp
Pre War Gibson Banjo Testing
My Thoughts on Tone Rings
Pearl Inlay design and work
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Resonator Ping Test
About Me
Humor ... The Twisted Side of Me
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Why I prefer to ship using U.P.S.
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the Pre-War

Banjo Challenge

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Here is a sampling of a couple of different banjos.  One of them is a genuine prewar flathead style 3, TB conversion to 5-string.  One of them is a modern reproduction with a popular modern Pre-War reproduction tone ring.  Both have the same brand of fresh, light gauge strings, a Snuffy Smith III bridge and a Taiwan Remo head tuned to the same pitch.  Both are being played into the same microphone from the same distance and by the same player (me) and with the same picks.  Can you guess which banjo is the pre-war and which one is my much newer style 3? 

Click on the audio links to hear each clip.  This may take a couple of minutes to load because these are high quality files.


Banjo 1, Poor Ellen Smith Banjo 2, Poor Ellen Smith Banjo 1, Toy Heart Banjo 2, Toy Heart

Now ... Scroll down to see which banjo is which























Banjo Number 2 is the Pre-War

Banjo Number 1 is my Style 3 with a Steve Huber Tone Ring


The original 3 days of polling yielded the following results:

405 Votes were cast and the results were: 203 votes that the Pre-War was the Pre-War

202 Votes that my Style 3 with the Huber Tone ring was the Pre-War

You are the

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