Welcome to @BanjoBen 's Forum Jason, as I recall the old website had a Forum but Ben didn’t know it existed I know that cos he never frequented it. I have to say I rarely visited it myself, never could figure out how to post a message.
This Forum is way much better, lots of friendly folks offering help and encouragement to all need. Ben is here most of the time, except when he is at the store in Washburn, Missouri, down visiting kinfolk in Kilgore Texas, flying his aeroplane, huntin, shootin and creating comedy sketches with Tarvin Dillard, meeting his old friend and mentor Alan Munde for coffee and cake in Nashville, creating lessons each week on Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo not to mention answering a ton of emails and messages from his admiring students. How he has time to eat (he loves food) sleep visit the john and raise a young family beats me. Did I mention he loves food. He preaches at church on Sunday, organises and supervises trips Israel, Cuba and India in his spare time and has a list of chores longer than Santa’s naughty and nice list.
By the way my name is Archie and I live on the other side of the big pond in Scotland. I am retired I don’t play golf or the bagpipes so I have lots of free time to enjoy learning to play banjo and annoy all the other Gold Pick Members here on Ben’s Forum. If you have any questions just fire away, only to glad to help if I am able if not I just waffle a lot of nonsense to make you feel welcome and important until Ben is free to address your query.