Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

A resource and gathering site for people interested in playing and constructing early banjos, and the history of minstrel music in America.

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Andy Chase liked Paul Draper's video
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Brice Alms replied to Brice Alms's discussion my 1870s banjo. Restoration complete.
"Oh Absolutely."
yesterday
Strumelia replied to Brice Alms's discussion my 1870s banjo. Restoration complete.
"I wonder at all the hundreds of songs played on that banjo over the many years and the different owners.  Wouldn't you like to go back in time to see a scene of it being played, from each decade?"
Thursday
Timothy Twiss replied to Brice Alms's discussion my 1870s banjo. Restoration complete.
"Thanks for sharing your progress. Looking forward to a demo. Looks great"
Wednesday
Brice Alms posted a discussion

my 1870s banjo. Restoration complete.

The 1870s banjo is finally restored to playing condition. I put a new skin, new tailpiece, new tuning pegs, new bridge, new ebony nut, new strings, new tension hoop, new flesh hoop, and a new ebony 5th string nut. The tailpiece is made by Mark Rolston of Yellowstone Jewelry. ( http://yellowstone-jewelry.com ). The calf skin head by Stewart-MacDonald (https://www.stewmac.com ). It originally had 8 brackets, but by…See More
Wednesday
david caron replied to Clyde W. Carpenter's discussion Want to buy a Minstrel Banjo
"I know this thread is from 2011, but I've been playing a Don Gardner Minstrel banjo for about a year now and I have no complaints. Are there any better instruments out there? Most likely, but its allowed me to explore some older minstrel tunes…"
Tuesday
Erik Lichack is now a member of Minstrel Banjo
Tuesday
Paul Painter commented on Paul Draper's video
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Takes The Cake Walk Around.

"Paul I'm having a banjo built..its 13" inch also...so for me it was sure nice to hear what it might sound like!!!"
Tuesday
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Takes The Cake Walk Around.

"Thanks. Approx. 13""
Monday
Paul Painter liked Paul Draper's video
Monday
Paul Painter liked Paul Draper's video
Monday
Paul Painter commented on Paul Draper's video
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Takes The Cake Walk Around.

"Nice job! And great tone! How big is the shell?"
Monday
Paul Painter liked Paul Draper's video
Monday
Brian Pearse and Callum Fox are now friends
Sunday
david caron liked Paul Draper's video
Dec 8
Tom Taggart liked david caron's video
Dec 8
david caron posted a video

Kit Cat Breakdown

From Turner's 60 Breakdowns, Jigs and Hornpipes by Herbert J. Ellis, ca 1900
Dec 8
Timothy Twiss replied to James Tyler's discussion Minstrel Banjo in early recordings.
"If you study some of the material in the 1886 Analytical, you can identify many of the "licks", or sigatures of expression common to the mentioned tune. "
Dec 7
Byron Thomas replied to James Tyler's discussion Minstrel Banjo in early recordings.
"Just to add a little to the old discussion since it was bumped. Charles Asbury wrote the song and was apparently adept at stroke style (not clawhammer) as stated by the…"
Dec 7
Scott Danneker liked Paul Draper's video
Dec 7

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my 1870s banjo. Restoration complete.

Started by Brice Alms in Uncategorized. Last reply by Brice Alms yesterday. 3 Replies

Want to buy a Minstrel Banjo

Started by Clyde W. Carpenter in Uncategorized. Last reply by david caron on Tuesday. 26 Replies

Minstrel Banjo in early recordings.

Started by James Tyler in Uncategorized. Last reply by Timothy Twiss Dec 7. 11 Replies

Writen music or tab

Started by Paul Painter in Uncategorized. Last reply by Chris Prieto Nov 27. 1 Reply

 
 
 

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