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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Rob Morrison commented on Paul Draper's photo
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Wm Sidney Mount’s Banjo Player

"Paul--regarding the banjo in the painting,an old friend of mine was in an antique store recently and spied a previously undiscovered Boucher banjo with wall-mounted brackets very similar to the one in the portrait.  His plan is to first make an…"
1 hour ago
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's photo
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Wm Sidney Mount’s Banjo Player

"Thanks Dave - yes it was mentioned in the description. The exhibit was quite good - called “Perfect Harmony: the musical art & life of WSM”. some other pieces on display were the Bone Player, Fiddler, Dance of the Haymakers, power of…"
yesterday
D. Wooldridge commented on Mark Weems's event Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence
"THANKS to EVERYBODY who made it out to this event and made it so special.  We can look forward to doing it again next year! If you attended this year, please PM me your mailing address so that I can send out items from the event to…"
Saturday
D. Wooldridge commented on Paul Draper's photo
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"Paul, you probs know this but that bajo playing dude has been identified as  George Freeman- a man "bound out" to Mount’s brother's father-in-law, John Brewster where William Mount visited and convinced Brewster to let…"
Saturday
John Masciale replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"They were selling both fretted and fretless banjos in the 1880s. If your concern is civil war era, every picture I have seen with soldiers and common people were fretless.  There were some banjos that had fret lines cut into the neck, but did…"
Thursday
Michael Cypret replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"Thanks! Strumelia’s advice and yours sounds good. "
Thursday
Rob Mohr replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"From what I've read and understand, the originals did not as they were modeled after the gourd instruments that did not have frets. However, as the banjo evolved, frets were added (borrowed from the guitar). For the era, I'd say…"
Wednesday
Rob Mohr liked Paul Draper's photo
Wednesday
Chris Prieto and Rob Mohr are now friends
Wednesday
Michael Cypret replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"I have a Dogwood fretless and because I’m essentially at a beginner’s level kinda intimidates me. I just put Nylgut strings on it and playing it seems a little easier. I play Bass, guitar and Mandolin so I’ used to having frets. No…"
Wednesday
Chris Prieto liked Paul Draper's photo
Wednesday
Chris Prieto commented on Paul Draper's photo
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Wm Sidney Mount’s Banjo Player

"Nice! I'd love to see any of his paintings in person."
Wednesday
Paul Draper posted a photo

Wm Sidney Mount’s Banjo Player

The Banjo Player, from a special exhibit at the Fenimore Cooper Art Museum, Cooperstown NY
Wednesday
Paul Draper replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Minstrel Banjo for sale
"Someone got a deal!"
Wednesday
Timothy Twiss replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Minstrel Banjo for sale
"Sold."
Sep 17
Michael Cypret replied to Scott Danneker's discussion Real gut strings?
"Thanks much!"
Sep 16
Rob Morrison commented on Rob Morrison's photo
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"Hey Rob.  It was great to meet you too.  It has been a couple of years since I've been able to come to one these things, and I've really missed it.  Some of these people, like David Kirchner, I've known for over 25…"
Sep 16
Chris Prieto posted photos
Sep 16
John Masciale replied to Scott Danneker's discussion Real gut strings?
"I use them on my minstrel era banjos.  There are people who also like them on classic banjos.  The difference in sound is subtle. I far prefer the gut strings.  Although I have done sound studies comparing modern banjos with minstrel…"
Sep 16
Michael Cypret replied to Scott Danneker's discussion Real gut strings?
"I’m thinking about using gut strings. Gamut also makes Lutes. What banjo do you use them on? I’m thinking about using them for a Vintage turn of the last century banjo and to get an authentic sound from a reproduction Minstrel…"
Sep 15

Forum

Fretting over fretless

Started by Steve Stroot in Uncategorized. Last reply by John Masciale on Thursday. 21 Replies

Minstrel Banjo for sale

Started by Timothy Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by Paul Draper on Wednesday. 3 Replies

Real gut strings?

Started by Scott Danneker in Uncategorized. Last reply by Michael Cypret Sep 16. 47 Replies

Early Banjo Resources

Started by Timothy Twiss in Uncategorized Sep 6. 0 Replies

Another year

Started by John Masciale in Uncategorized. Last reply by John Masciale Sep 4. 15 Replies

 
 
 

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