Minstrel Banjo

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Hi everyone.  I have just added a Donate tab to the site.  I just paid for the site for another year ($240).  I would appreciate it if peop…

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I have paid $240 for this site for another year .  The payment widget I used to use is no longer available, so the procedure is a little di…

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Antietam Early Banjo Gathering-VII (June 20-22, 2014)

2014 Antietam Early Banjo Gathering (AEBG-VII) At the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s Pry House Field Hospital Museum On Antietam N…

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Elegant Plunk

So (toot toot) I recorded a new CD. It is called "Elegant Plunk" and contains 16 original compositions written in the style of the mid 19th…

Started by Timothy Twiss

9 on Sunday
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new book on last survivor of a slave ship

This is a book just coming out now, after being rejected by publishers in the 1930s.   Written by an African American woman anthropologist…

Started by Strumelia

0 May 11

Are there Videos or photos of early banjos in the 20 century?

Does anyone know if there were anybody playing early and mid 19th century banjo in the early or mid 20th century, I've been looking for pho…

Started by Brice Alms

1 May 8
Reply by Chris Prieto

Double C

I keep hearing about the "almighty" double C tuning. What exactly is the attraction? I can play in C, granted without the low bass C, in st…

Started by Rob Mohr

13 Apr 30
Reply by John Masciale

Miss Fanny B and her Chowder

I'm learning the song 'Oh, Ladies All!' and every time I sing about her inviting him in to take a chowder I picture folks hanging out in a…

Started by Chris Prieto

3 Apr 26
Reply by Paul Draper

7-string neck widths

If there are members here who own 7-string banjos I'm interested to poll on the range of neck widths, measured both at the rim end of the f…

Started by Mike Bostock

2 Apr 24
Reply by Mike Bostock

NPR interview with Rhiannon Giddens 2018

Good stuff... https://www.npr.org/2018/04/22/604356508/how-rhiannon-giddens-reconstructs-black-pain-with-the-banjo

Started by Strumelia

1 Apr 23
Reply by Timothy Twiss

Chord chart for Minstrel banjo tuning

Anyone have a chord chart for Minstrel banjo tuning. I haven't seen one. Thanks!

Started by Richard Katz

7 Apr 21
Reply by Rob Kunkel

What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.

I am going to be making and authentic replica of a 19th century banjo and I have been looking for the common size and tapering of the tunin…

Started by Brice Alms

10 Apr 14
Reply by Brian Kimerer

Who here plays concertina?

If you play concertina, then I have some questions for you.  I do not play, but I am considering getting one.  There are numerous configura…

Started by Tom Berghan

15 Apr 7
Reply by Jim Robertson


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