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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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Time to help pay for this site

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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I nominate Mr. Chris Prieto to choose this week’s TOTW

Started by Paul Draper

4 yesterday
Reply by Rob Mohr

Tune of the Week Nov. 4th

I nominate Paul Draper to pick one for this week

Started by Timothy Twiss

13 on Sunday
Reply by Paul Draper

Batchelder's Minstrels of Boston?

Has anyone run across any mention of Batchelder's Minstrels of Boston? This group was mentioned in an obituary in The Boston Weekly Globe,…

Started by OK-4

0 on Saturday

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

16 on Saturday
Reply by Michael Cypret

Switching between scale lengths

I just realized that my Bell has a 27'' scale length and the Hartel I ordered has a 26'' scale length.  Who here has experience switching b…

Started by John Cohen

3 Nov 5
Reply by Rob Mohr

Free tablature/notation of important early African-American banjo music

Hello everyone, It's been awhile.  The various early banjo events are so appealing, but they're all back East.  I'd love to go but... (1) m…

Started by Paul Ely Smith

1 Nov 5
Reply by Chris Prieto

Tune of the Week Oct 28th

Say, let's jump into the Analytical for one of Converse's originals "The Modoc Reel". Hear the DNA of past Stroke pieces. I'll put up a few…

Started by Timothy Twiss

13 Nov 2
Reply by Timothy Twiss

Help picking Nylgut Strings

Hi folks, I am currently building my first banjo, a minstrel banjo of course! I think it's coming along nicely, and thanks to Terry Bell fo…

Started by Jason Stamper

5 Oct 29
Reply by Timothy Twiss

The early banjo in North Alabama...

I've been thinking about this line of investigation for years...but haven't had a chance to hit the local library until now (since I'm offi…

Started by Trapdoor2

4 Oct 29
Reply by Trapdoor2

Tune of the Week

It sure is quiet here. Does anybody want to do something like a Tune Of The Week again?

Started by Timothy Twiss

52 Oct 24
Reply by Chris Prieto



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