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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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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Banjo collections

This is all of mine right now. 1 unfinished Akonting, 1 early style gourd banjo, 2 modern banjos, 1 minstrel banjo made by Terry Bell, and…

Started by Brice Alms

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Dan Backslide's Jig (Novembeat 2018)

As a couple of you may have seen on facebook/instagram, I'm currently attempting the "Novembeat" challenge; similar to Inktober, the goal i…

Started by Andy Chase

0 on Friday

Dave Kirchner's Original Giant Early Tambourine (20 inches)

Started by Mark Weems

4 on Thursday
Reply by Richard Graham


Ahoy Comrades, Has anyone in the gang ever built a tambourine? My nephew is a hot percussionist with a taste for the bizarre, and he's goi…

Started by Ian Bell

6 Nov 6
Reply by Ian Bell

Giant (and old!) Tambourine

I'm not sure if this is minstrel-era or not, but the price was right and it's now a part of my collection.  It's a whopping 17'' in diamete…

Started by John Cohen

23 Nov 6
Reply by Strumelia

Awesome Banjo, bones, minstrels image

We'll see if it shows up OK.  A very cool image!  

Started by Matthew Mickletz

10 Nov 6
Reply by Richard Graham

Look to the Tambourine

I've spent the last couple of months downloading antebellum newspaper advertisements for sellers of banjos during the period stretching fro…

Started by Bob Sayers

7 Nov 6
Reply by Richard Graham

Kerr's Negro Jig?

Is this one a Carolina Chocolate Drops original? If not, can somebody enlighten me on its origins?

Started by david caron

2 Nov 6
Reply by david caron


I've devised a half dozen possible pronunciations for "Boucher". (Boo-cher,  Boo-shay, Bow-cher, Bow-shay, Boo-share, Bow-share).  Can some…

Started by Steve Stroot

3 Nov 5
Reply by david caron

Horse hair strings on early gourd banjos

Believe it or not. There are supposedly accounts from the 1700s of gourd banza, bonza, strum strums, banjos, whatever you want to call them…

Started by Brice Alms

6 Oct 31
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