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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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To what tune could this be sung?

This is an excellently written song from the 1864 Southern Soldier’s Prize Songster, and I believe it bears repeating. There’s even a whole…

Started by Matthew Menice

7 May 14
Reply by Al Smitley

1997 George Wunderlich Banjo For Sale

This beautiful rare banjo is in excellent condition. The banjo is dated 1997 and was commissioned by Clarke Buehling for his own collection…

Started by Jeff Menzies

0 May 13

Zoom a Toon

Want to learn something new? Try one you have been stumped on? Maybe a brand new one? Let's "Zoom a Toon". For ten bucks, I'll send you an…

Started by Timothy Twiss

0 Apr 18


If anyone wants to try something new....a custom arrangement, Hybrid playing, Hammer technique etc, ZOOM sessions are the way to go. Send a…

Started by Timothy Twiss

0 Mar 22

Blackface & Minstrel Shows

I haven't yet seen this but thought I'd pass it along.  It also airs at 4 am on Sunday.

Started by Al Smitley

9 Mar 17
Reply by Rob Mohr


I've just spend considerable time looking for a likeness of William Boucher as well as an advertisement or any other visual regarding his e…

Started by Al Smitley

4 Mar 10
Reply by Al Smitley

Tunes For The Times of Antebellum America

I've created another self-published book of 89 tunes (no songs in this one) with titles reflecting persons, topics, or events in American h…

Started by Al Smitley

9 Feb 25
Reply by Al Smitley

New Banjo

Here is Sagwa, my latest build, all ready to play during my upcoming Historical Notes programs. Some of the features include an inlaid Indi…

Started by Mark Bridge

3 Feb 18
Reply by Michael Cypret

Horsehair or Hemp strings

Has anyone used Horsehair or Hemp for strings? The following link is a gourd banjo with Horsehair strings playing the tune “Old Johnny Boke…

Started by Michael Cypret

2 Feb 14
Reply by Brice Alms

Head case

Any suggestion as to how to repair this?

Started by Al Smitley

4 Feb 13
Reply by Al Smitley



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