Minstrel Banjo

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Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017

Dates are set for September 8-10th for this year at Appomattox Courthouse, Va.  Mark your calenders! Details from David Wooldridge to follo…

Started by Mark Weems

1 Mar 1
Reply by Scott Danneker

need to learn one more thing about my new Boucher

Let me start by saying my new Bell Boucher kit is absolutely beautiful. I do 'have a question though. About the nut. It a great piece of wo…

Started by Ronald Hanes

3 Feb 27
Reply by Chris Prieto

Progress report on my new Bell Boucher

Well I have it finished and strung. It's a thing of beauty. Mr Bell has produced a very fine instrument. I did a set up based on advice giv…

Started by Ronald Hanes

0 Feb 27

Assistance request regarding a Boucher banjo

I have a Bell Boucher arriving this week. It will be my first fretless Is there a picture or diagram that explains how to use the curves on…

Started by Ronald Hanes

8 Feb 23
Reply by Brian Kimerer

Nylgut strings information

I watched a video demo of Terry Bell going through the different tunings on a minstrel banjo. It was playable immediately after he returned…

Started by Ronald Hanes

2 Feb 23
Reply by Chris Prieto

What songs were you taught in Kindergarten/grade school?

Saw a few posts on this subject and I thought it'd be a good discussion thread. What songs were you taught when you were very little- in nu…

Started by Strumelia

11 Feb 21
Reply by Tom Berghan


Mark Weems told me today about the Appomattox gathering in September. I am SOOOO excited! I didn't ask him for more information... I am sav…

Started by Jacalyn Thomas

0 Feb 20

Site format

For the past half-week, I get a list of forums but cannot find a way to list the latest activity unless I go within each separate forum.  H…

Started by Al Smitley

2 Feb 20
Reply by Al Smitley

Parallel between pitch & color

I heard an interesting discussion on NPR the other day.  There was a study that found that we tend to associate lower-pitch notes with dark…

Started by Al Smitley

1 Feb 18
Reply by Timothy Twiss

Thimble Musings

Recently, I have been trying all kinds of new things, especially since I got my Fretted Minstrel. But, to back the truck up a bit, I am rev…

Started by Timothy Twiss

20 Feb 17
Reply by Strumelia


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