Minstrel Banjo

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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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
Reply by Chris Prieto


Anyone want to learn something via Skype? Our geographic distance is a hindrance. I want to start doing this. I'll do a few for free as i w…

Started by Timothy Twiss

1 Oct 16, 2019
Reply by Timothy Twiss

Fretting over fretless

I play standard clawhammer banjo but I'm interested in exploring the roots of banjo - ie: minstrel banjo.  But, the thought of a fretless,…

Started by Steve Stroot

21 Sep 19, 2019
Reply by John Masciale

Minstrel Banjo for sale

FOR SALE: Made by Jeff Kangas from Detroit. Maple neck and pot are stained dark with aqua fortis and have been given a hand rubbed oil fini…

Started by Timothy Twiss

3 Sep 17, 2019
Reply by Paul Draper

Real gut strings?

I seek advice for locating a suitable vendor of real gut strings.  Many thanks in advance.

Started by Scott Danneker

47 Sep 16, 2019
Reply by Michael Cypret



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