Minstrel Banjo

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"Yes, there are accounts of horse hair strings being used.  There are also accounts o…"

John Masciale replied Oct 31 to Horse hair strings on early gourd banjos

6 Oct 31
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"It is the cool wet nights (45 degrees or below) that tend to kill my banjo.  I prefe…"

John Masciale replied Jul 26 to How does one keep their instrument in shape during the humid months?!?

17 Jul 26
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"I have recently bought 2, one from Al-Paca House in Peru, and one from Lark in the m…"

John Masciale replied Jul 2 to Where to get a jawbone?

2 Jul 2
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"I use the third finger as well.  In part it was because of Mike Seeger's instruction…"

John Masciale replied Jun 7 to Left hand finger position

12 Jun 7
Reply by Davide Scozzi

"Elaine had downloaded it a while ago.  Here is a link to our copy:   https://www.dro…"

John Masciale replied Jun 1 to Bonnie Jean

3 Jun 1
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"It was quite common that the melodies and lyrics sung in America were different than…"

John Masciale replied Jun 1 to Bonnie Jean

3 Jun 1
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"I suspect that the reason many of the Briggs tunes don't use the bass string is that…"

John Masciale replied Apr 30 to Double C

13 Apr 30
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"I've carved some for my gourd banjo out of walnut. I used a modern reamer, but made…"

John Masciale replied Apr 13 to What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.

10 Apr 14
Reply by Brian Kimerer

"I do play concertina at times.  Mine is a 20 button anglo in C and G.  I have a frie…"

John Masciale replied Mar 19 to Who here plays concertina?

15 Apr 7
Reply by Jim Robertson

"I would say that the number is somewhere in the hundreds.  It would be hard to pinpo…"

John Masciale replied Feb 16 to How many minstrel banjoists out there?

4 Feb 19
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