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Bob Flesher
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
from Tim Twiss
How long have you played banjo?
55 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
original 1850's Fred Mathers minstrel, Original 1863 -5 George Teed minstrel, 1860's Dobson Resonator fretless, 1870's 7-string Trunbridgeware, 1860 Dobson fretless minstrel, 1895 A.A. Farland played by Farland

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At 10:29am on April 7, 2011, Rob Morrison said…


Welcome aboard.  I hold you soley responsible for getting me involved in this whole minstrel banjo mess all those years ago.  There are more opinions here than there are members, so there's never a dull moment.  I'll look forward to your perspective on the many topics dealt with here.

Rob Morrison

At 11:03am on April 7, 2011, Rob Morrison said…


I don't know exactly what a gift is, either, since so far I haven't received any, but I'll try to give you one just to see what happens.  Well, I tried to send you a welcome mat, but a message popped up and said I would have to pay real money to do that.  So, at least for now, just pretend I sent you a welcome mat.  After all, it's the thought that counts, isn't it?  As you may have already figured out, I haven't quite figured this all out myself.


At 11:43am on April 7, 2011, John Masciale said…
Bob,  It is good to see you on board here.  There are many of us who owe you a debt of thanks for enabling us to start learning all of this.
At 12:50pm on April 7, 2011, Trapdoor2 said…
Hi Bob! Welcome to the group, good to see you here. Count me in the group of "got started on the early banjo with onea Bob's books". THANKS!
At 1:02pm on April 7, 2011, John Mikenas said…
Bob, I have one of your Boucher banjos and learned to play from your books. You are a god!
At 3:05pm on April 7, 2011, Bo said…
I bought a green pot Boucher from you and then you fixed another makers banjo for me, I will leave off the makers name.  It has been a couple of years so I can't blame you for forgetting.  Anyway Im glad your aboard as you were a big influence for my turn to Minstrel Banjo.
At 3:10pm on April 7, 2011, John Mikenas said…
Ok, so your not a god -- just a darn good craftsman; that's good enough.  Thanks for your fine work on my banjo and your books/cds -- I enjoy your creations daily!
At 6:36pm on April 7, 2011, John Masciale said…

Bob,  A gift is a Ning idea, where you can "give" somebody a little picture or sentiment.  It is kind of like a greeting card.  Here is a link that explains it. 





At 6:37am on April 8, 2011, rick Ceballos said…
Hi Bob, welcome aboard. Listening to minstrel banjo for several years, I had no clue how it was being done. Your book cleared all that up ..... I'm very thankful!
At 9:17pm on September 19, 2011, Mark Kinan said…

Hi Bob, I recently bought a Sweeney banjo you made in the 90s for Carson Hudson Jr.  I've had it for just a couple weeks, but I'm absolutely in love with it.  Thank you so much!  And thanks to Carson for selling it to me!



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