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Brian Glass
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  • Danvers, MA
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Any Ashborn experts out there?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Glass Jun 30, 2014. 3 Replies

Reaching out to any Ashborn banjo experts. I am getting ready to make the wooden tesioning ring for my Ashborn replica and am unclear about how it should be attached to be acurate. The way I see it ,…Continue

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Home of Ashborn Banjos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Guy Wolff Feb 10, 2013. 8 Replies

Well I have been patiently biding my time pulling together loads of information on Ashborn banjos and realize that I live two hours away from Wolcottville Ct (Torrington) the home of The James…Continue

Looking for any banjo builders on the sight.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Glass Nov 7, 2012. 6 Replies

It's been awhile since I've had time to visit the Minstrel Ning and things look like they have been busy! I am hoping that those of you who are building your own banjos will join in a conversation…Continue

New England gathering this Saturday

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Dalton Aug 10, 2012. 7 Replies

Folks, just checking in with any of you that might be thinking about joining us this Saturday. If you could, would you let me know if you are considering coming so I can get a tentative head count?…Continue

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Jim Dalton
How long have you played banjo?
5 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Jas. Morrison, Sweeney repro.

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The first time you string up a new banjo

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 9:13pm 0 Comments

As a banjo builder, I can't help but feel like an expectant parent when I am getting close to finishing a new banjo. All that excitement springs to the surface as I get that new set of strings out and start tying the knots to hold them on the shiny new tailpiece. Then, as I tighten them up for the first time, nerves on edge , POP! One of the knots lets go and I carefully tie it back on with an extra twist to make sure it stays. Now I am feeling a bit jumpy. I cringe as I tighten those last few… Continue

Building my banjo

Posted on December 5, 2011 at 8:43pm 17 Comments

Great news! I am but a few weeks from finishing my Sweeney replica banjo! This is my first attempt at a Minstrel Banjo build and it is going great so far. I have some locally harvested Black Walnut that I am using and love the look.  Still trying to figure out how to join the ends of my tension hoop. Hardware has been ordered from Pickard Banjos. A few more hand rubbed coats of finish on the pot and I will be ready for the head to be installed. I am convinced that I am forgetting something…


Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 6:01pm on September 4, 2009, John Masciale said…
Welcome to the forum!
At 8:35pm on November 25, 2011, Mark Weems said…

thanks, Brian. yes, see you down the road for sure!

At 5:15pm on August 12, 2012, John Reddick said…

Brian - I meant to give you my email address when I was there yesterday:


It was great to meet you (and your wife) and spend time talking, playing and looking at your banjo building projects.  I went home and ordered some music books and CDs.  Hopefully we can do the gathering again with more folks next time.  And hopefully my finger will heal by then.

At 5:48am on March 14, 2014, Jonathan Cook said…

Thanks Brian, I'll look him up.

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