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Brice Alms
  • 17, Male
  • Marion, IL
  • United States
  • 2015 and self taught
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my 6 string minstrel bucket banjo project.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brice Alms Apr 10, 2019. 2 Replies

It ain't gonna be long before my new tackhead 6 string wood bucket banjo is done. Give it another week or two and it might get finished, that is, if it I can get the all of the supply's by then. I…Continue

my 1870s banjo. Restoration complete.

Started this discussion. Last reply by david caron Dec 18, 2018. 4 Replies

The 1870s banjo is finally restored to playing condition. I put a new skin, new tailpiece, new tuning pegs, new bridge, new ebony nut, new strings, new tension hoop, new flesh hoop, and a new ebony…Continue

Does the banjo in this early record sound like there playing stroke style

Started this discussion. Last reply by Byron Ed Dec 6, 2018. 8 Replies

I was listening to old banjo related songs on UCBC Cylinder Audio Archive and found this record from between 1890 and 1928. The first song sounds almost like Coon Hunt Walk Around and another some…Continue

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Brice Alms replied to Michael Cypret's discussion Horsehair or Hemp strings
"I made the strings. I think they have a unique sound. Different than nylgut. They have a very plunky tone. The idea came from accounts in the 1600s and 1700s. They probably would sound better if They were thinner."
Feb 14
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6 string Gourd Banjo No. 6. $315 (FOR SALE)

I have started making and selling gourd banjos. This one is a 6 string (extra bass string). Its my first 6 string banjo. I will make more of these in the future. This banjo is $315. I am not taking offers.See More
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Little Egypt Banjo Co. gourd banjo video

My new maker name for banjos made by me. I will be selling some before long. I will soon start making a stock of gourd banjos and other banjos.
Jun 23, 2019
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Alabama Joe and Circus Jig on my new 5 string gourd banjo

"Are you having trouble with the fifth string?? If so, you might run the fifth string under the tuner instead of over the top (this sounds like the toilet paper argument lol). It would bring the string a little closer to the fourth and make the…"
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Brice Alms replied to Brice Alms's discussion my 6 string minstrel bucket banjo project.
"Thank you."
Apr 10, 2019
Byron Thomas replied to Brice Alms's discussion my 6 string minstrel bucket banjo project.
"Banjo D 4th: gGDGBD https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/227039 (This mentions someone that plays with a low g in modern pitch) These are what they would be with 7 strings so I guess just drop it down 5 steps dDGDF#A"
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my 6 string minstrel bucket banjo.

It ain't gonna be long before my new tackhead 6 string wood bucket banjo is done. Give it another week or two and it might get finished, that is, if it I can get the all of the supply's by then. I recently read that there where wooden bucket banjos, grain measure banjos and cheese box banjos made before and during the American Civil War (1861-1865). What was the extra bass string normally tuned to?…See More
Apr 8, 2019

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Terry Bell
How long have you played banjo?
2015 and self taught
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Recording King open back banjo, Oscar Schmidt banjo, Akonting, Bell minstrel banjo, early style gourd banjo, 5 string gourd banjo, 1920s Sears And Roebuck Supertone "Ragtime KIng" Banjo, a 1900-1910 Barnes And Mullins Zither Banjo, Circa 1870s banjo, Lyon And Healy banjo.

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