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Brice Alms
  • 16, Male
  • Marion, IL
  • United States
  • 2015 and self taught
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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

Banjo collections

Started Nov 13, 2018 0 Replies

This is all of mine right now. 1 unfinished Akonting, 1 early style gourd banjo, 2 modern banjos, 1 minstrel banjo made by Terry Bell, and 2 Early 20th century antique banjos. I am getting another…Continue

Horse hair strings on early gourd banjos

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Masciale Oct 31, 2018. 6 Replies

Believe it or not. There are supposedly accounts from the 1700s of gourd banza, bonza, strum strums, banjos, whatever you want to call them having wound Horse hair strings. Has anybody tried this. I…Continue

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david caron replied to Brice Alms's discussion my 1870s banjo. Restoration complete.
"Just a thought, it be kind of cool if you could, one day, set up a sort of banjo restoration tutorial. "
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Bee Gum Reel and My Love Is But A Lassie on an 1870s banjo!!!

"Brice you just get better all the time. Thumbs up! Love the low slide you put in here. Watch out for inadvertently speeding up- you can get into trouble and careen off the rails. Some people retrain themselves to keep even tempo by using a metronome…"
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Bee Gum Reel and My Love Is But A Lassie on an 1870s banjo!!!

"I really enjoyed your playing. Thanks for posting."
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"Oh Absolutely."
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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?
2 open back banjo, bell Boucher minstrel banjo, and a Supertone "Ragtime King" 1920s banjo. I will be making some gourd banjos and a my own minstrel banjo.

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