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Brice Alms
  • 15, Male
  • Marion, IL
  • United States
  • 2015 and self taught
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What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Kimerer Apr 14. 10 Replies

I am going to be making and authentic replica of a 19th century banjo and I have been looking for the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes.Continue

Kentucky juba in tab?

Started Mar 22 0 Replies

Does anyone know if there's tablature for Kentucky Juba (Frank B Converse : The Banjo And How To Play It(1872)).Continue

Original Bones?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strumelia Apr 3. 6 Replies

I have been thinking, since there are original banjos, violins, and tambourines, where are the original bones. does anyone know if there are bones from the minstrel era that exist today.Continue

Banjo sightings database not available.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Draper Feb 12. 5 Replies

What happened to the banjo sightings database, It says that it's currently unavailable.Continue

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Cane Brake Jig (with a twist)

"I made a mistake, I thought that it was grape vine twist, I just now corrected the name and book, sorry for the mistakes in the video."
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Grape Vine Twist (with a twist)

Mostly from the Phil Rice Banjo Instructor (1858).
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Rumsey's Jig (1865)

By Frank. B Converse, and from the Converse yellow book (1865).
Apr 17
Brian Kimerer replied to Brice Alms's discussion What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.
"Maybe it is the rosewood then. I just took another look at the pegs, and they definitely are not ebony. Nice looking pegs. I have not tried to put compound on the pegs. Too many other fish to fry. I should do that. I could also try to shave them…"
Apr 14
Brice Alms replied to Brice Alms's discussion What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.
"I have a Bell Boucher banjo and it has ebony tuning pegs and they turn very smoothly and stay tuned, but To me they don't look too much like traditional banjo tuners, but other than that, he also makes some very nice Banjos."
Apr 14
Chris Prieto replied to Brice Alms's discussion What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.
"You try and dust em with graphite?"
Apr 14
Brian Kimerer replied to Brice Alms's discussion What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.
"I have a Flesher Boucher minstrel that I built from a kit. It has beautiful rosewood violin tuners for pegs. I dread tuning the instrument because the pegs stick and slip and chatter in the holes. I have had to pound them out of the holes with the…"
Apr 14
Chris Prieto replied to Brice Alms's discussion What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.
"That's what I used to make mine! Thanks for posting :)"
Apr 13
Brian Kimerer replied to Brice Alms's discussion What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.
"I make my pegs out of walnut. They work better than the ebony violin pegs because they aren't as sticky. I think the softer wood compresses more than the ebony and therefore has a better fit... so I don't have to jam them in quite so hard.…"
Apr 13
John Masciale replied to Brice Alms's discussion What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.
"I've carved some for my gourd banjo out of walnut. I used a modern reamer, but made my own shaver out of a block of maple."
Apr 13
Chris Prieto replied to Brice Alms's discussion What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.
"I've carved up a few by hand and they came out nice. I still used shaver and reamer to get peg and hole to fit. You can also purchase nicer violin pegs that are similar to one in photo above."
Apr 12
Brice Alms replied to Brice Alms's discussion What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.
"I Thought about buying the 4/4 size violin tuners and reamer but as I was looking on the banjo database, I found out the early banjo tuners look a lot different than the modern ebony tuning pegs."
Apr 12

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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. I will be making some gourd banjos and a my own minstrel banjo.

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