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

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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. 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

Early Gourd And Minstrel Banjo Facebook Group Page!!!

Started Jun 7 0 Replies

A while back I made a group page on facebook for all gourd and minstrel banjoists. everyone is welcome. …Continue

Are there Videos or photos of early banjos in the 20 century?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto May 8. 1 Reply

Does anyone know if there were anybody playing early and mid 19th century banjo in the early or mid 20th century, I've been looking for photos, videos, or audio and can't find anything. I've seen…Continue

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Old Johnny Boker on horse hair strung gourd banjo.

"I don't check in to the forum as often as I used to, but this kind of thing is why I still do! Great project. I also enjoyed Stumelia's video of string making for the Scandinavian instrument."
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Banjo collections

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 antique banjo soon, I suspect was made somewhere between 1868 and 1879.See More
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Old Johnny Boker on horse hair strung gourd banjo.

"Thank you for the advice. Thankfully I have a ton of hair left to use."
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Old Johnny Boker on horse hair strung gourd banjo.

"Very nice Brice! Those horsehair strings on your gourd sound great. With horsehair strings, one would need to bring a backup instrument to a gig... if you break a string it's a bit of a project to twist and put in place a new one. You'll…"
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Pompey Ran Away on early gourd banjo with horse hair strings

"Yep, I can't see any other instructional video online for making such twisted horsehair strings. He made tat video 7 years ago when he was finishing up making my jouhikko. As we speak, Michael King is making me a, Icelandic bowed langspil, I…"
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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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