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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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Circus Jig

Briggs 1855 banjo instructor. Played on an Circa 1870s banjo.
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Alabama Joe and Circus Jig on my new 5 string gourd banjo

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Alabama Joe and Circus Jig on my new 5 string gourd banjo

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Alabama Joe and Circus Jig on my new 5 string gourd banjo

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Alabama Joe and Circus Jig on my new 5 string gourd banjo

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Alabama Joe and Circus Jig on my new 5 string gourd banjo

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Alabama Joe and Circus Jig on my new 5 string gourd banjo

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Alabama Joe and Circus Jig on my new 5 string gourd banjo

This gourd banjo has 5 strings, pine neck, ebony tuning pegs, goat skin head, brass tacks, ebony tailpiece, poplar bridge, and a bolted on dowel. Mostly hand...
Feb 22
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Briggs Breakdown/Circus Jig (1855).

Played on a circa 1870s banjo.
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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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