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what year were steal strings introduced on the banjo?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Salicco Apr 9, 2014. 47 Replies

I am somewhat confused about when the steal string banjo came out since groups like the 2nd South Carolina String Band can be heard playing songs in which it sounds like they are using a steal string…Continue

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deering, but just purchased a bell minstrel style


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At 11:32pm on May 16, 2017, Tom Berghan said…
At 4:12pm on September 13, 2017, Paul Draper said…
Hi Curtis - the Seward house is in Auburn. I'm in Albany.
At 7:30pm on September 13, 2017, CURTIS PAYNE said…

well at least I got the A correct.   No wonder you didn't know anything about it. 

At 9:21am on September 19, 2017, D. Wooldridge said…

Yeah Curtis, If you could please send 'em to:


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