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Dan O;Connor
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  • Wallkill, NY
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Rare Toy Minstrel Banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan'l May 30, 2015. 6 Replies

Just thought I'd Share this my latest "Minstrel Banjo Find"  and wondered if anyone ever heard of or seen one before.  No Info on line that I can find but this Company made many Toy Instruments. I…Continue

How To Distress a Banjo Skin Head

Started this discussion. Last reply by Leonidas (Lee) Jones May 11, 2015. 11 Replies

    I could use some Help... I am in the process of finishing my Bell & Son Boucher Banjo Kit and before I Reassemble it , I want to Color / Distress the Skin Head to look Old.  I have heard of…Continue

Newbie to Minstrey Banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christopher Stetson Mar 20, 2015. 5 Replies

Hello Everyone,   I am an absolute Beginner to the Minstrel Banjo  Scene. Having just been aquainted with  Bell & Son Banjos, from where I am soon getting a Boucher Minstrel Banjo Kit, which I am…Continue

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Douglas Jackson left a comment for Dan O;Connor
"Sorry....I just saw your request.....I haven't been on the site for awhile."
Feb 26, 2016
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Feb 26, 2016
Strumelia replied to Dan O;Connor's discussion Rare Toy Minstrel Banjo
"Possible that some of the things in there didn't come in the box originally."
May 30, 2015
Dan O;Connor replied to Dan O;Connor's discussion Rare Toy Minstrel Banjo
"I have no idea...just Won it on Ebay Last Night, Can't wait to get my hands on it to examine it closely.  Extra Plastic Pegs puzled me too ??? In Case one Broke or fell out & got lost I'd Guess. It looks to me to be a Quality Toy…"
May 30, 2015
Strumelia replied to Dan O;Connor's discussion Rare Toy Minstrel Banjo
"Mid to late 1950s ? Is that a box of rosin? Why the extra set of plastic pegs?"
May 30, 2015
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Rare Toy Minstrel Banjo

Just thought I'd Share this my latest "Minstrel Banjo Find"  and wondered if anyone ever heard of or seen one before.  No Info on line that I can find but this Company made many Toy Instruments. I highly doubt  many survived in this condition. Have No Idea of it's value but I thought I got a Great Find...   I only paid $29 for it.This is the original Listing Description.Vintage Carnival Minstrel Toy Banjo.  All items are in great condition.  Includes: Original box and literature, W.M. Kratt…See More
May 30, 2015
Dan O;Connor and Tom Taggart are now friends
May 17, 2015
Dan O;Connor replied to Tom Taggart's discussion Adjusting Tension on a Banjo Head
"That's Great Tom, Glad you resolved the problem.  as far as the Solution goes,  I have read that many Skin Head Banjos, in particular Tackhead Banjos are prone to this problem and to resolve it players carry several Bridges of…"
May 16, 2015
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"Thanks for this insight Dan'l, I came across the article while searching for some Banjo History. I was not familiar with Bob Flesher at all or with much of the History,  I most certainly found many aspects of the story to be…"
May 14, 2015
Dan O;Connor replied to Tom Taggart's discussion Adjusting Tension on a Banjo Head
"  Tom,   When I was speaking To Terry Bell about assembling my Boucher Banjo Kit I remember him saying that the Placement of the Nut was the Most important thing and that if the strings were not perfectly lined up they would Buzz a…"
May 13, 2015
Dan O;Connor replied to Tom Taggart's discussion Adjusting Tension on a Banjo Head
"That's interesting John... I have heard tell of Banjo Players Hoilding them over a Oil Lamp for the same reason.  Makes sense that Real Skin Head would Expand and Contract more than a Man Made Banjo Head.  Skin naturally does that…"
May 12, 2015
Dan O;Connor replied to Strumelia's discussion 1890 Edison talking doll recordings
"Very Creepy Indeed!   That Definitely reminds me of the Classic Twilight Zone with "Talking Tina" https://youtu.be/hSy8Ko1vSKQ"
May 12, 2015
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May 12, 2015
Leonidas (Lee) Jones replied to Dan O;Connor's discussion How To Distress a Banjo Skin Head
"Remember, war ages men beyond their years. We actually look authentic!"
May 11, 2015
Strumelia replied to Dan O;Connor's discussion How To Distress a Banjo Skin Head
"Yes it is cool.  Older men have more character, experience, and appeal!   :)"
May 11, 2015

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Banjo Hang Out Site
How long have you played banjo?
Beginner. Playing 3 Years, Self Taught
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bell & Son Boucher Banjo, Deering Goodtime

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Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 7:33pm on March 19, 2015, Scott Danneker said…

Is that your Goodtime on your profile photo?  I have one of those too.  Welcome to the group.  You will find many many friendly and helpful people here.

At 9:51pm on March 19, 2015, Leonidas (Lee) Jones said…
Welcome, Dan! You are not that far away from me.
At 7:30pm on March 27, 2015, Mark Bridge said…

Howdy there, thanks for the encouragement on the upcoming "Historical Notes" show.  Man have I put hours into putting it together.

 

At 5:07am on April 22, 2015, Douglas Jackson said…

Thanks...where do you go in the area to hear banjo playing?  I just got inspired by seeing Eric Bibb/Guy Davis at the Towne Crier in Beacon last February.

At 5:11am on April 22, 2015, Douglas Jackson said…

By the way....I'm a lefty too!!

At 5:17am on April 22, 2015, Douglas Jackson said…

Just saw your youtube video....I see you're really right-handed.

At 5:08pm on February 26, 2016, Douglas Jackson said…

Sorry....I just saw your request.....I haven't been on the site for awhile.

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