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proposal to tax banjos, 1844

Started Dec 16, 2015 0 Replies

I found this to be somewhat interesting, given the early date:…Continue

possible Boucher banjo in Lexington, VA

Started this discussion. Last reply by EggerRidgeBoy May 30, 2015. 1 Reply

I thought this discussion on BanjoHangout - about the discovery and possible sale of what could be an original Boucher banjo -  might be of interest to some here.…Continue

1840s Boucher neck with gourd body

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen Dec 10, 2014. 7 Replies

 I came across this banjo today in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art:…Continue

Double Touching - 1857

Started this discussion. Last reply by EggerRidgeBoy Sep 7, 2013. 3 Replies

Here is a link to a BanjoHangout question - regarding the use of the term "double touching" in an 1857 letter to refer to a banjo technique - that I thought some here might know something about:…Continue

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Wes Merchant liked EggerRidgeBoy's discussion proposal to tax banjos, 1844
Dec 18, 2015
EggerRidgeBoy posted a discussion

proposal to tax banjos, 1844

I found this to be somewhat interesting, given the early date:http://www.hangoutstorage.com/banjohangout.org/storage/attachments/ohio-legislature-51121915122015.pdfIt's a brief mention in the February 7, 1844 edition of the Elyria, Ohio, Lorain Republican of an equally brief attempt by a member of the Ohio legislature to levy a tax on banjos and harmonicas in…See More
Dec 16, 2015
Tim Twiss replied to EggerRidgeBoy's discussion The Librarian and the Banjo
"Thanks for that tip. I watched it yesterday. "
Nov 27, 2015
razyn replied to EggerRidgeBoy's discussion The Librarian and the Banjo
"About ten days ago Jim Carrier posted his movie to YouTube -- I watched it yesterday.  Very satisfying to see so many of the AEBG folks (and a few people I know from elsewhere) on the sensible side of this topic.  I never knew Dena Epstein…"
Nov 25, 2015
EggerRidgeBoy replied to Scott Danneker's discussion Clifftop?
"Lots of first-timer info in this current BHO thread: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/304276"
Jul 15, 2015
EggerRidgeBoy replied to EggerRidgeBoy's discussion possible Boucher banjo in Lexington, VA
"Actually, I guess the banjo was in Lexington a couple of decades ago, and since then has been in North Carolina and is now in New Jersey. Not that that matters too much - I just didn't know how to edit my original post title."
May 30, 2015
EggerRidgeBoy posted a discussion

possible Boucher banjo in Lexington, VA

I thought this discussion on BanjoHangout - about the discovery and possible sale of what could be an original Boucher banjo -  might be of interest to some here.http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/304410See More
May 30, 2015
John Cohen replied to EggerRidgeBoy's discussion 1840s Boucher neck with gourd body
"Where is the evidence of this?"
Dec 10, 2014
Mark Weems replied to EggerRidgeBoy's discussion 1840s Boucher neck with gourd body
"2) The million dollar question!!"
Dec 8, 2014
Strumelia replied to EggerRidgeBoy's discussion 1840s Boucher neck with gourd body
"I'm interested in: 1) what the definition of a 'minstrel neck' is, and then also in  2) knowing what kind of neck would be expected on a gourd IF the gourd was indeed from the 1840-45 period. Thanks!"
Dec 7, 2014
EggerRidgeBoy replied to EggerRidgeBoy's discussion 1840s Boucher neck with gourd body
"Ah, that explains it - thanks for the replies. I had never seen nor read about a minstrel neck on a gourd body, which is why this banjo caught my attention.  It seemed contrary to everything I knew about banjos of that period.  Nor was I…"
Dec 7, 2014
John Cohen replied to EggerRidgeBoy's discussion 1840s Boucher neck with gourd body
"I've heard from a number of sources that the gourd on this banjo is contemporary. The Met has their facts wrong, as they do with some of their other banjos. You can read a little commentary about this banjo in the current issue of the 5…"
Dec 7, 2014
Mark Weems replied to EggerRidgeBoy's discussion 1840s Boucher neck with gourd body
"The earliest Boucher banjo that I am aware of was from 1845, so I would highly question an 1840 date. Often one sees "circa" on a date because there is no way of knowing. A common problem is that museums often don't consult the banjo…"
Dec 3, 2014
EggerRidgeBoy posted a discussion

1840s Boucher neck with gourd body

 I came across this banjo today in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art:http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/501214It is a Boucher neck attached to a gourd body.  I assume that somebody in the antebellum era attached a new Boucher neck to an old gourd body (as does the Met: "While gourd bodies were older than wood or metal bodies, this gourd may have been attached to the…See More
Dec 3, 2014
EggerRidgeBoy replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"Just a correction to my above post - I of course meant mid-17th Century in the first paragraph, not 16th."
Jun 16, 2014
EggerRidgeBoy replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"I don't know that there is enough solid evidence to determine exactly when the early banjo - the marriage of certain west African plucked lutes with European features such as flat fingerboards and tuning pegs - came into existence.  Most…"
Jun 16, 2014

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