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
"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…"
"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."
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
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
"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…"