I want to thank all of you for coming and for your generous comments on the event. I also want to thank our presenters...outstanding work all! Thanks go out to the team, Susan, Tom and Kyle who did so much preparation, logistical back ground work and CLEANUP! And Greg...I cannot thank you enough for your support and hard work!. You all came together into a perfect event!. I look forward to next year! See More
I have started a banjo blog at http://meandmybanjo.blogspot.com/?view=magazineIt is a simple piece but some here might find it helpful. It is going to be the repository for my personal banjo history, insights, research and other banjo related stuff. My first posts will outline my history as a maker and my connections with others in the banjo world. I hope you enjoy. If there is anything you would like me to cover, please post a…See More
"It was Soistmann that made at least some of Boucher's shells as one or two of his extant instruments contain Soistmann marks on the inside.
AS far as making a drum, buying a shell and assembling parts still requires much fitting and…"
You may remember Kyle from last year. He was working at Pry part time. He is now the director of program and interpretation at Pry full time. Tom was also at Pry before and has been promoted to superintendent. As Susan prepares to take over our newest location in Washington DC, these tow are learning the AEBG from the bottom up so that next year they can take over the planning and execution. By this time next year Susan will be tearing her hair out getting exhibits ready for installation in…See More
Looking good in the History channel's "How the States Got Their Shape" program. I bet if there had been bullets, youd have won ;D I heard you were to appear in a program, but was unaware which one. I was pleasantly surprised, much to the chagrin of the other viewers, to see a recognizable face.
Not sure if you will see this here so please excuse the double note if I send it to the museum also. Anyway I broke a tuning peg on "the last banjo from St. Louis" down in Manassas. It looked like a standard violin peg but the one I got from Elderly Instruments was close but not exact (diameter too big). Do you recall where you were getting them back then? Is it a 1/2 size violin peg maybe?
Dave Culgan, Camptown Shakers
PS glad you had slotted the pegs instead of drilled. I was able to play the gigs tuning with a pocket knife in the slot on top, the peg broke off flush with the bottom of the peg head.
If it just a matter of diameter then that is due to the fitting process, not the peg.
When a peg is fitted, it is shaved down in what looks like a big pencil sharpener. This is done since most pegs are slightly out of round and hive high and low spots. After the hole is drilled in the peg head, a reamer is placed in the hole and the hole takes the exact taper of the peg-shaper. Because of this, no two pegs are exactly the same diameter since both the hold and the final peg shape are individually done. In order to re fit a peg, it much go through the same process. If the button on the peg is the same size as the original, then it is likely that the peg simply needs to be shaped. Any show that does violin work can do this in about a minute at little or no charge.