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AEBG - A thanks

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Jim Jacquet left a comment for George Wunderlich
"Hi George--Posted a thread about a possible 1870s Dobson that has a weird neck. Consensus seems to be that the neck is not original. Someone mentioned your name: Comment by Dave Culgan 4 hours…"
Nov 1, 2013
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Michael Holmes replied to George Wunderlich's discussion Anyone interested?
"did you finish this project?  Love to see pictures. Mike Holmes"
Dec 24, 2012
George Wunderlich replied to Al Smitley's discussion Antietam 2013
"June 22 has been confirmed as of today.  We have set the date and will publish it soon. For any who have already made plans  your plans are safe.  "
Nov 5, 2012
George Wunderlich is now friends with Genford Brewington, Scott House and Will Chappell
Jun 26, 2012
George Wunderlich posted a discussion

AEBG - A thanks

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
Jun 26, 2012
George Wunderlich posted a discussion

Banjo blog

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
Apr 5, 2012
George Wunderlich replied to Will Chappell's discussion Boucher drums
"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…"
Apr 2, 2012

Comment Wall (12 comments)

At 3:58pm on January 22, 2009, Tim Twiss said…
Hey George. just logged on and saw you,
Glad you're aboard.
At 4:34pm on January 22, 2009, Greg Adams said…
It's about time you showed up! ;-)
At 5:15pm on January 22, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Hey George, are we going to have a gathering this year?
At 7:42pm on January 22, 2009, John Masciale said…
Hi George, I'm glad you found your way here.
At 10:46pm on January 22, 2009, Carson Hudson said…
George,
Was wondering where you were...
At 9:13pm on January 23, 2009, razyn said…
Glad to see you have migrated to where the action is, nowadays.
At 11:04pm on January 23, 2009, Dan'l said…
Good to hear your comments over here, we know it's been a busy time for you.

Dan Wykes
At 1:27pm on April 27, 2010, Lucas Bowman said…
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.
At 6:40am on August 5, 2011, Dave Culgan said…

Hi George,

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?

Thanks,

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.

At 6:57am on August 5, 2011, George Wunderlich said…

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.  

 

I hope this helps.  

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