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  • Georgetown, TX
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Bell Boucher for sale--Is Sold

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hugh Strawn Mar 24, 2016. 2 Replies

Just listed my Bell Boucher on Ebay. I finished this Terry Bell kit banjo about a year ago and am now passing it on so I can concentrate on playing my Bell Sweeney tackhead which I recently completed…Continue

Terry Bell Tackhead for sale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hugh Strawn May 26, 2015. 12 Replies

In case anyone might be interested, I just listed my Tackhead on eBay. I bought this banjo to hold me over until I completed my Boucher kit. It is well played but has no issues whatsoever. This banjo…Continue

Interesting thread starting on the BHO

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan'l Sep 8, 2014. 3 Replies

I found this clip from the above thread interesting. Maybe old info for some of you.…Continue

Now for my first "stupid" question.

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Masciale Aug 6, 2014. 13 Replies

New Minstrel picker here--as background, I've been doing clawhammer for 30+ years, and it seems that the primary goal in clawhammer (for many) is to get as far away from the tab as possible (there…Continue

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Hugh Strawn replied to Meade A. Breese's discussion Bell Banjos
"I'm on my 5th or 6th Terry Bell banjo--can't remember which, and am waiting for the next one--a special model, this time all by Terry. I've done mostly build/finish myself and had one really great tack head and have a super gourd…"
Jun 4
Hugh Strawn replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Thimble Musings
"ah yes....noticed that...now to use it."
Feb 14
Hugh Strawn replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Thimble Musings
"Yeah....me too but I tribute some of that to hearing aids. Think (if my wife can stand the increased volume) that I'll continue on trial."
Feb 14
Hugh Strawn replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Thimble Musings
"After a short trial I already see an improvement in my note making consistency--minstrel and clawhammer with wire.  "
Feb 14
Hugh Strawn replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Thimble Musings
"thanx.....I too have the german silver and also copper. The copper isn't as 'bright' sounding as the other two. Now, I'll just have to start using them. Have had 'em for a year or so but.......too lazy to keep at it. They…"
Feb 14
Hugh Strawn replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Thimble Musings
"Anyone tried the aluminum thimble yet? "
Feb 14
Hugh Strawn replied to Strumelia's discussion Site problems
"Haven't seen any slow down or connect problems here in Georgetown TX with Suddenlink as our provider. If there are going to be problems here, Suddenlink will surely have them, but in this case......No Prob. (yet)"
Sep 26, 2016
Hugh Strawn liked anthony Derycke's video
Sep 25, 2016
Jeff Menzies and Hugh Strawn are now friends
Mar 30, 2016
Hugh Strawn replied to Hugh Strawn's discussion Bell Boucher for sale
"yup.  I can and I will.   (smile) Boucher on eBay"
Mar 24, 2016
Strumelia replied to Hugh Strawn's discussion Bell Boucher for sale
"Can you post a link to the ebay page, Hugh?"
Mar 24, 2016
Hugh Strawn posted a discussion

Bell Boucher for sale

Just listed my Bell Boucher on Ebay. I finished this Terry Bell kit banjo about a year ago and am now passing it on so I can concentrate on playing my Bell Sweeney tackhead which I recently completed (and now thinking of asking Terry to build me a tackhead pony kit to work on next). thanx.....hughSee More
Mar 24, 2016
Hugh Strawn replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Merry Christmas Giveaway
"Whoa........Just downloaded the Buckley 1868 book--what a valuable resource. On first perusal there appears to be tunes I'll be able to get right off, and those that will be set aside for me next lifetime. Nice artwork throughout, some…"
Dec 22, 2015
Hugh Strawn replied to Joel Hooks's discussion New Hooks' Electric Banjo Thimbles.
"As a former 1960s Wurlitzer employee---good luck on that. BUT, as of 1996, Gibson Guitar acquired what was left of Wurlitzer (through Baldwin) so maybe they will "price-match"."
Dec 10, 2015
Hugh Strawn replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Weekend Special
"Thanks Tim. I've already got the Grapevine Twist to save it for someone who hasn't already got one."
Nov 29, 2015
Hugh Strawn liked Jeff Menzies's discussion Austin, Texas Gourd & Tackhead Banjo Making Workshop Jan 31st - Feb 6th
Oct 26, 2015
Hugh Strawn replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Early Banjo Primer
"My only suggestion would be to attach a warning label to the book and materials such as -- Caution: This book and its content may be extremely habit forming causing you to ignore many of your previous routines and duties, your present banjo playing…"
Sep 20, 2015
Hugh Strawn replied to Donald Vanhart's discussion Just starting
"TIM TWISS!"
Jun 10, 2015
Hugh Strawn replied to Hugh Strawn's discussion Terry Bell Tackhead for sale
"Glad to hear that! Exactly my first impression. The 2nd surprise was 'it can't be this loud and full sounding'. It is/was! ...ENJOY....hugh"
May 26, 2015
Tom Littleton replied to Hugh Strawn's discussion Terry Bell Tackhead for sale
"Hugh, it arrived today! Appears to be in great shape. Will be giving it a test drive later tonight. I am amazed at how light weight it is. Thanks again for the opportunity!"
May 26, 2015

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
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How long have you played banjo?
30+ years (Just starting Stroke Style)
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Terry Bell Sweeney kit, a Bell made Gourd and a 'few' clawhammer banjos.

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