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Jim Jacquet
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  • Olympia, WA
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Actual Minstrel Banjos for sale?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto Nov 10. 5 Replies

I've seen several modern minstrel banjos for sale here recently, which makes me wonder are there ever any mid 19th century minstrel banjos for sale?Continue

Learning stroke style at American Banjo Camp

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Jacquet Apr 12. 2 Replies

Was wondering how many people on the west coast would be interested in learning minstrel 'stroke style' banjo at American Banjo Camp? I have been in contact with Ken Perlman about getting Greg Adams…Continue

Brass pot banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Jacquet Jun 12, 2016. 4 Replies

Hello--I recently acquired an antique banjo with a smooth brass pot--no holes, no shoes, no brackets or hooks. Have been assuming it may have originally had an internal tension system, but several…Continue

AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF THE BANJO

Started Feb 23, 2014 0 Replies

I hope its OK to mention this here...I just wrote and published an eBook called AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF THE BANJOby Jim Jacquet. Its on Amazon.If you buy a copy, please consider doing a review.…Continue

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Chris Prieto replied to Jim Jacquet's discussion Actual Minstrel Banjos for sale?
"Per his FB account last Wednesday he posted he's got a clean a bill of health and that he should be getting the banjos rollin out soon."
Nov 10
Rob Mohr replied to Jim Jacquet's discussion Actual Minstrel Banjos for sale?
"Has anyone heard from Terry Bell in a while? I've emailed 3 times over the past few weeks, but no response, which is very unlike him."
Nov 10
Tom Berghan replied to Jim Jacquet's discussion Actual Minstrel Banjos for sale?
"On this site, I’d say modern replica instruments dominate."
Nov 6
Jim Jacquet replied to Jim Jacquet's discussion Actual Minstrel Banjos for sale?
"Thanks for your quick reply. I have bought from Bernunzio. Haven't seen much on Reverb--maybe I need to go there more often. I have had luck on some of the online auction sites. I was just wondering if the folks here on MinstrelBanjo ever buy…"
Nov 6
Tom Berghan replied to Jim Jacquet's discussion Actual Minstrel Banjos for sale?
"Bernuzio Uptown Music often has 19th century banjos for sale: https://bernunzio.com/category/instruments/banjos/fretless/ Also you can sometimes find 19th century banjos on “Reverb.” WWW.Reverb.com I own a really nice banjo from 1870…"
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Circa 1860s restored banjo

Posted on December 1, 2015 at 10:33pm 6 Comments

Just got this restored banjo on ebay. Wyatt Fawley, in Pennsylania, restored it. We both believe it to be from the 1860s, based on the hand made hooks and nuts, and the way they are attached to the wooden pot. Wyatt had to steam the wooden pot back into round, and one of the hooks/nuts is a replacement. Original black paint is still on rimstick. Pot is hand sawed maple and neck is tight grwined walnut.

I haven't gotten this in the mail yet, but was wondering what the consensus is as to the… Continue

homemade gourd banjo

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 5:19pm 0 Comments

Hi. Just built, with the generous help of a luthier friend, a gourd banjo similar to the one in the 1790 painting The Old…

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Possible 1870s HC Dobson?

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 7:56pm 28 Comments

Just got this old banjo on eBay. It was listed as homemade or folk art, which is why there were no serious bidders.

I think it is an 1870s  H.C. Dobson, before he went to the more conventional design in the 1880s.

Any thoughts, pro or con about that I.D.? Haven't taken it apart yet, so don't know if it says  Dobson inside the pot.

Jim Jacquet

​Olympia, WA…

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old minstrel banjo

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 9:42pm 8 Comments

With the generous help of Eric Prust, in Sequim, WA, and a beautiful tailpiece from Joel Hooks, the old minstrel banjo is playable! Wonderful, deep sound! Playing it with nylgut strings tuned down low.

Thanks to everyone for their positive feedback!

Jim…

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