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Jim Jacquet
  • Olympia, WA
  • United States
  • 20+ years
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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

'eagle bracket' banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by skip sail Jan 6, 2015. 40 Replies

Hi--I posted this over on the collectors forum at Banjo Hangout, and wanted to post here as well--any help is appreciated!I  just won an ebay auction for an old 19th century banjo with eagle brackets…Continue

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Jim Jacquet replied to Jim Jacquet's discussion Learning stroke style at American Banjo Camp
"+I will pass your response along to Ken Perlman! Thanks!"
Apr 12
Patrick Haas replied to Jim Jacquet's discussion Learning stroke style at American Banjo Camp
"I would be interested in this addition to the Banjo camp in the west. Even though I have wanted to travel to Minstrel Banjo events in the east, work and finances have prevented that. It would be a great opportunity to learn from Greg Adams and play…"
Apr 12
Jim Jacquet posted a discussion

Learning stroke style at American Banjo Camp

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 to teach a Minstrel track at American Banjo Camp, here in Washington state. Greg has taught this at other banjo camps. Ken needs to know if there would be an interest in this.
Apr 12
Charles Edward Lee liked Jim Jacquet's blog post Circa 1860s restored banjo
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Jim Jacquet replied to Jim Jacquet's discussion Brass pot banjo
"Thanks for the wonderful photo, Bob! The looks like a top-tensioning system, somewhat like the H.C. Dobson 1867 patent, although Dobson supported the whole thing inside a large wooden resonator. Not sure if this is how an internal tension system…"
Jun 12, 2016
Bob Sayers replied to Jim Jacquet's discussion Brass pot banjo
"Here's a carte de visite photo from my collection of a man in Ionia, Michigan playing a bracket-less banjo, with what also looks to be an internal tensioning system.  Anyone know anything about the maker?  (I've cross-posted this…"
Jun 12, 2016
Jim Jacquet replied to Jim Jacquet's discussion Brass pot banjo
"Hmmm...have to admit that possibility never occurred to me. It is as good a theory as any, but I tend to assume these old banjos have all been used at some point.  Thanks for answering! Jim"
Jun 11, 2016
Strumelia replied to Jim Jacquet's discussion Brass pot banjo
"I don't see any indications of it ever having been finished and used.  Perhaps someone just never finished it and never drilled bracket holes?  That would be my guess considering there are no telltale signs of it ever having been…"
Jun 11, 2016
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Brass pot banjo

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 people think it could have had tension rings at the bottom and top, and been held together like a drum.Have any of you fine folks seen similar banjos? Anyone have any photos that might help ID this?I appreciate your help!Jim JacquetSee More
Jun 11, 2016
Jim Jacquet commented on Jim Jacquet's video
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Buffalo Gals

"Dave--love the old Stewarts! Have several of those, plus an Acme, by Stewart. Never met a Stewart banjo I didn't like!"
Dec 9, 2015
Dave Vinci commented on Jim Jacquet's video
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"Nice sounding banjo!  There is something really special about finding an old banjo and restoring it to playable condition so it can sing again.  I was fortunate to find an 1888 Stuart that I was able to do just that. Have fun with yours."
Dec 9, 2015
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Chris Prieto commented on Jim Jacquet's video
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"man that is cool, pretty awesome to bring back to life and give it a second chance :)"
Dec 4, 2015
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Jim Jacquet commented on Jim Jacquet's video
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"Isn't that a sweet sounding banjo? Seems to echo almost. Was originally found in an estate sale in New York State, so speculating it was made by a New York maker."
Dec 3, 2015
Tom Taggart commented on Jim Jacquet's video
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"That has a really nice sound to it.  Thanks for posting the video so we could hear it."
Dec 3, 2015

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
googled it
How long have you played banjo?
20+ years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
c 1920 Vega Senator, 1894 Stewart Champion, several no-names and modern mt banjos, and the so-far unidentified 'eagle bracket' minstrel banjo (may be a Buckbee.

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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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