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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


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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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…


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…


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!



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