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Jim Robertson
  • Amherst, VA
  • United States
  • Since 1968. 49 years.
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Bell Boucher action question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Robertson Aug 1. 4 Replies

Hello folks,I hope everyone is doing well.  I have a Bell Boucher banjo and was wondering about the typical string height. It seems pretty high, but that doesn’t matter as much with nylon or gut…Continue

Minstrel Boy Banjo Works

Started Apr 19, 2017 0 Replies

Hi gang,Is anyone familiar with Minstrel Boy Banjo Works, Phoenix, Arizona?  The builder is named R. England. I have a banjo made by him that is pretty nice.  It has a thoroughly grandiose walnut…Continue

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Jim Robertson replied to Jim Robertson's discussion Bell Boucher action question
"I’m farther west.  I’m in Amherst County near Lynchburg."
Aug 1
Rob Mohr replied to Jim Robertson's discussion Bell Boucher action question
"Where in VA?? I live in Bowling Green, Caroline County, between Fredericksburg & Richmond."
Aug 1
Jim Robertson replied to Jim Robertson's discussion Bell Boucher action question
"Thanks, Rob. I’ve had low action issues with tack head gourd banjos, especially if they have gut strings.  Bob Thornburg was kind enough to send me some higher bridges, which solved the problem. I live in central VA where humidity is…"
Aug 1
Rob Mohr replied to Jim Robertson's discussion Bell Boucher action question
"Jim, I have a Bell Stichter. The string height on it is really low. Not buzzy, but any heat or humidity and it becomes nearly unplayable, no matter how tight I wrench the head, which I absolutely hate to do. I also switched bridges to something…"
Aug 1
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Bell Boucher action question

Hello folks,I hope everyone is doing well.  I have a Bell Boucher banjo and was wondering about the typical string height. It seems pretty high, but that doesn’t matter as much with nylon or gut strings.  It it actually seems that the head and the neck aren’t quite aligned as they should be.  Typical stringed instrument necks join the body at a slight angle. This banjo has said angle, but it appears to me to be the opposite of what it should be. Instead of rising to meet the body, this one…See More
Aug 1

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Via net surfing.
How long have you played banjo?
Since 1968. 49 years.
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Lots: Vega, Reiter, Bacon, Dobson, Thornburg, unlabeled

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At 2:41pm on April 11, 2017, Tom Taggart said…

Welcome to our little family Jim. Lots of good stuff here for banjo piciker of all levels.

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