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Joe Bianchini
  • 65, Male
  • Locust Grove, VA
  • United States
  • 5.5 years
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Banjo Clubhouse
How long have you played banjo?
5.5 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Wunder Banjo, Rice model, 139/1999

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At 10:20am on March 10, 2010, Dave Culgan said…
Joe, I just posted about the flutina I bought, but am going to return, The shop is Liberty Bellows, 18th and Samson in Philadelphia (they have website). I met with Mike there. I don't think had ever worked on a flutina, most of his experience was with accordeons and concertinas from about 1900 and on. He did seem willing to work on anything that was brought it in but does not have specific experience with flutinas.

Dave
At 12:47pm on March 10, 2010, Joe Bianchini said…
as far as I can tell its going to need quite a lot of work.
At 12:48pm on March 10, 2010, Joe Bianchini said…
Sorry my first attempt didn't work very well. Thanks for the info. I maybe looking him up. I haven't found anone willing to look at it to see if it's even worth repairing.
At 3:47am on May 31, 2010, Stuart G. Vogt said…
Joe:
Stu Vogt here. I will be giving the short presentation at the dedication of the Sam Sweeney memorial tombstone in the Graham Cemetery. I look forward to seeing you there. Incidentally, when the Orange Artillery was posted at Ft. Clifton on the Appomattox River in the last winter of the War, two members of the battery entertained everyone on the fiddle and the banjo. I tried to ID these chaps, but I was never able to find out.
At 12:46pm on June 9, 2010, Stuart G. Vogt said…
Joe:
It was a pleasure to meet you! It was a perfect night for the memorial service for Sam and your music was a darn sight better than my chin music!

Stu
At 12:56pm on June 9, 2010, Stuart G. Vogt said…
I will let you know how I'm doing on my banjo. It's been an adventure so far. But since I'm making it, in the future I'll have no problem "upgrading" parts of it. I made the tensioner brackets out of an old 105mm shell casing that I had been saving for years. I n the future I'm going to make a hand die stamp with a cover that's got drill bushings in it so that I can stamp out uniform tensioner brackets with the holes accurately drilled. I should have done that in the beginning, but....

Yr Humble & Obt Svt,
Stu
At 4:31pm on June 9, 2010, Stuart G. Vogt said…
Despite the fact I have the pegs, the flesh hoop, and the head to deal with, I'm elated that the thing is visibly coming together. I used to build muzzleloading rifles from scratch...built my own hand rifling machine, made my own locks..forged all the furniture. But now I see why so many old time gunsmiths also made musical instruments. A piece of furniture, for example, just sits there looking pretty.But there's something about that instrument or rifle, made of wood and metal, that DOES something. You can grab it in your hands and make it bark or make it twang.
At 5:23am on June 10, 2010, Stuart G. Vogt said…
Am I correct that you chaps played up at Bradley International Airport? That's where I'm flying into today. I live in Westfield MA, which about 25 min. driving time north of there. I'd love to hear your music in person up here in the land of codfish & potatoes.
At 2:35pm on September 4, 2010, Tim Twiss said…
Hey, tell me anything you can. I think it was Jeff Menzies that recently made one for him. Was he playing stroke style? How was it?
At 1:05pm on September 5, 2010, Tim Twiss said…
Thanks. Maybe Jeff will pipe up if it is his instrument.

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