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John Cohen
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John Cohen's Discussions

Interesting Photo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Lanham May 21, 2015. 10 Replies

Attached is a photo of what are supposedly  Union soldiers watching a group of African American minstrels perform.  Not sure if you all have seen this one before.  Check out how evolved the banjo in…Continue

Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Twiss Jun 14, 2015. 91 Replies

I was reading through the Gatcomb's Gazette editions that Joel Hooks kindly uploaded, and in Volume 7 No. 3 the opening article titled "Old-Time Banjoists" provides a lot of information that is very…Continue

Collection of CDV Photos Up For Grabs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan'l Apr 5, 2015. 2 Replies

Anybody know who they are?…Continue

great tintype on Ebay

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan'l Mar 1, 2015. 7 Replies

Check this one out... 4-string minstrel banjo!  The frame is from 1865, but no idea when the photo is from.…Continue

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Rob Mohr replied to John Cohen's discussion Switching between scale lengths
"All of my banjos differ too (Bell Stichter, Gardner Boucher, and Carver gourdie w/ ogee neck). I like playing different tunes on each one because of the scale length (finger stretch/hand movement) and string spacing, plus some songs just sound…"
Nov 5, 2019
Michael Cypret replied to John Cohen's discussion Switching between scale lengths
"What is/was the scale on the original Boucher Minstrel banjo?  Does it matter that Bell’s is 27” and that Hartel’s is 26”? I’m thinking about getting Bell’s Boucher Minstrel banjo kit and wonder a little…"
Nov 5, 2019

Profile Information

How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
How long have you played banjo?
1 year
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Jim Hartel Boucher, original minstrel banjos

Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 8:12pm on June 23, 2014, Strumelia said…

Great meeting/playing with you too, John.  :)

At 8:14am on June 25, 2014, Michael Pasquerette said…

Likewise John, hope you will join us again next year

At 7:03am on May 19, 2015, Tim Twiss said…

Hey John...does your dad or family have a business that sells coins and artifacts?

At 10:05am on May 19, 2015, John Cohen said…
I actually used to sell them. These days I only have a small personal collection, though.
At 10:38am on May 19, 2015, Tim Twiss said…

I have 58 caliber bullets from James Cohen & Sons on Royal St in New Orleans. So that is you?

At 12:42pm on May 19, 2015, John Cohen said…
Ah, no, I'm not related to those Cohens. I love that store though. I ran an online business selling ancient coins and artifacts.
At 3:00am on June 26, 2015, Richard William Ineson said…

Hi John, Sorry about the delay in responding, been on holiday and then the 'friend' request seems to have failed. Let me have your details and we'll make arrangements to get the banjo to you.

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