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seeking comments on primitive fretless

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I'd appreciate some comments on an old banjo that I bought on eBay.  It's a small, primitive, hand-made fretless and I'm trying to estimate its age.  Two possible clues that I'm researching:a.) the…Continue

Tags: fretless, primitive

Ladies Banjos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Kimerer May 25, 2016. 1 Reply

I'm researching Ladies Banjos for a display.  So far, I've determined that a "Ladies Banjo" has short scale or neck length, generally has a pot smaller than 11" in diameter, and the whole idea of a…Continue

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reproduction tailpieces and banjo hardware

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wes Merchant Feb 26, 2016. 1 Reply

In 2015 a jeweler friend referred me to a fabricator who makes small-scale art and jewelry items.  I had the fabricator make up some tailpieces out of stainless steel, bronze, hard nylon, and some…Continue

Tags: hardware, and, parts, banjo, reproduction

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seeking comments on primitive fretless

I'd appreciate some comments on an old banjo that I bought on eBay.  It's a small, primitive, hand-made fretless and I'm trying to estimate its age.  Two possible clues that I'm researching:a.) the pot is made from scarf-jointed wood, similar to grain measure construction.  A previous owner went overboard in mounting a skin head and used so many tacks that the top of the pot is badly split.  However, the tacks for the head appear to be more modern than the tacks for the scarf joint.  I've…See More
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differences btw Winner 1864 vs 1869

"There are too many Winner's Books out there."
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differences btw Winner 1864 vs 1869

"Roger that ..... tnx for the clarification."
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differences btw Winner 1864 vs 1869

"No, those are the vocal tunes. They are in 1864"
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differences btw Winner 1864 vs 1869

"Hey Tim -  looks like there are some differences btw the 1864 edn & 1869 edn."
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Timothy Twiss commented on Mark Ralston's blog post Winner's New Primer for the Banjo - 1869
"It's still the same book, but for the page where it lists the date and where it was entered into record."
Jul 18
Mark Ralston commented on Mark Ralston's blog post Winner's New Primer for the Banjo - 1869
"Hi Joel -  I've also got it as a PDF, will e-mail to you."
Jul 18
Joel Hooks commented on Mark Ralston's blog post Winner's New Primer for the Banjo - 1869
"I'll have to see what is in the scan I have.  I notice that it seems to not be easily available online-- I'll fix that and add it to the Internet Archive. "
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Winner's New Primer for the Banjo - 1869

FYI, I found an 1869 copy of Winner's New Primer for the Banjo, which has a different list of tunes than the list that Tim Twiss posted for the 1864 edition.  I posted it as images here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Yellowstone-Jewelry-642715152503917/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1286650278110398Tunes include:Cuffee's Go DownDan TuckerMary BlaneLucy LongHard Times In…See More
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Jun 21, 2016
Brian Kimerer replied to Mark Ralston's discussion Ladies Banjos
"Jim Bollman at the Music Emporium told me that my Fairbanks & Cole was probably a ladies banjo or a child's banjo. It has a 24" scale. http://www.thekimerers.net/brian/music/fandcbanjo.shtml According to the serial number and mugwumps…"
May 25, 2016
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
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How long have you played banjo?
since 1970's
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http://www.yellowstone-jewelry.com/Banjos/Collection/instrument%20G...

contact:

mark.r.ralston@gmail.com

Located in Centre Hall, PA (Near State College, PA)

Mostly-retired from geology, active with instrument buy/sell/restore.

AKA Yellowstone Jewelry at www.yellowstone-jewelry.com

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Winner's New Primer for the Banjo - 1869

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 8:42am 3 Comments

FYI, I found an 1869 copy of Winner's New Primer for the Banjo, which has a different list of tunes than the list that Tim Twiss posted for the 1864 edition.  I posted it as images here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Yellowstone-Jewelry-642715152503917/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1286650278110398

Tunes include:

Cuffee's Go Down

Dan Tucker

Mary…

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