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Paul Neher
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  • Fort Wayne, IN
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Just at the cusp ...

I send you all greetings. I've been re-enacting Civil War for 15+ years, and a good friend of mine (Jim Moffet) suggested I join here as I am interested in making and playing in camp a minstrel banjo. My friend Dean barber said he will teach me to play when i get one, so I am obviously eager for that first step. Thank you all in advance for your kind words, encouragements, and advice.


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beginnings ...

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 8:58am 0 Comments

Work progresses on my minstrel banjo. My friend James Moffet made me a body out of Ash (I think). It's kind of out-of-round, so I decided instead of a hoop, I would make it a tackhead. I found a beautiful piece of poplar for the neck, got it all planed, marked, and my friend Shane is rough cutting it for me. Talked with a VIOLIN maker here in Fort Wayne. he said for $25 he would carve my tuning pegs and ream the holes for them so they would be good fits, imperative to friction tuners working… Continue

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At 12:27pm on August 28, 2009, Jim Moffet said…
Welcome, comrade! I think you'll have a lot of fun here!

At 9:13am on August 31, 2009, John Masciale said…

Welcome to this forum from another midwesterner!
At 1:34pm on February 27, 2010, Paul Neher said…
We have probably shot at eachother then! i was Colonel of the Indiana Brigade for about 6 + years .. now just a private with the 44th IN. Hope we can catch eachother in the field some time if not before. I just started playing around Christmas, so i am not very good, but would love to play together. My banjar is tuned in "D" ... any song suggestions i should learn?

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