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Peter Walker Pardee
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
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How long have you played banjo?
50 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
S. S. Stewart Banjo-Banjeaurine, Ode style D, Whyte Laydie #2 w/ repro neck

Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 12:22pm on February 18, 2012, Carl Anderton said…

Pete, welcome to the group.  I believe I bought a copy of you book, "Scales and Arpeggios for the 5-string banjo" back in about 1978.  That was quite a monumental work, on a scale of the Converse 1886 Analytical!

At 4:04pm on February 18, 2012, Carl Anderton said…

I may have the year wrong.  It was sometime there in the late 70's/early 80's.  I was a bluegrass fanatic back then, couldn't have cared less about clawhammer.  Now my love of history has led me to spend most of my time with the ol' stroke style.  A trifle ironic, I suppose.  I didn't realize you played historic banjo, I always thought of you as a "modernist."  It's great to have you here.  We have a Minstrel Banjo Gathering coming up in June in Maryland.  Join us us you can.

At 1:58pm on February 20, 2012, Peter Walker Pardee said…

Can you tell me some string gauges which are commonly used by

minstrel banjoists? I'm sure some like heavier, some lighter,

and there are multiple non-metal string options, too. Generally, the

pitch I'd use is dG'DF#A. 

     And if you are at all interested in purchasing the newest 

edition of "Scales and Arpeggios for Five String Banjo", I'll

offer a special discount.

     While I embrace the full spectrum of the banjo playing

art, my specialization is the lute, violin, keyboard and 'cello

music of J. S. Bach. 

    Thanks for this great site. I look forward to more interaction.

Peter W. Pardee

At 7:21pm on February 20, 2012, Carl Anderton said…

Peter, I can't remember off the top of my head what the optimum string gauge is for the "Briggs tuning," but we have had several discussions about it here, you might try searching "string gauge" or something.  I order my gut strings from Bob Thornburg of Sierra View Music out in your home state, and he knows just the right gauge to send me.  

At 7:30pm on February 20, 2012, Peter Walker Pardee said…

Thank you, Carl! I'll contact Bob.


At 11:05pm on February 20, 2012, Bell Banjos said…

Also, the gut set sold by Bob Flesher is a great set. I use them or Aquila Nylgut Minstrel Strings on the banjos I make. The Elderly store has taken the time to guage the Nylguts.....http://elderly.com/accessories/items/ANGMB.htm

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