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Ronald Hanes
  • Cushing, OK
  • United States
  • Just starting
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Question about playing while standing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Twiss Mar 30. 19 Replies

Did early banjo players use a strap  to secure the banjo for playing  while standing?I've looked online at old photos, paintings etc.  I haven't seen any.Continue

adding pictures

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ronald Hanes Mar 4. 2 Replies

when I attempt to add pictures to my page it says I need a Plug to do so.will someone kindly tell me what I need and where do I get itIm running  windows 10Continue

Progress report on my new Bell Boucher

Started Feb 27 0 Replies

Well I have it finished and strung. It's a thing of beauty. Mr Bell has produced a very fine instrument. I did a set up based on advice given me by Tom . I set up the little reference dots according…Continue

need to learn one more thing about my new Boucher

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto Feb 27. 3 Replies

Let me start by saying my new Bell Boucher kit is absolutely beautiful. I do 'have a question though. About the nut. It a great piece of work its lovely When I installed it in its slot the ends of…Continue

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Timothy Twiss replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"Ah, thanks for breaking the code."
Mar 30
Timothy Twiss replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"Chris .....what is HD?  Seems as though almost anything will do. But, how best to hook it up?"
Mar 30
Chris Prieto replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"Nice, Im making a trip to HD this weekend and will pick some up. actually gonna attempt to finish up a rope tensioned gourd this weekend. I also know a guy who makes repro goods from 19th century and he has India rubber he uses on caps and rain…"
Mar 30
Chris Prieto replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"I have a rope on of my gourds but opted for the powder horn straps for added "flare" when out busking. I do love the idea of some India rubber on the back to help with slippage tho. Gonna give that a try in my next gourd."
Mar 30
John Masciale replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
Mar 30
John Masciale replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"You can buy waxed hemp twine for less money than that.  I use it on my frame saw. I don't think it will rub off too readily, but have never tried it for that purpose.  I have to wonder what would happened due to the combination of…"
Mar 30
John Masciale replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"There are pictures of Joel Walker Sweeney dancing while playing a gourd banjo.  Gourds are more slippery than an eel.  I have been told, but can't document this that some players would use a piece of gum rubber (Goodyear vulcanized…"
Mar 30
Chris Prieto replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"Dang those are pricey! I believe the ones I've got were around 25 beans shipped. I also can't vouch for the bees wax coating. Not sure if the wax would rub off on your duds or anything like that."
Mar 30
Chris Prieto replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"I got two from a gentleman named Travis Souther and I also have one from the the traveling pup trading co. They are both on Facebook. I get them made to about 44 inches but I am smaller guy so you might wanna double check your ideal length. If you…"
Mar 30
Timothy Twiss replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"I know the early guys stood a lot, as using the foot for percussion on a piece of wood was common. I am sure you would want to be mobile and as loud as possible at a circus or a horse race or whatever event you were trying to be heard at."
Mar 30
Ronald Hanes replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"Sounds good Chris where can I buy a powder horn strap.?"
Mar 30
Chris Prieto replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"I recently started using powder horn straps because I figure they predate the minstrel era, they are generally nice to look at and serve the purpose well. That said I generally play on a small folding stool that fits in my carpet bag :)"
Mar 29
Ronald Hanes replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"Thank you for this information"
Mar 29
Paul Draper replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
Mar 29
Ronald Hanes posted a discussion

Question about playing while standing

Did early banjo players use a strap  to secure the banjo for playing  while standing?I've looked online at old photos, paintings etc.  I haven't seen any.See More
Mar 29
Ronald Hanes replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion adding pictures
"Thanks I will do that"
Mar 4

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Internet search
How long have you played banjo?
Just starting
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bell Boucher plus one I built

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 12:12pm on February 9, 2017, Strumelia said…

Hi Ron, welcome!

At 10:56am on February 10, 2017, Tom Taggart said…

Welcome to our site Ron.  There is a lot of good advice and information here for begining players.  Enjoy!

At 2:05pm on February 12, 2017, Jacalyn Thomas said…

Welcome. I am a newbie, too.

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