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Ronald Hanes
  • Cushing, OK
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Question about playing while standing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ronald Hanes 31 minutes ago. 2 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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Ronald Hanes replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"Thank you for this information"
31 minutes ago
Paul Draper replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
6 hours ago
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
10 hours ago
Ronald Hanes replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion adding pictures
"Thanks I will do that"
Mar 4
Chris Prieto replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion adding pictures
"There should be a link at bottom that lets you use the simple uploader. That what I always use."
Mar 4
Ronald Hanes posted a discussion

adding pictures

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 10See More
Mar 2
Chris Prieto replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion need to learn one more thing about my new Boucher
"My Sweeney does same thing. It felt weird at first but now I bank on it to know how far up to go back to get into position IE: my knuckle should be touching it in order for my finger to be correct distance from each note. I actually come to rely on…"
Feb 27
Manfred Kilian liked Ronald Hanes's discussion Progress report on my new Bell Boucher
Feb 27
Ronald Hanes posted a discussion

Progress report on my new Bell Boucher

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 to a fret calculator then moved the bridge from its 27" home position to 26 -3/8". Then I calculated the difference in fret placement. (Like my other fretted banjo)I discovered that if I placed my fingers just behind the dots...(like I do with my fretted banjo) I am on the note (according to my…See More
Feb 27
Ronald Hanes replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion need to learn one more thing about my new Boucher
"Thanks  Parker I appreciate the information Ron H"
Feb 26
Parker Buckley replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion need to learn one more thing about my new Boucher
"Yep. Mine is the same; seems to be traditional."
Feb 25
Ronald Hanes posted a discussion

need to learn one more thing about my new Boucher

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 the nut protrude out past the sides of the neck. It is round on the ends and looks good. My question is. Are the ends supposed to do that?Always learningRon HSee More
Feb 25
Brian Kimerer replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Assistance request regarding a Boucher banjo
"I have mapped out some of the significant landmarks on the Boucher double ogee neck on some photographs of the neck of the banjo I built. It has a Boucher double ogee on it, even though the peghead was designed by me. The web page also discusses how…"
Feb 23
Tom Taggart replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Assistance request regarding a Boucher banjo
"This is really good advice for all players new to minstrel banjo.  Even helps those of us who are not quite new, I think I will go back and check out my banjo's set up to make sure it sounds right.  Thanks."
Feb 23
Chris Prieto replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Nylgut strings information
"I have found stretching the crap out of em per another Terry Bell video I saw on youtube helps get them all stretched out so they creep back to previous tuning a lil less. I'm sure if you retune often enough the strings will comply. I found it…"
Feb 23
Strumelia replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Nylgut strings information
"What type/brand of nylon strings are you using? I use Aquila Nylgut 'Minstrel' set (a little heavier gauge than Nylgut's 'Classic' set) and after the first few days of breaking in, they seem pretty stable when I change…"
Feb 23

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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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