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Silas Tackitt
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  • Seattle, WA
  • United States
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Aunt Jemima's Plaster

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Culgan May 31, 2012. 1 Reply

Suggestions for cleaning/preserving the head

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Wunderlich Aug 30, 2010. 4 Replies

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CURTIS PAYNE commented on Silas Tackitt's photo


"nice photo, but I would not want to carry one on the march.  Glad you did and got a great photo. "
Sep 26, 2014
Silas Tackitt commented on Andy Chase's video

Coon Hunt Walk Around

"I usually play this song after I play Circus Jig.  The ending with the bass string on one and the beginning of the other makes them a natural pair to play."
Mar 23, 2014
Silas Tackitt commented on Tim Twiss's video

Alabama Joe

"Three years ago when I was at Fort Sumter for the 150th, we had a great fife and drum group portraying troops of Major Anderson's beseiged Federal garrison.  One of the tunes they played really caught my ear.  I kept hearing…"
Mar 23, 2014
Silas Tackitt replied to Scott Danneker's discussion Is anyone going to a reenactment this year?
"I'll be at Pickett's Mill the weekend after Memorial Day.  Haven't decided if I'll bring a banjo or not.  Being a campaign immersion event, a banjo would be a superfluous item.  My banjo might make the flight…"
Mar 21, 2014
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Mar 14, 2014
Silas Tackitt replied to Strumelia's discussion snowman overload
"Hey, now.  Leave my fellow colonel, Harlan Sanders, out of this.  "
Jun 9, 2013
Silas Tackitt commented on Nicholas A Bechtel's blog post When to change your GUT strings?
"My reenactment banjo goes through first, fifth and second strings on a regular basis.  That's because it goes with me on campaign.  No case.  Carried over my shoulder on a strap.  Thrown into my blanket when I sleep. …"
Jun 2, 2013
Silas Tackitt commented on Wes Merchant's photo

boston flute instruction book p29 1845

"Hadn't noticed this book from 1845 before.  Kinda kewl.  Didn't know that Home Sweet Home, on page 51, was that old of a song. "
Jun 2, 2013
Silas Tackitt replied to Bell Banjos's discussion Ephriam's Lament
"Ephraim's Lament is in the category of songs which were so popular, there are many versions.   The traditional version can be found on pages 8-9 in my songster :…"
May 20, 2013
Silas Tackitt commented on Ron's blog post I have hit upon a puzzlement, and have a question
"I'm looking at two sources : the Weidlich repro at page 24 and the original at page 25 of the version scanned and posted on Tim's pages.  I don't have the cd, so I cannot compare it to the written sources.  From what I…"
Apr 17, 2013
Nicholas A Bechtel and Silas Tackitt are now friends
Dec 23, 2012
Silas Tackitt and Mark Weems are now friends
Dec 19, 2012
Silas Tackitt commented on Mark Weems's video

The New Negro

"Can I buy a vowel? "
Dec 19, 2012
Silas Tackitt commented on Mark Weems's video

The New Negro

"I found one page of the manuscript online from Columbia, but only that solitary page is displayed.  Since the odds are slim that I'll ever get to Columbia, could you be kind enough to share the page which contains The New…"
Dec 19, 2012
Silas Tackitt commented on Ian Bell's blog post Having the guts to repair a string....
"1911 copy of the Boy Scout Handbook linked to page which includes the sheet bend : http://books.google.com/books?id=lCnwo8crqr4C&lpg=PT107&pg=PT111#v=onepage&q&f=false"
Dec 18, 2012
Silas Tackitt posted a discussion

The Steamship Cremona

Seen in an appendix about Tombigbee River steamboats in a recent book by Rufus Ward was this little gem worth mentioning here :"Cremona, 268-ton side wheeler built in 1852, over 200 feet long ; during 1855-56 season it made two trips to Aberdeen ; in spring of 1859 was Mobile Tuesday evening packet for Aberdeen and Columbus ; during the 1856-57 season it was the first steamer with a calliope to arrive at Aberdeen ; passed to Confederate control in 1861 and was used to transport supplies ;…See More
Nov 29, 2012

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Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 3:24pm on August 9, 2009, John Masciale said…
Silas, Welcome to the Minstrel Banjo forum
At 12:13pm on August 10, 2009, Jim Moffet said…
Good to see you over here, Silas! Carl invited me some months back - after you put me in touch with him. Avitar shows my first playable instrument - though after spending this past weekend with 3 other repop instruments, I'm about to make a new tailpiece thats thicker! Learning so much - some of it in a very stumbling way.

Hope to see you - and maybe even play banjo together, before too long! It has been over a year now.

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