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Tom Berghan
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  • Woodinville, WA
  • United States
  • Took up banjo in 2009
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Tom Berghan's Discussions

La Patrie Guitar, model "Motif"

Started Feb 11 0 Replies

Any one here have experience with these? I have not actually seen one yet in the flesh yet, but they are a "parlor guitar" loosely based on Ashborns and late 19th century guitars. (Not a specific…Continue

Do you need a hard shell case for your gourd banjo?

Started Jan 27 0 Replies

I needed a hardshell case for my gourd banjo.  As I was drawing up the design for building my own homemade case and adding up the cost for the various needed materials I realized the cost was adding…Continue

Compensated bridges

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Danneker Jan 3. 4 Replies

RE: The history of bridges. About what year do we see compensated banjo bridges appear? Anyone know?

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19th Century Capo

"It is actually for a guitar but works equally well for a banjo.  Go to my photos, I have posted a page from Justin Holland Guitar Method 1888 that shows the same capo design.  Also his instructions for the "capotasto."  The…"
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19th Century Capo

"thanks I plan on getting one will it work on guitar as well? "
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Old Uncle Ned

"Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts, I really appreciate your kind words and your friendship. Best Wishes, Tom"
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Old Uncle Ned

"Beautifully performed!  I may borrow your lyric adoptions"
Jun 21
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Old Uncle Ned

"I really like how you adapted this for todays' settings Tom.  Nice version and nice 'fond lament' tempo!   :)"
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Old Uncle Ned

Written by Stephen Foster, Published 1848. Lyrics and Melody Adapted by Tom Berghan. Minstrel Banjo by James Hartel after Joel Sweeney, 1840
Jun 20
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Gourd Banjos 11 & 12

"And they sound great too!"
Jun 19
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Andantino

"To Joel's point:  I am always on the lookout for any indication of a "bass line" being played in a 19th century minstrel show.  There is this drawing that clearly shows a double bass.  Does anyone have a date on this…"
Jun 17
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
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How long have you played banjo?
Took up banjo in 2009
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
James Hartel "Sweeney," and an unsigned unbranded minstrel style banjo from 1870

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