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Tom Berghan
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  • Woodinville, WA
  • United States
  • Took up banjo in 2009
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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?

Circus Jig - Come Join us on a Walk Around

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Taggart Oct 12, 2016. 2 Replies

Circus Jig  (Click on the hyperlink - or, the MP3 is attached below) …Continue

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New gourd banjo

"Your new banjo sound really great Chris!"
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Tom Berghan replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"HD = Home Depot"
Mar 30
Tom Berghan replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"Chris, Try some "Floor Gripper Pad."  http://www.homedepot.com/p/TrafficMASTER-Premium-2-ft-x-4-ft-Non-Slip-Safety-Rug-to-Floor-Gripper-Pad-RGP24/100648258 Keeps throw rugs from skidding on wooden floors.  It is very inexpensive…"
Mar 30
Tom Berghan replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"Yeah ... we're it me I'd just get some hemp rope. It will look just fine. It will not be as comfortable as a modern flat strap but it will look "period." If it is around your neck then you can move it all over the place. If it…"
Mar 30
Tom Berghan replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"Ronald, looks like you can order one here: http://www.theweavingwelshman.com/powder_horn_straps_with_bees_wax"
Mar 30
Tom Berghan replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Question about playing while standing
"The majority of drawings and photographs we have show banjoists sitting . . . but, we absolutely know that in minstrel shows and circus performances they often stood, and even walked and danced during some skits and of course during the ever popular…"
Mar 29
Tom Berghan replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Assistance request regarding a Boucher banjo
"What you propose is the BEST solution! - and then you can place the bridge wherever you like and where the tone is best. For myself, I also play fretted banjos and they all have 26 and 3/8th inch scales, so for consistency I set all my banjos to 26…"
Feb 23
Tom Berghan replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Assistance request regarding a Boucher banjo
"The pleasure is all mine Ron!  I am happy to be of help.  And, I forget to address something I am sure you will be wondering.  "Will the "Crayola Washable Kid's Paint" react  badly with the finish on my new…"
Feb 21
Tom Berghan replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Assistance request regarding a Boucher banjo
"I can help.  Since you said it is your first fretless banjo I infer you also have a fretted banjo.   That being the case, go to any drugstore and buy some Crayola brand Children's washable paint (couple of bucks, its cheap) and a…"
Feb 21
Tom Berghan replied to Strumelia's discussion What songs were you taught in Kindergarten/grade school?
"Oh yeah Al! I ran to the radio every time Mule Skinner Blues by The Fendermen came on. I loved that song - still do!!!"
Feb 21
Tom Berghan replied to Strumelia's discussion What songs were you taught in Kindergarten/grade school?
"I am stunned!  None of you listed Oh! Susanna!  We sang it all the time.  I only remember singing the first verse and the chorus.  I never knew the other verses until I began playing early banjo and then I learned the other…"
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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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