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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?

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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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"Beautifully performed!  I may borrow your lyric adoptions"
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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
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Gourd Banjos 11 & 12

"And they sound great too!"
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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…"
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Andantino

"Okay now I understand.  I think a "large banjo" had a different role than a true octave low bass or cello banjo.  There was a common concept of pitching (I don't use "tuning") the banjo to suit the size.…"
Jun 17
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Andantino

"Hi Joel, there is not a lot of evidence (as I alluded) but I have spotted a few old newpaper articles that mention very large banjos.  This is one of my favorites from the year…"
Jun 17
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Andantino

"Hi Tom, I am curious as to the evidence that you have about bass banjos in the mid century.  All that have seen shows them to be the product of the Banjo Clubs of the late 1880s with S. S. Stewart leading the other manufacturers on producing…"
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Andantino

"We have evidence that bass banjos existed in the mid 19th century. Although, probably not too common. I am no expert, but I believe that most 19th century bass banjos were extremely large and closer to the size of a double bass. But the strings I…"
Jun 17

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Took up banjo in 2009
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James Hartel "Sweeney," and an unsigned unbranded minstrel style banjo from 1870

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