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Troy Nordman
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  • Augusta, KS
  • United States
  • 5 years
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Just browsing
How long have you played banjo?
5 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Currently, 'Ole 37

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Posted on March 30, 2009 at 1:26pm 0 Comments

I'm very new to the site and have lurked a few weeks, mostly reading through forums, watching videos...it's impressive and humbling. I've been a fiddler for a number of years, but recently found myself accosted by the banjar. I'm a novice at playing, but I'm slowly getting the stroke style figured out. Meanwhile, I decided to build myself a banjo (which has led to three of them). I've posted a few pics of my first in my photo album, and would, honestly, like your… Continue

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At 9:01pm on January 21, 2009, John Masciale said…
Hi Troy, welcome to our forum.
At 3:37pm on March 30, 2009, razyn said…
The craftsmanship looks very nice. I don't know the Boucher history well enough to comment on its Civil War appropriateness, which doesn't matter to me anyway, but does to many in this group.

In that regard, somebody has alleged that the shield bracket is a Union thang. Would a southern banjoist have cared? I'm thinking, the CSA used all kinds of US symbols, e.g. one side of coins from the New Orleans mint. Whatever. I've also idly wondered when the spread eagle brackets came into use, as in the Pollman banjo catalog from the 1890s illustrated in Ring the Banjar, p. 19. I have a few of those I want to use sometime. (They don't say "Union Forever.")

The square peg (and hole) -- round perch pole trick is a nice touch. Looks like something that would have been a pain to make.

Does it ever make you dizzy to look at alternating waves of light reflected in the curly maple?

Dick Hulan
At 7:07pm on August 13, 2009, Tom Ward said…
i think you did an AWSOME jobTh ebanjo I made doesnt look half as good as yours.I would just love to hear it!Are you gonna post a video of you playing it?What did you use for the head?Why can you see through it?
At 8:23am on January 21, 2010, Jeff Wewers said…
Troy, that banjo is a beauty!! Where did you get those shield brackets?
At 8:33am on January 21, 2010, Troy Nordman said…
Jeff: Thanks! There's a dulcimer shop out of Grafton, Ohio. A great guy to do business with, and he has them as well as the eagles. I'm currently finishing one with the eagle shield, and I'll get some pics up when I completed. Jeff Menzies may also have some hardware. I recently ordered a couple of skins from him. He seems a very cool person who has a great deal of experience as a builder. Take care!

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