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  • Springfield, VA
  • United States
  • ~60 years
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Katz Aug 19, 2015. 1 Reply

Congrats to last year's speaker at Balto part of AEBG

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Masciale Mar 12, 2015. 1 Reply

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razyn replied to Steven Hedgpeth's discussion "Jump Jim Crow" request
"I found the internet site that the M&S dealer (Daniel G. Siegel) quotes in his catalogue entry. http://www.stanransom.com/the-battle-of-plattsburgh.aspx Looks as if this performer/seller (Stan Ransom) has collected a lot of local, Plattsburgh…"
Jun 15, 2016
razyn replied to Steven Hedgpeth's discussion "Jump Jim Crow" request
"Refreshing my post here of Jan. 30, 2011 -- I just got a catalogue from a rare book dealer from whom I have, on rare occasions, bought something.  An entry in this (the 99th catalogue from M&S Rare Books of Providence, RI) an example of the…"
Jun 14, 2016
razyn commented on Jim Jacquet's blog post Circa 1860s restored banjo
"I admire the design of those bracket shoes, elegant solution to the stress problem without going all heavy-gauge on the brass part.  And the wood grain that's bearing it is strong in the direction of the pressure.  If it had about 30…"
Dec 2, 2015
razyn replied to EggerRidgeBoy's discussion The Librarian and the Banjo
"About ten days ago Jim Carrier posted his movie to YouTube -- I watched it yesterday.  Very satisfying to see so many of the AEBG folks (and a few people I know from elsewhere) on the sensible side of this topic.  I never knew Dena Epstein…"
Nov 25, 2015
razyn commented on Nicholas A Bechtel's blog post Early American Banjo Enthusiasts in California
Nov 8, 2015
razyn commented on Nicholas A Bechtel's blog post Early American Banjo Enthusiasts in California
"We're visiting our son, went by his office yesterday and I snapped closeup shots of these figures.  Today when I loaded them into my iPhoto program and zoomed on the flute players, I could read the artist's name underneath: …"
Nov 7, 2015
razyn commented on Nicholas A Bechtel's blog post Early American Banjo Enthusiasts in California
"This is a fairly old discussion, but maybe it can function as the gathering place for anybody who might be interested in this item.  One of our sons lives in the Bay area, and works "in The City" (SF itself).  He has just sent me…"
Oct 14, 2015
razyn liked Tim Twiss's discussion Great Early Banjo Products for sale
Aug 31, 2015

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Was on the Tom Briggs list, before
How long have you played banjo?
~60 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
SS Stewart w/ Homer Ledford upgrade, Flesher 13" kit, 5 no-names

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Comment Wall (12 comments)

At 7:24am on December 2, 2008, John Masciale said…
Hi Razyn,

good to see you here!
At 10:23pm on December 12, 2008, John Masciale said…
Hi Dick, I wish I'd have known you were up here. Naperville is a short drive from here.

On my page, under my name and address is a link to change my picture or to change my my theme. You should be able to update your picture there.
At 3:10am on December 13, 2008, John Masciale said…
Do you see a box on the top right hand side of the screen with your name in it on your page? What happens when you click the settings button? There is a way in settings to upload a picture there.
At 3:16am on December 13, 2008, John Masciale said…
Try connecting to this link:
At 2:22pm on December 19, 2008, Carl Anderton said…
I guess the stand vs. sit issue does not apply to that instrument you're playing.
At 5:33pm on December 19, 2008, Tim Twiss said…
Hi. Yes, I remember you. Nice to see you here. Hope you are well! All the familiar faces are showing gathering at the new site.
At 1:29pm on December 20, 2008, Greg Adams said…
Hey Dick, Welcome to the Ning website. It's pleasingly interactive! Hope you are well!
At 4:49pm on March 30, 2009, Troy Nordman said…
I've loved curly maple since I worked for an artist back in high school. He made intricate wooden inlay designs in boxes. I love it, but it's a pain to turn and, in my case, use hand tools on.

I've got an order in to Amazon for Ring the Banjar. For a newbie I understand the learning curve is great. I hadn't even figured that on the shields.
At 6:16pm on March 31, 2009, David Swarens said…
After a few machine mis steps, I have gotten a copy (of the Gumbo Chaff book)to Mr. Tim Twiss, who has cleaned it up a bit, and should have it available to share.
An application to him should get you a better copy than the one I could supply.
Sorry I didn't reply earlier, but getting it sent (to Tim) distracted me, I'm afraid!

David Swarens.
At 9:55am on May 25, 2010, Grace Morsberger said…
Hi Dick,

Yes, I'll be happy to try and post a larger version of the photo on the Harpers Ferry thread. Colin was the young boy and Cynthia Connolly was the woman from Arlington. Other than that, I don't know most people's last names, either, but I believe Melinda was going to send out a list with everyone's contact info.

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