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At 7:57pm on January 21, 2011, Carl Anderton said…
Steve, glad I could give you inspiration with this fantastic style of banjo playing.  I hope to see you in June in Mary-land!
At 5:31pm on March 16, 2011, Mark Hobson said…

Hi Steve, 

Thanks for the welcome..... pulled the trigger today and bought a 1924 Vega.  Simple and nice.  My goal is really to play old time fiddle tunes so the minstrel group may not be the right place, but there seems to be a lot of "banjo knowledge" here so while I may not post much, I'll certainly lurk!

At 3:40pm on April 7, 2011, Dena Lee said…
Nice, Mark:  I have a 1936 Vega tenor.  What a joy.
At 1:31pm on March 9, 2012, flatfoot johnny said…

Nice to meet you steve... love your vids.  Are both of your banjos by Brian Carver. He's certainly prolific.

At 3:31pm on March 20, 2012, Ryan Gray said…

Thanks for the nice words in the friend request. I hope that building your banjo goes even smoother than mine did. I tell you what, when you build one its the greatest feeling ever when you play it.

At 1:14am on March 31, 2012, Joshua Cole said…

Thanks for the kind welcome, Steve.  I'm looking forward to learning more about these wonderful instruments.  My first fretless minstrel-style banjo is on order with Luke Mercier and I hope to get it by August.  In the meantime, this site gives me lots to think about!

Josh

At 9:18pm on April 4, 2012, Neil Bellanca said…

Thanks Steve, I'll post pictures of my banjos as soon as I am able. I'm working on a new build right now. I'm trying to turn an old locust fence-post into a banjo neck; it's probably not doable, but we'll see!

At 11:23am on April 12, 2012, Bob Winans said…

Hi Steve---Thanks for the friend request. However, I did not fully understand some of your comments. Are you suggesting that some of what Carson Hudson and Clarke play is more syncopated than the material in my black syncopation presentation? Or just that now that you have gone through the black syncopation material you hear something like it in their playing? And maybe you could expand on your description, "than some ways."

Banjovially, Bob

At 11:28am on April 12, 2012, Steve Jeter said…

   Kinda what I was asking is this syncopation the Hudson & Clarke are doing is this the syncopation you are talking about.   Listening to Pompey and Juba , the way both these guys play them seems to be fewer notes, but heavy on the sync.    Is there a video of you expalining and demonstrating this? 

 I was just remarking on the "feel" they had

At 10:26am on April 17, 2012, Al Smitley said…

You have a question about the chord chart?

At 10:07pm on April 19, 2012, Rhiannon Giddens said…

Hi Steve!  I just slow it down...and practice endlessly.  I don't do the left hand pull off for the middle note like some just cause I prefer the sound of the right hand doing all the notes... good luck and hi!

At 9:32am on May 22, 2012, Tom Morrison said…

Hi Steve

Where do you live?  I live in Moreno Valley CA in Riverside County.  Is that close to you?

Tom Morrison

At 9:39am on May 22, 2012, Steve Jeter said…

 Tom

 unfortunately not. Im basically between Houston Tx and Galveston  :(

At 10:32am on May 22, 2012, Tom Morrison said…

Steve

I live about 20 miles from San Jacinto California.

Have a great time playing Minstrel Banjo.

Tom

At 12:50pm on May 22, 2012, Andy Gelfert said…

Greetings Steve,

I am glad to know another brother in the Lord.

At 11:08am on May 31, 2012, Paul Ely Smith said…

Hey, thanks for the kind words.  I am a little on the unorthodox side for this site, but I am in love with the gourd banjo.  I posted my latest effort in gourd banjo-making several months ago (January?), and you might want to check it out, since I was trying for a deep rich tone as it seems you are.  Most of the makers here treat the gourd like the hoop on a minstrel banjo, and they run the dowel through the body, but I think a more traditional (West African) method is to notch the neck/spine into the top, which I think is stronger.  In any case, the instrument I made delivers great sound.  I have been lost in another music project for months, but when I get back to this I will post a video with this new instrument (the old one looked cool, but was too quiet and thin-sounding...).

At 12:25pm on June 7, 2012, Genford Brewington said…

Thanks for the friend list add!  I am looking forward to it.  Got Jeff Menzies making me a gourd banjo and a tackhead as we speak and can't wait!

At 9:10am on June 25, 2012, Dave Culgan said…

Thanks for listening to my music Steve. Glad to see you getting into this stuff so much, I've been watching your building and playing posts, here and on the banjo hangout site - great instruments and music made on them.

At 6:27pm on April 1, 2013, Anthony G Spangler said…

Hey, Steve!  Thanks for adding me!

At 1:29pm on May 2, 2013, Mark Bailey said…

Yep, I'm MW! Sorry about the slow reply, things were busy there for a few.

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