Hi Terry. Thanks for your message. Have now finished the banjo and learning a number of tunes thanks to Mr Twiss. The Appalachian clogging my partner dances does not really go with minstrel tunes because of the timing, but she plays melodeon as well so we are looking at some duets with that combination, which could be interesting.
Terry, sent u email. Remember order was changed to a completed Boucher, painted Stitcher colour, spare strings and padded gig bag. Changed after first kit went missing in shipping. Please confirm this is what gets shipped tmrw. Thanks heaps. Helen
I am putting together what I hope will be a performance/lecture program for our local library. I won't be presenting anything scholarly but wish to present a point of departure for anyone who would like to travel on the banjo path.
Good intentions, but.
I don't want to use photos to illustrate the main development of the instrument.
I want to use the actual instruments; ergo performance.
Do you know of anyone in possession of an akonting that they would part with for a reasonable price? Or plans for making one? Gourds are plentiful here in Missouri and we sure got many kinds of wood in great abundance but I can't tell from youtube videos or Elderly's ad just how the durn things went together.
I have taken the neck you made for me and put it together with an all wood head somewhat like a bucket but reversed with the wood base sanded very thin and used as the top. It has good tone and great volume. I'm on youtube playing a couple of numbers on it, Old Man Below and maybe Sail Away Ladies. Possibly Pretty Polly.
I took the rim you fitted the neck to and gave it back its original neck. So I now have two un-fretted banjos.
I've been meaning to send you an email for a couple of weeks. I got the Stichter (the one from ebay) put together just fine. I ended up using tea for a stain; probably a lot lighter than a commercial stain, but it does give a nice reddish cast to the maple. I've worked making parts for harpsichord kits in the past, and I can say that the banjo went together really well. Sounds good, too. I'm very happy, though these guitar-playing fingers still aren't doing very well on stroke style. Thanks so much,
Hello Mr. Bell. My name is Scott Danneker. I have bought one of your kits on Ebayand will soon be putting it together. May I ask you for some advice while I put it together? I will likely need advice on dying and staining the wood. I would like it to look like an original Boucher banjo if possible. Is the metal work red like in the picture of the faux grain one?
Hi Terry - I ordered a banjo kit and Tambourine kit about three years back. Do you still have any record of my order? My check was cashed, and you mentioned on several occasions that you were sick that year. Let me know if you still have my contact information as some of it may have changed in the interim. Sincerely David Sharp
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