Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

Beautiful tune composed by Tim Twiss, on his Gourd Banjo Music and Elegant Plunk CDs.

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Comment by Timothy Twiss on June 27, 2018 at 10:55pm
That sounds really good Paul. It's way cool that you did that. Thanks
Comment by Paul Draper on June 28, 2018 at 7:10am

It's a haunting tune. It's been in my head for a long time. 

Comment by Chris Prieto on June 28, 2018 at 2:43pm

Nicely done! I been working on this one too. Been wanting to learn this for a while now.

Is that a county banjo?

Comment by Paul Draper on June 28, 2018 at 3:10pm

It's a Dobson pony with silver bell tone ring

Comment by Chris Prieto on June 28, 2018 at 3:14pm

oh like a real Dobson banjo? haha very nice. I am super illiterate when it comes to fancy older banjos and tone rings and such but Dan from County Banjos builds a bunch that look like yours with the brass scoop overlaying the head.

Whats the scale length on it?

Comment by Paul Draper on June 28, 2018 at 3:30pm

This one is from the 1890's. 22 1/2 inch scale, or thereabouts 

Comment by M'lou Brubaker on June 28, 2018 at 5:38pm

Hi Paul,

What kind of strings do you have on it? They sound nice. I have a short scale banjo, and I am not sure I have the best strings on it. My scale is about 21.5” and the heavy Minstrel Nylguts seem a bit too slack. Although they are better now that I have tuned up to A and moved the tailpiece back as far as possible.

M'lou

Comment by Paul Draper on June 28, 2018 at 10:02pm

Hi M'lou - it has standard "classic" nylgut strings tuned gCGBD (or a little north of that...)

Comment by M'lou Brubaker on June 29, 2018 at 11:10am

Thank you for the string information.

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