Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

From Buckley's Banjo Guide, 1868, played on a new Menzies minstrel banjo and an old tambourine of indeterminate age. I didn't have video going so I made a slideshow with a few snapshots from AEBGs past.

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Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on March 20, 2014 at 1:56pm
Sounds like an old recording Andy. Nicely done. I'm always asking when I hear a banjo that has a unique sound to me. SO where did you get your banjo?
Comment by A.N. Chase on March 20, 2014 at 2:14pm

In this case the post-production is responsible for the compressed/scratchy sound.  I ran the audio through Izotope Vinyl using the 'Attic Treasure' preset with the 'Electronic Noise' setting turned down a bit.

As for the banjo, it was made by Jeff Menzies - I'm still getting to know it but it does have a nice full sound and growly low-end.

Comment by Tim Twiss on March 20, 2014 at 3:37pm

I liked the effect. Beware....for cylinder hoaxes now, with this technology. We will need good PROOF when we uncover the hidden Holy Grail of Frank Converse.

Comment by Strumelia on March 11, 2015 at 10:58am

Utterly captivating!  Made my morning bright and happy.   :)

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