Minstrel Banjo

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Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
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Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Jersey Lightning Jig

"What a pity if these tunes were to disappear completely into obscurity..."
12 hours ago
Paul Draper posted a video

Jersey Lightning Jig

Mid 19th Century fiddle tune by C. Titus, collected and transcribed by Dan Emmett. Thank you to Tim Twiss for this one.
12 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to Trapdoor2's discussion CDV of Swain Buckley on ebay...
"I think the raised frets are an illusion. One of the chanterelles is coincident with the edge of the neck at the photo angle resulting in a wavy edge that looks like frets. Large *banjo* head... ;-)"
Nov 22
Strumelia replied to Trapdoor2's discussion CDV of Swain Buckley on ebay...
"Flush? Then why do we see the light colored fret humps in the neck profile, especially in the area nearer the pot? And why are the frets all casting shadows? Large head- yeah the guy has a big head for sure- but he looks like a real small fellow to…"
Nov 22
Trapdoor2 replied to Trapdoor2's discussion CDV of Swain Buckley on ebay...
"We had a much more in-depth discussion of this CDV on BHO. We pretty much agreed that this was a 13" rim banjo and when the photo is scaled, it is ~28" scale neck (pretty normal up till the 20th C). I think the combination of the large…"
Nov 22
Strumelia commented on Jeff Herbster's photo
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My banjo builds

"Very nice collection Jeff."
Nov 21
Strumelia replied to Trapdoor2's discussion CDV of Swain Buckley on ebay...
"Looks like minstrel tuning, judging from his fretting position. And looks like stroke style, judging from his right hand. Is this an extra long neck? Nasty wig. lol"
Nov 21
Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
Nov 17
Paul Draper posted a video

The Royal Schottische.

A Frank B. Converse composition, from Langey’s Tutor For The Banjo, 1890.
Nov 16
Tom Taggart commented on Jeff Herbster's photo
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My banjo builds

"Nice looking banjos. Thanks for sharing."
Nov 11
Tom Taggart liked Jeff Herbster's photo
Nov 11
Jeff Herbster posted a photo

My banjo builds

I thought I would put up photos of what I've been building during Covid. 1. An early double back tackhead 2. My first gourd tackhead 3. An Akonting/Ekonting, folk instrument from Senegal. 4. My latest tackhead, with a hand turned rim. 5. A banza,…
Nov 11
Timothy Twiss replied to Trapdoor2's discussion CDV of Swain Buckley on ebay...
"Same idea....different century"
Nov 8
Timothy Twiss replied to Trapdoor2's discussion CDV of Swain Buckley on ebay...
Nov 8
Timothy Twiss replied to Trapdoor2's discussion CDV of Swain Buckley on ebay...
"I really like this picture. Looks SO badass!"
Nov 8
Trapdoor2 posted a discussion

CDV of Swain Buckley on ebay...

Pretty cool CDV up on ebay at the moment. Oddball banjo with 2 chanterelles, 22 inlaid frets. Pretty reasonable dating via the photographer's dates extant: 1862-1864.See More
Nov 7
Trapdoor2 replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Japanese Grand March
"LOL, I got halfway thru tabbing this out back when we were playing at Antietam in the barn. After watching Greg Adams play it, I gave up. More complicated than I wanted to deal with...I enjoy the simpler stuff too much. Your tab looks excellent, of…"
Nov 7
Timothy Twiss posted a discussion

Japanese Grand March

Japanese%20Grand%20March%20-%20Full%20Score.pdfThat one is transcribed "as is" from the original notation in the Buckley 1860Japanese%20Grand%20March%20TT%20Fingerings%20-%20Full%20Score.pdfThis one is how I fingered and played itI don't know if…See More
Oct 30
Byron Thomas commented on Jim Tribble's photo
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Complete ready for playing

"This is a gorgeous banjo! I was wondering if you would be willing to share the neck dimensions? I wanted to construct something similar as I love the idea of having a low "D" on a Minstrel banjo."
Oct 26

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CDV of Swain Buckley on ebay...

Started by Trapdoor2 in Uncategorized. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Nov 22. 7 Replies

Japanese Grand March

Started by Timothy Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Nov 7. 1 Reply

Blue Bell Valse - Buckley

Started by Rob Mohr in Uncategorized. Last reply by Rob Mohr Sep 2. 8 Replies

What are you working on?

Started by Timothy Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by Rob Mohr Aug 14. 3 Replies

 
 
 

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