Minstrel Banjo

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TotW - 18 NOV 2019

I have it down to the following from Buckley 1868 (Tim's book): Buckley's Hornpipe, Dan Emmett's Reel, or Lazy Joe (Jig)... Somebody make…

Started by Rob Mohr

5 Nov 23, 2019
Reply by Timothy Twiss

Giant Bohdran Banjo

I have to share this. Checkout the giant banjo Par Engstrand made. Classic-banjo.ning.  I think it sounds great! https://classic-banjo.ning

Started by Michael Cypret

0 Nov 20, 2019

TUNE OF THE WEEK FOR NOV. 11TH

I nominate Mr. Chris Prieto to choose this week’s TOTW

Started by Paul Draper

19 Nov 17, 2019
Reply by Rob Mohr

Tune of the Week Nov. 4th

I nominate Paul Draper to pick one for this week

Started by Timothy Twiss

13 Nov 10, 2019
Reply by Paul Draper

Batchelder's Minstrels of Boston?

Has anyone run across any mention of Batchelder's Minstrels of Boston? This group was mentioned in an obituary in The Boston Weekly Globe,…

Started by OK-4

0 Nov 9, 2019

Who here plays concertina?

If you play concertina, then I have some questions for you.  I do not play, but I am considering getting one.  There are numerous configura…

Started by Tom Berghan

16 Nov 9, 2019
Reply by Michael Cypret

Switching between scale lengths

I just realized that my Bell has a 27'' scale length and the Hartel I ordered has a 26'' scale length.  Who here has experience switching b…

Started by John Cohen

3 Nov 5, 2019
Reply by Rob Mohr

Free tablature/notation of important early African-American banjo music

Hello everyone, It's been awhile.  The various early banjo events are so appealing, but they're all back East.  I'd love to go but... (1) m…

Started by Paul Ely Smith

1 Nov 5, 2019
Reply by Chris Prieto

Tune of the Week Oct 28th

Say, let's jump into the Analytical for one of Converse's originals "The Modoc Reel". Hear the DNA of past Stroke pieces. I'll put up a few…

Started by Timothy Twiss

13 Nov 2, 2019
Reply by Timothy Twiss

Help picking Nylgut Strings

Hi folks, I am currently building my first banjo, a minstrel banjo of course! I think it's coming along nicely, and thanks to Terry Bell fo…

Started by Jason Stamper

5 Oct 29, 2019
Reply by Timothy Twiss

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