Minstrel Banjo

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Among the more interesting sheet music covers I've seen...

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Comment by Matthew Menice on June 22, 2018 at 4:53pm

The banjo in this has a sound hole as though it were made of wood. I see this in many pictures. It leads me to believe that the illustrator had no idea what a banjo was supposed to look like...

Comment by Timothy Twiss on June 23, 2018 at 5:28pm

There's an extra Buckley in there. Maybe they had a "mini me'

Comment by Strumelia on June 24, 2018 at 5:03pm

Plus, people often look like they're punching the tambourine in these old prints and photos.  Makes me think the skins might have been pretty heavy.

Comment by Chris Prieto on June 24, 2018 at 10:17pm

Ahahahaha I almost didn't see the mini Buckley. My bell tambo can take a punch.

Comment by John Masciale on June 25, 2018 at 10:35am

We re-made our Bell banjo.  We changed out the chimes to some antique ones, and had to replace the head.  We used a standard banjo goat skin head, and it works well.  We do punch the tambo when we play it, punching makes sense when you are dealing with a larger minstrel style tambourine.

I think the small fiddler is supposed to be Japanese Tommy.


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