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Howe's New American Banjo School

Started this discussion. Last reply by Silas Tackitt Jun 6, 2012. 2 Replies

In my searches for original Accordeon documentation/music I came across this offering on Alibris. Even though it is priced at $449.95 I thought that perhaps it is something, someone does not already…Continue

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
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How long have you played banjo?
I play 1800's Accordeon/Flutina
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Accordeons mainly Busson, 1 banjo unidentified

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At 1:50pm on May 21, 2012, John Masciale said…

Hi Andrew,

Welcome.  We have a couple of other members who are CW chaplains as well (myself included). 

At 1:59pm on May 21, 2012, Andy Gelfert said…


Thank you for the welcome. I am not an ordained minister, however, I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ ... so a dual purpose ... ministry & reenacting ... well, also music.

At 9:01am on May 25, 2012, Greg Adams said…

Hello Andy,

Nice to see you here. If you have the time, you should come to the Antietam Early Banjo Gathering and bring your accordions so that people can learn about what you do. It'd also be great to play some music with you and your instruments.

Best regards,


At 3:02pm on May 25, 2012, Ian Bell said…

Hi Andrew,

Welcome. What sort of accordion? There are a few other "bellowheads" lurking amongst this crowd. Myself among them.


At 6:14pm on May 25, 2012, Andy Gelfert said…

Hello Ian, and thank you for the welcome. I have read a few of the past posts including the one where you posted a picture "Not a Banjo" (a 1850's Busson Accordeon). This is the type of instruments (French Accordeon/Flutina) to which I am refering. I hope not to be breaking protocol for this forum, however, if you are interested please visit www.VictorianAccordeon.com also Victorian Accordeon on Facebook ... all are welcome. I fixed a reed on Dave Culgan's Accordeon, and just recently met Greg Adams (at the Washington Soiree) where I had played Accordeon at a ladies, civil war, tea. I hope that we can talk further about this as you seem to be well versed in this type of instrument also.

At 8:23am on May 26, 2012, razyn said…

Welcome, not that I'm around that much, but I am one of the other free-reed tolerators here.  I have a small collection of early accordeon tutors, 1840s and thereafter, and have posted about them a few times, here.  But when I play -- not very regularly -- it's almost always on a modern bayan (Russian CBA).

At 5:24pm on May 26, 2012, razyn said…

It's something like lactose tolerance, only for free reeds.

At 5:47pm on May 26, 2012, razyn said…

If you haven't seen this old thread, my whole collection is illustrated (covers only, and not including books for chromatic instruments, later than the 1880s).


At 11:24am on June 6, 2012, Andy Gelfert said…

Sorry it has taken me this long to reply. I have original copies of the Howe preceptor. I do not have any of the Winner's books. However, I do have one you did not post ... Henry West.

At 1:46pm on March 27, 2013, John Masciale said…

Hi Andy,

I'm currently playing a Hohner 20 key anglo concertina (G&C).  I'm looking forward to meeting you.  - John

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