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gourd banjo give away - charity fund raiser.

Started this discussion. Last reply by flatfoot johnny Jun 23, 2013. 1 Reply

O.K. folks the moment you've all been waiting for: GOURD BANJO UP FOR GRABS!! I am trying to raise money for the RSPB in order to protect the Asian vulture from almost certain extinction. For full…Continue

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A quick sound test of my latest banjo. A Tunbridgeware inspired lyre headed minstrel banjo. This is my first minstrel to have a mylar head and I'm pleasantly...
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"Thanks Joel, ive been looking at a bunch of tunbridgeware banjos and they seem to vary in quality. yes proper tunbridgeware is bundles of 1mm sqaure sticks arranged to make a pattern then sliced up. Ultimately this is marquetry... but then so is…"
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"Joel, I've played in a lot of different keys as backup, but assumed that if I wanted to do an instrumental break or melodic bridge, it might help to re-tune the 5th string and use a capo devise.  I will take a look at Converse,…"
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"Al, to change keys one just needs to play in a different key.  Full instructions are given in the Converse "Green" book.  No patent clamps, twisting pegs or mousetraps needed. Johnny, this is a very cool banjo!  I understood…"
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"Super neat banjo!"
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"Oh right. No, no device I'm afraid."
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"Sorry I didn't well articulate what I meant.  When I typed "easily changed" I meant with regard to the key you want to play in.  I thought that perhaps there was some device you came up with to significantly shorten the 5th…"
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"Hi Al. The 5th string is no harder to change than any other banjo. You just need to poke it down the slot and into the hole in the peg. Regarding a capo you could just tune up the string. They can generally take it. This banjo wasnt designed with…"
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"Please explain more.  Is there something about the 5th string that allows it to be easily changed and, with the use of some capo device gives the option of playing in different keys.  Reminded me of a backgammon board, at first sight."
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
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How long have you played banjo?
18months
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
open back gold tone, cookie tin bano, fretless tackhead, gourd banjo

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At 8:36am on July 3, 2010, Rob MacKillop said…
Hi John. Happy to be your friend. Nice looking banjos in your photos!
At 2:23pm on March 9, 2012, Steve Jeter said…

They have been so far.  A Bell Sticher is in my near future though! yee haw!! as we saw

At 10:48am on September 16, 2014, Strumelia said…

Hey Flatfoot-  You play well.  Are you still making and playing banjers?  Would like to see more of your playing, and your banjos!

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