Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

John Salicco
  • Tacoma, WA
  • United States
  • 50 years
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John Salicco replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Pitch and Tuning
"Mark, I completely agree with your observation and would add that many, in the best folk instrument tradition, had home made instruments, often self-made, until Sweeney popularized the 5 string style that has pretty well dominated ever since."
Mar 24, 2016
John Salicco replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Need Help Identifying this Instrument
"The peg head in particular strongly resembles a baroque or Neoplolitan mandolin. http://www.mandolinserenade.com/hist.html This instrument was one of the first to have steel strings."
Mar 24, 2016
John Salicco replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Pitch and Tuning
"Great pics!  Thanks for the posting."
Mar 24, 2016
John Salicco replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Pitch and Tuning
"I was passing through and noticed this conversation.  I remember way back, we're talking about forty years ago, when I first started exploring open blues tunings on the guitar, I learned Open D (DADF#AD) as "Vestapol" or…"
Mar 23, 2016
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Jun 18, 2014
John Salicco replied to CURTIS PAYNE's discussion what year were steal strings introduced on the banjo?
"Thank you.  I was able to find it on line with no difficulty.  I saved it to a PDF and will use it update my steel strings article on my site. There was a bonus for me as well.  There was an ad in the yearbook for Ponds Extract, a…"
Apr 9, 2014
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Boucher banjo and coffin case

"The red in the upholstery blends well with the banjo."
Apr 7, 2014
John Salicco commented on Tim Twiss's video
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Kate Kearny Waltz

"Very nice."
Apr 7, 2014
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John Salicco is now friends with Leonidas (Lee) Jones, Dan'l, Strumelia and 2 more
Apr 7, 2014
Leonidas (Lee) Jones commented on John Salicco's photo
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The 49er

"Tim, you send John the measurements and he builds the case to suit. Check out the picture on his site of the rectangular case, he has one of his gourds sitting in it. He should be able to make a case for just about anything, though if the…"
Apr 7, 2014
Tim Twiss commented on John Salicco's photo
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The 49er

"Gourd cases too?"
Apr 7, 2014
Canaan Myskowski commented on John Salicco's photo
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The 49er

"O_O Nice Banjos!"
Apr 7, 2014

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Referred by a former customer
How long have you played banjo?
50 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
1 Washburn (steel string); several gourd/ minstrel fretless

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At 6:37pm on April 4, 2014, Leonidas (Lee) Jones said…
Hey John, Welcome!
At 7:02pm on April 4, 2014, Rob Morrison said…

John--Welcome to the site.  In a very short time you taught me everything I know about mares' tails and Victorian waterproofing.

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