Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

October 2013 Blog Posts (3)

Possible 1870s HC Dobson?

Just got this old banjo on eBay. It was listed as homemade or folk art, which is why there were no serious bidders.

I think it is an 1870s  H.C. Dobson, before he went to the more conventional design in the 1880s.

Any thoughts, pro or con about that I.D.? Haven't taken it apart yet, so don't know if it says  Dobson inside the pot.

Jim Jacquet

​Olympia, WA…


Added by Jim Jacquet on October 28, 2013 at 7:56pm — 28 Comments

old minstrel banjo

With the generous help of Eric Prust, in Sequim, WA, and a beautiful tailpiece from Joel Hooks, the old minstrel banjo is playable! Wonderful, deep sound! Playing it with nylgut strings tuned down low.
Thanks to everyone for their positive feedback!

Added by Jim Jacquet on October 22, 2013 at 9:42pm — 8 Comments

Man on the Flying Trapeze

No doubt, this song is a keeper. Played it today at it worked well.

Added by Tim Twiss on October 3, 2013 at 7:11pm — 3 Comments


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