Hi John thanks for the clarification on the Classifieds. i do make a living making just gourdies and love to share what I have. I usually sell on e Bay and always have several there. As you suggest, I will limit what I have and jsut share.
Hi John, Thanks for the kind comments. I'm really delighted at the way the Minstrel Banjo website, which I try to follow ever day, is progressing. For many years I just assumed that the minstrel banjo era would remain inaccessible to researchers. It's amazing, therefore, to see the proliferation of new information (and early banjos!!!) that seems to be coming out of the woodwork on a nearly daily basis. (It's also very gratifying to see makers like yourself recreating the old instruments.) I mainly collect early materials on Japanese entertainers in America and Europe in the 1860s and 1870s. But I also have a pretty good collection now of minstrel broadsides, penny ballads, illustrated song sheets (by the Ethiopian Serenaders, the Virginia Minstrels, the Christy's, et.al.), and 19th century newspaper engravings of banjo players. I'll try to post some of this stuff on the Minstrel Banjo website when I can find the time. Meanwhile, though, I'm just enjoying everyone else's comments. All Best, Bob
I look forward to meeting you, too. I am new to early banjo. But I am intrigued. I am playing a fretless tackhead open back and loving it. I'm still not entirely sure how to register. But I will be there. See you.
I wrote to Tim Twiss about this and he, in turn, suggested I write to you.
It might be what prompted him to inquire as to the technological capabilities of this website.
I explained to him that I had began to tire at searching through the four early banjo tutorials for song/tune titles, especially those whose listings are not in alphabetical order. I decided to enter the titles into an Excell spreadsheet to simplify future searches. I also cross-referenced some tunes such as those beginning with "The" or "De", for example, so that they would be found as they were listed as well as by the common method of alphabetizing by the next word.
As I explained to Tim, I would be surprised if someone on the list has not already done this and perhaps has offered it to list members. If not, however, I would be willing to do so.........but do not know the best way to offer it.
I think it would be best to offer it as an Excell file (not one that is "read only") since they might want to format it differently or add other sources to it.
Any suggestions? I could send it to you if I had your regular email address.
Thanks for the welcome. And the time you spent talking to me at the Reclaiming Our Heritage Weekend. Meeting you was the highlight for me. I'm real excited to search this site and make my move into minstrel banjo. Hope to see you again real soon.
John, it seems our paths might cross at Gettysburg (Blue Gray Alliance) event this year (2013). On FB I have sent your wife a few messages. She said that you are also interested in Accordeons, and have a Concertina that you play. If you are interested you can also check out our web page www.VictorianAccordeon.com We most likely know several persons in common. Andy
thanks for the warm welcomes. I have been playing clawhammer banjo for about two years. I just bought a minstrel banjo kit in the mail. I will have to sand and stain it and put it together. Here is the question for you minstrel banjo players. Do you play the minstrel banjo the same as the clawhammer banjo?
Hi John, Ezra told me about this site. Looking forward to reading up. Hope to get a chance to meet you at Minooka. Were going to be playing in our camp Saturday night, come on by. Ben was raving about your actual bone bones....can you recommend a source for those? Take care.