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Written by C.A. White. Published 1874. Banjo by James Hartel, Sweeney Model

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Comment by Mark Weems on December 21, 2016 at 1:17pm
Great job, I love this song, since I first heard John Hartford do it back in the 90's! The solutions of course to having to go back to Dixie, is never to leave in the first place!
Comment by Al Smitley on December 21, 2016 at 2:25pm

Nice job!  I also have a Hartel Sweeney model.  Is that your modification or his?

Comment by Tom Berghan on December 21, 2016 at 3:25pm
Thanks Al! The modifications are mine. The plate is cut from a thin sheet of brass and applied with 3M low adhesive double stick tape (easily removable) and the frets are tied-frets of sheep's gut as was done for centuries in Europe on lutes and guitars. Is it historically correct? No. Do I care? No. ;-) Do I like it? Yes!
Comment by Al Smitley on December 21, 2016 at 3:45pm

I presume that you know I didn't mean anything by my question, and besides.....who knows how people may have made similar modifications to suit their favor?  Perhaps there has been evidence(?)

Comment by Tom Berghan on December 21, 2016 at 4:02pm
Oh I know Al! I did not take it that way at at all. I was just hunkerin' down in case the "historical bureaucrats" tried to lob a grenade at me! (Smiling!). I showed it to Jim Hartel and he said he liked it and said "Hey Tom, you're the player! Make it work for you!"
Comment by anthony Derycke on May 23, 2017 at 4:57pm
Great!! I love this :)
And the Hartel Also


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