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Clifford Essex Professional Tone 8 Replies

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Existing S.S. Stewart Special Thoroughbreds 7 Replies

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The Passing Of Ragtime (1902)...Arthur Pryor. 6 Replies

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Edwin (Eddie to many back in the '60s) Sparkes 4 Replies

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Any tricks for using high bridges? 1 Reply

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Short Scale Banjos 21 Replies

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Tangle Foot Rag (1906)...Fleta Jan Brown

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo Apr 22.

Tanglefoot Rag (1910)...Frank Hoyt Losey 5 Replies

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Steve Harrison Apr 20.

Banjo Tuners 3 Replies

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UPDATED TODAY: “THE WORKS OF JOE MORLEY” Project 4 Replies

Started by thereallyniceman in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Anthony Peabody Apr 17.

Florida Rag (1905)...G.L.Lowrey

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo Apr 17.

Another Clifford Essex Banjo on EBay

Started by Eric Womersley in Classic Banjo Apr 16.

Florida Rag by George Lowry 4 Replies

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Steve Harrison Apr 15.

Yankee Bird (1910)...Charles L. Johnson

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo Apr 15.

Joe Morley & Clifford Essex

Started by Uncle Tacko! in Classic Banjo Apr 14.

THIS is how to hold a banjo! 13 Replies

Started by thereallyniceman in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Jody Stecher Apr 14.

Advice on tuning pegs

Started by Daniel Bradbury in Classic Banjo Apr 13.

WANTED: Piano Part for "Chop Suey" by Emile Grimshaw 5 Replies

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Blog Posts

Robert Parker, sound engineer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Parker_(sound_engineer)

 
    Have Parker's techniques been applied to old classic-banjo recordings? He had a Public Radio program in the '80s of jazz from Edison cylinders and up through 78 RPM, and the fidelity is remarkable.

Posted by B. Williams on December 26, 2015 at 14:12

Sylvester L. Ossman info

Somehow, I cannot post a .pdf file to the ongoing discussion, so I'll post it here.

This is the US Census record for Sylvester Ossman, Musician, for 1910. It shows the full family at the time, including Sylvester Jr.

They were living in Palisades Park, New Jersey.

Ossman Census record…

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Posted by Trapdoor2 on December 6, 2015 at 18:44

 

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Joel Hooks commented on Samurai Banjo's video
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Sunflower Dance, SuSu,Tokyo 2016

"Classic banjo is alive! (just not in the US)."
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Joel Hooks commented on Samurai Banjo's photo
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S.S.Stewart Banjos

"Wire strings!?!"
4 hours ago
John Cohen replied to Clifford Judge's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Tone
"My CE Pro is a monster- super bright and incredibly loud.  I have a very tight Renaissance head on it and use a two-foot SS Stewart pattern bridge.  My strings are LaBella 17's.  When playing in a moderately sized room I do stuff…"
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Trapdoor2 commented on thereallyniceman's video
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Tying a non-slip knot on a nylon classic banjo string.

"Don't worry, if that last cell goes...you'll grow another. Nature abhors a vacuum!"
9 hours ago
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thereallyniceman commented on thereallyniceman's video
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Tying a non-slip knot on a nylon classic banjo string.

"I have been busy cleaning up all the rubbish on my computer hard drive and came across this: HOW TO TIE A NON SLIPPING LOOP ON A NYLON STRING Goodness knows how old this is or where I got it. ... Oh my brain cell is fading   8-{"
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Trapdoor2 commented on Samurai Banjo's photo
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S.S.Stewart Banjos

"Lovely! That 'regular banjo' sure has some interesting inlays. I don't think I've seen that pattern before. If I ever get to visit my birthplace (Sagamihara), I'll bring my Stewart Cello-Banjo...then we can have a full…"
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S.S.Stewart Banjos

In order from leftLittle Wander piccolo banjo,Banjeaurine,regular Banjo,Orchestra Banjo,
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David Wade is attending thereallyniceman's event
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Midlands and North Banjo Rally at Clowne Community Centre

April 23, 2016 from 12am to 5pm
Exclusively for Classic Style Banjo playing, but all are welcome to attend.  If you don't play just come along and listen!There will be trade stands, general chat and an afternoon informal concert.See More
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Trapdoor2 commented on Samurai Banjo's video
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Sunflower Dance at SuSu,Tokyo 2016-04-29

"No need for Weavers, that looks like an "all Stewart" ensemble. Excellent work, well played...I enjoyed that a lot!"
14 hours ago
thereallyniceman commented on thereallyniceman's event 'Midlands and North Banjo Rally'
"Dave has sent a few photos that were taken by Carolyn at the meeting. A great time had by all ! "
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Steve Harrison commented on Samurai Banjo's video
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Sunflower Dance at SuSu,Tokyo 2016-04-29

"It's great to see that classic banjo has now reached Japan, I wonder how long it will be before they figure out how to make replica Weaver banjos?..Steve."
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thereallyniceman commented on Samurai Banjo's video
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Sunflower Dance at SuSu,Tokyo 2016-04-29

"Very Very Good ! I really like live playing and it is a pleasure to see that Classic Banjo is alive and well in Japan. Thank you for posting the video and please thank all the players for their excellent performance. Ian"
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Joel Hooks replied to Richard Katz's discussion Existing S.S. Stewart Special Thoroughbreds
"Here is a better scan of that Stuber pic-- the original print version was not very good. "
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Shawn McSweeny replied to Richard Katz's discussion Existing S.S. Stewart Special Thoroughbreds
"In the (unlikely) event that certain retailers wish to be enlightened, parts of the Stewart catalogue are excerpted below, with info pertinent to the higher grade Sp. Th. and Orch. highlighted.   Below is the Orch. No…"
Saturday
Joel Hooks replied to Richard Katz's discussion Existing S.S. Stewart Special Thoroughbreds
"I cannot add anything about a list, but I would like to point out that Swaim's idea of a perfect banjo had little more than small squares or diamonds on the fingerboard.  The thought was that a pro could have repair work done anywhere on…"
Saturday
thereallyniceman replied to Richard Katz's discussion Existing S.S. Stewart Special Thoroughbreds
"Yes Shawn, Thanks for the clarification again. As we discussed on site recently the model No 4 does not exist from SSS. Banjos of the appearance have been sold as "No 4" by dealers both to distinguish them from the No3...and make them…"
Saturday
Richard Katz replied to Richard Katz's discussion Existing S.S. Stewart Special Thoroughbreds
"Hi Shawn, Thanks for the clarification and the photos!"
Saturday
Shawn McSweeny replied to Richard Katz's discussion Existing S.S. Stewart Special Thoroughbreds
"The regular Special Thoroughbred was the very best banjo Stewart could make for $40.00, and it sold extremely well. Many, many survivors have appeared on ebay and dealer sites over the last decade or so. It is not a rare banjo by any means. I'm…"
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