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String et al suggestions 14 Replies

Started by Eric Womersley in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Jody Stecher 2 hours ago.

Horace Weston, W. P. Dabney, Sweeney, et al. 4 Replies

Started by F. Chris Ware in Classic Banjo. Last reply by carrie horgan 8 hours ago.

Someting's strange. 22 Replies

Started by Joel Hooks in Uncategorized. Last reply by John Cohen yesterday.

The Darktown Dandy (1898)...Joseph W. Lerman 3 Replies

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo. Last reply by carrie horgan Jun 19.

12th.Street Rag (1915)...Euday Lewis Bowman. 6 Replies

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo. Last reply by carrie horgan Jun 18.

The Bell Telephone Girl (1909)..Ida Furman-Multiner 2 Replies

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Steve Harrison Jun 17.

Tickle Toes - A Toe Tickler, William Penn 21 Replies

Started by Trapdoor2 in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Hal Allert Jun 16.

Back from St Gervasy 2016 2 Replies

Started by marc dalmasso in Classic Banjo. Last reply by marc dalmasso Jun 14.

Tar Babies Rag (1911)..Chas. L. Johnson

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo Jun 13.

Many good banjos 2 Replies

Started by Jody Stecher in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jun 11.

Southern Hospitality (1899)..Arthur Willard Pryor. 2 Replies

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Steve Harrison Jun 4.

Blacksmith Rag (1920)..Harold Pinder aka Rednip 6 Replies

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Jody Stecher Jun 3.

SERVER PROBLEM 3 Replies

Started by thereallyniceman in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Trapdoor2 May 31.

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Started by thereallyniceman in Classic Banjo May 31.

Harvest Hop (1908)..C. L. Johnson.

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo May 30.

Champagne Rag (1910)...Joseph Lamb 3 Replies

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo. Last reply by carrie horgan May 29.

Barber Pole Rag (1911)....Chas. L. Johnson 6 Replies

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Steve Harrison May 27.

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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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Alfred Barten commented on carrie horgan's video
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Razzle Dazzle (cakewalk)

"Nice tune, nice rendition."
30 minutes ago
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"Believe it or not, (but it's true), not once, but twice I have had banjos that came into my possession strung with strings of all the same gauge! "
2 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"You should read my article in the issue before last of the 5- Stringer about bridges."
5 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"I'm a little different. For a bridge I cut a heavy plastic domino in half lengthwise. For strings I use fishing line --- .025 for all strings except the fourth, kite string makes the best fourth you can get. I make my own heads from store brand…"
5 hours ago
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Kyrene (An Oriental Intermezzo 1903) ..Etilmon Justus Stark.

I was unable to find a score for this so had to work from a midi transcript. It's an interesting composition with plenty of variety however it doesn't sound very oriental, the opening section has more of a Latin feel to it. The composer was the son…See More
6 hours ago
marc dalmasso replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"Fyberskin is just perfect for Wall hanging banjos ..............."
7 hours ago
Eric Womersley replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"Interestingly enough, although my MM150 has a fibreskyn head, the standard model from the factory comes with a renaissance! Is it safe to assume that Goldtone do this because they believe it produces the best tone?"
7 hours ago
John Cohen replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"Back in the early '50s the American Banjo Fraternity recommended .017, .019, .022, ..024w, .017."
7 hours ago
Eric Womersley replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"It's a good job I didn't ask about bridges! :-) Seriously, thank you one and all for your thoughts. There must be so many permutations given the variety of strings, heads, bridges & tail pieces (have I missed anything out?). I'm…"
7 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"I really don't like Ren heads on anything...god knows, I've tried 'em. As the resident banjo mechanic, I have removed lots of Rens and installed 'other' stuff. The trend here is to ditch the treble and find your 'inner…"
8 hours ago
carrie horgan replied to F. Chris Ware's discussion Horace Weston, W. P. Dabney, Sweeney, et al.
"How interesting - and what a great photograph.  That is what is so great about the Abbott and Seroff books; it's like musical archaeology, bringing the past to life through these lost artefacts; old newspaper cuttings and…"
8 hours ago
thereallyniceman replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"You are correct Jody and Marc, they is no substitute for experimentation to see and hear what "YOU" like.  It is all very odd that the Fibreskyn on Jody's Regal sounded good, but a standard frosted Remo (completely different…"
9 hours ago
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"I have gotten the best, most responsive, loudest, sweetest, most musical response from a Fiberskyn head (using gut or nylon or nylgut strings) on a Clifford Essex Regal, a Bacon Professional and a Bart Reiter Grand Concert banjo. I have used them…"
9 hours ago
thereallyniceman replied to F. Chris Ware's discussion Horace Weston, W. P. Dabney, Sweeney, et al.
""The one-eyed man is king among blind men". Something for us all to remember. That describes to a T playing Classic Style in front of players of other banjo styles. Few can play any classic style and it always looks and sounds impressive…"
9 hours ago
thereallyniceman replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"Ouch Marc... Renaissance poor? I have fitted the Remo Renaissance heads to almost all my banjos and they give a bright, responsive treble and full, mellow, bass sound for me, when using CE Medium strings and a maple (Morley style) two footed…"
10 hours ago
Richard Bugdal commented on German David Patarroyo's video
12 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"Yup, everyone likes something different. Experiment! I consider the Renaissance head a poor choice and the Fiberskyn to be just fine. My #1 preference will always be a good Calfskin (not too thin). I also don't like very thin strings. The…"
13 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to F. Chris Ware's discussion Horace Weston, W. P. Dabney, Sweeney, et al.
"Very cool article!"
13 hours ago
Steve Harrison replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"Hi Eric, When I first acquired my Windsor popular No.1, I had to experiment with quite a few different strings before I found what suited it. I eventually chose Nylgut medium with a Clifford Essex heavy 4th. They gave the banjo a crisp, snappy sound…"
19 hours ago
John Cohen replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"For an Electric tone ring, I would install a medium-thin calfskin or a Renaissance head.  The Fyberskin is an abomination and will kill the tone and volume.  For strings I recommend Labella 17's, although it really comes down to…"
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