Brice Alms
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Stuck tension hooks.
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I had disassembled my old 1920s Supertone Ragtime King Banjo to inspect all the shoes, hooks, nuts, and screws. 5 or 6 hooks were stuck in the shoes because the screws are going all the way through…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jul 6.

Metal screw nut with nylon strings?
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I had put nylgut 5b…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jul 3.

Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
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I am learning classic banjo and all the books I have seen are notation. Are there tablature instruction books?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jun 23.

What nylon strings do you recommend for banjo.
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I'm been trying to string my old ragtime King banjo with nylgut red 11b strings and broke the 1st string, possibly from the knot I used. I was wondering what kind of nylon strings that can be tuned…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Jun 22.

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Daniel Bradbury commented on Brice Alms's video
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Sugar Cane Dance on a Supertone Ragtime King Banjo.

"Nicely played Bruce.  That is down-stroke playing, yes?"
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Sugar Cane Dance on a Supertone Ragtime King Banjo.

I recently got a Supertone Ragtime king banjo from the early 1920s. I'm using La Bella Nylon Classic Banjo Strings.
Jul 8
Trapdoor2 replied to Brice Alms's discussion Stuck tension hooks.
"Yah, like Ian sez, old banjos can be a complete mix-up of parts. I have found that, generally speaking, banjos such as yours have had the screws tightened down many times over the years and the wood underneath has simply squashed down allowing the…"
Jul 6
thereallyniceman replied to Brice Alms's discussion Stuck tension hooks.
"Yes!  Many old banjos were comprised of all handmade parts, nuts, bolts, shoes, screws all individually made! When the banjo was first assembled some of the shoes were probably slightly thicker than others so the screws from the inside made…"
Jul 5
Brice Alms posted a discussion

Stuck tension hooks.

I had disassembled my old 1920s Supertone Ragtime King Banjo to inspect all the shoes, hooks, nuts, and screws. 5 or 6 hooks were stuck in the shoes because the screws are going all the way through the inside of the shoe. Has anybody in this group seen this on your old banjos.…See More
Jul 4
Trapdoor2 replied to Brice Alms's discussion Metal screw nut with nylon strings?
"No different than the normal nut (or bridge), the notch should be fitted properly to the string you are using. Nylguts are well known to be sensitive to cuts and abrasion...the nut should have been filed or dressed to fit and to remove any sharp…"
Jul 3
Brice Alms posted a discussion

Metal screw nut with nylon strings?

I had put nylgut 5b classic banjo red series strings on my Supertone Ragtime King banjo. While I was tuning, I noticed that the 5th string screw nut was cutting into the string. I eventually broke the string while tuning. Im changing to la bela nylon strings. Should I change the nut?See More
Jul 2
Trapdoor2 replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
"I agree, it is really about how the individual learns. Dobson claimed to have some students who could not get the hang of notation, so he re-invented lute tablature for the banjo. It was terrible stuff then...and well deserved the derision. However,…"
Jun 23
Jody Stecher replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
"You are right that banjo tab has gotten better and yes, it is the same as guitar (etc) tab in presenting what is skyward at the bottom and what is earthward at the top. It's still upside down to my subjective brain. My comment was meant to…"
Jun 23
Trapdoor2 replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
"Since I 'grew up' with tab, it is my default. Makes total sense to me. For whatever reason, Tab has been represented with the 5th string on the bottom since day 1 (Dobson, 1877, I believe). To me, it makes perfect sense as when I hold the…"
Jun 23
Jody Stecher replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
"For some people ( I am one) reading and writing tablature is more difficult than doing the same with staff notation.  Staff notation is literally a map of the music it represents.  A higher note is higher on the grid and a lower note is…"
Jun 23
thereallyniceman replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
"Take my advice (and that of many others on here!) . You have put the effort into learning the Tablature and that is only of use for one instrument... why not put the effort into learning the basics on Notation that will be useful for EVERY…"
Jun 23
Trapdoor2 replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
"The Clifford Essex book is the only one I know of. However, don't skip the "Learn To Play" section here. It is a tab up above ^. Wonderful videos there, one even deals with reading Tab vs notation. So, lots of resources right here! If…"
Jun 23
david caron replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
Jun 23
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Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?

I am learning classic banjo and all the books I have seen are notation. Are there tablature instruction books?See More
Jun 23
thereallyniceman replied to Brice Alms's discussion What nylon strings do you recommend for banjo.
"I second Marc's suggestion. I now use Clifford Essex Medium strings, but for beginners I would suggest the Heavy gauge. The heavy gauge seem to be better at building up the calluses on the fingertips that give the characteristic tone of…"
Jun 22

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