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Early Ossman recording interest...
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Hi fellas,     I'm interested in trying to find early examples of how Vess' banjo sounded when he first started recording, perhaps when he was using a Morrison. After researching, the earliest…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Texican65 yesterday.

Proper vellum tension...
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Hello all,Once a new vellum has been stretched and properly fit, as far as snugging it up/tightening, how taught should it be? Going for as crisp/bright a treble sound that I can get on a 90's…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Texican65 yesterday.

Member update!
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Greetings lads & ladies,     My name is Dow, I joined the site a few years ago, but let life get in the way of my banjo playing, and i have not been active...that is until recently. My wife and I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Sep 7.

Vellum choice/thickness
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Greetings! I've been working on an old Morrison banjo and just about have her all polished and cleaned up to my liking. I still need a vellum for it, and I've seen many different types available. I'd…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Mar 14, 2015.

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Early Ossman recording interest...

Hi fellas,     I'm interested in trying to find early examples of how Vess' banjo sounded when he first started recording, perhaps when he was using a Morrison. After researching, the earliest documentation I could find for his recordings were two songs he did in 1893 for North American Phonograph, they were the "Washington Post March", and "Love's Sweet Honor."     Then in 1894 under the same label, there are several song listings....most notably recognizable is his "Yankee Doodle" version…See More
Sep 12
Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion Proper vellum tension...
"Thanks very much Shawn and Ian. I'd never thought of that before, the 120 year old rim with all that pressure on it, potentially warping it out of round. Something to take extra precaution with. Thanks for the additional info Shawn...and…"
Sep 10
thereallyniceman replied to Texican65's discussion Proper vellum tension...
"Hi Dow, Like Shawn says... tight, but not TOO tight. I have never tried to tune a head to a particular note. I am sure it works, but I have never heard of it being done on a Classic Style banjo. Watch my…"
Sep 10
Shawn McSweeny replied to Texican65's discussion Proper vellum tension...
"In the old days, it wasn't unusual to tighten a head to the bursting point.   Increasing tension to approach that level on your 120 year old rim, (doing so gradually, a fraction of a turn, each nut in…"
Sep 10
Texican65 posted a discussion

Proper vellum tension...

Hello all,Once a new vellum has been stretched and properly fit, as far as snugging it up/tightening, how taught should it be? Going for as crisp/bright a treble sound that I can get on a 90's Morrison...is the head tuned like a bluegrass mylar head...to G#...or Bb like some prefer....or much lower than that? Is the use of a drum dial still preferred, or tap tuning?thanks,DowSee More
Sep 9
Trapdoor2 replied to Texican65's discussion Member update!
"Tommy Glynn died in 1897 @ 25yrs old. AFAIK, typhoid fever got him before he could do any recording."
Sep 7
Hal Allert left a comment for Texican65
"I would love to get together but we're on opposite sides of the state I'm in Spokane. You might check out my website it is classic banjo.com. if you ever get over to Spokane you should let me know. How long have you been playing? What kind…"
Sep 7
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Sep 7
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Member update!

Greetings lads & ladies,     My name is Dow, I joined the site a few years ago, but let life get in the way of my banjo playing, and i have not been active...that is until recently. My wife and I just had our first baby a few weeks ago, a little girl. It's strange to explain, but having this baby watching and learning from me everyday has instilled in me a new flame to play music for her, as well as myself. Hopefully I can pass on to her the interest and capability to become a player and…See More
Sep 7
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"One of my favorite morley tunes....sounds so good on your banjo Shawn. Great work!  Dow"
Sep 6
Shawn McSweeny left a comment for Texican65
"Hi Dow   Let folks here know how things work out with your Morrison renewal.."
Mar 17, 2015
Trapdoor2 replied to Texican65's discussion Vellum choice/thickness
"Wise folks here. All I can do is relate my experiences. I have used both calf and goat, mottled and white. The calfskin heads I've used have always been "harder" than the goat. I've never kept a goatskin on any banjo for…"
Mar 14, 2015
Shawn McSweeny replied to Texican65's discussion Vellum choice/thickness
"Elderly Instruments have goat and calf heads,  different diameters and grades. You'll need a 16" diam. head. Medium thickness should be fine. Elderly prices  according to quality are : $13.50, $34.50, $48, $58, $75. If you have…"
Mar 14, 2015
Jody Stecher replied to Texican65's discussion Vellum choice/thickness
"To add to my reply: the chief characteristic sound of Van Eps and Ossman was short sustain. more that than brightness.  A Remo plastic head will add reverb and sustain and you might not want that. So a natural vellum or a Ren head are better…"
Mar 14, 2015
Jody Stecher replied to Texican65's discussion Vellum choice/thickness
"As far as I know there is no difference in sound quality between mottled vellums and pure white bleached evenly colored ones and between these and everything in between. Ossman used different banjos and I'm guessing he used what he could get…"
Mar 14, 2015
Texican65 replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"A couple weeks ago on the "hangout", somebody posted about Rev. Gary Davis playing 6 string banjo. Myself having never experinced a black bluesman playing banjo...I checked it out and..SON...it's well worth a listen...I liked it…"
Feb 22, 2015

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At 1:37 on January 28, 2015, Randall Ferguson said…
No, I'm sorry, it was sold a few years ago.
At 3:15 on March 17, 2015, Shawn McSweeny said…

Hi Dow   Let folks here know how things work out with your Morrison renewal..

At 19:10 on September 7, 2017, Hal Allert said…
I would love to get together but we're on opposite sides of the state I'm in Spokane. You might check out my website it is classic banjo.com. if you ever get over to Spokane you should let me know. How long have you been playing? What kind of songs have you been learning?

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