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Vess Ossman's recorded voice...

Hey guys,I recently purchased an old Yazoo LP album from 1973 called "Fred Van Eps and Vess L. Ossman, Kings of the Ragtime Banjo". i'm sure most of you have seen it, its a white cover with drawn…Continue

Started Nov 13

Ossman technique question
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Hi there,In my practicing/learning his version of "Dixie", I've got a question about his right hand finger technique in a certain part of the song. You can hear what I'm inquiring about in his 1905…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Oct 31.

Another string action post...
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Hi guys,     Getting closer to having the Morrison back in service. While discussing a few final repairs and adjustments...my luthier asked me how I wanted the action? Although she has worked on many…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen Oct 4.

Rust spots on vellum...
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Greetings gentlemen,I am in a bit of predicament here and need some kind advice please. After fitting a high quality Stern Tanning Co. thin calfskin head to my 1890s Morrison pot, 24 hours later upon…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Sep 20.

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Vess Ossman's recorded voice...

Hey guys,I recently purchased an old Yazoo LP album from 1973 called "Fred Van Eps and Vess L. Ossman, Kings of the Ragtime Banjo". i'm sure most of you have seen it, its a white cover with drawn images of both men sitting and playing banjos with recording horns behind them. The album has 5-6 different songs recorded by each of them from the early 1900s, later made available on 33 rpm LP, which is this record. Anyways....there's a song named "Rusty Rags Medley", played by Ossman, and in the…See More
Nov 13
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"WOW Pip....that sounded so good....especially like Ian previously said, since you have only been playing 6 months. clean, clear, smooth...keep it up, and how special to have a treasure like that, that belonged to your grandfather. Who are your banjo…"
Nov 13
Jody Stecher replied to Texican65's discussion Ossman technique question
"It's a triplet followed by another note or by all three notes played at once as a chord. Call it a quadruplet or diddly-bum or twiddly bits or whatever. Separate fingers as you describe is what he's doing. When this is done with the back…"
Oct 31
Texican65 posted a discussion

Ossman technique question

Hi there,In my practicing/learning his version of "Dixie", I've got a question about his right hand finger technique in a certain part of the song. You can hear what I'm inquiring about in his 1905 recorded version "Turkey in the Straw Medley". During the intro to Dixie, he starts off in standard C tuning, and is playing in the low C chord position, then to the middle C position, then moves to an F at the 9th/10th frets, then high C up at the 12th fret. If somebody was singing the song, it…See More
Oct 30
Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion Early Ossman recording interest...
"Ah...very true Shawn! An established bluegrass player once told me the same thing about Scruggs, and how his sound came from his hands as well. I will keep searching for those lost recordings, I'll let ya know what I come up with....even if its…"
Sep 18
Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion Proper vellum tension...
"Ok...thanks a lot Marc! "
Sep 18
Trapdoor2 replied to Texican65's discussion Proper vellum tension...
"gCGBD, unless you're playing a tune that says, "Bass to D" or "Raised Bass", then you tune gDGBD. Even if you're reading in A notation, you'll want to tune to gCGBD. That's the way it was done (for the most…"
Sep 18
Shawn McSweeny replied to Texican65's discussion Early Ossman recording interest...
"If you are so very lucky as to find any such very early recording, congratulations !! However,  I doubt it will help you much in your present quest.  The expected poor condition and marginal sound quality of such recordings offer…"
Sep 18
Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion Proper vellum tension...
"Also guys....when this banjo is ready to go....how shall I tune it? What was the standard tuning in the 1890s....the old A....or standard C? Or something else?  Dow"
Sep 17
Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion Early Ossman recording interest...
"Nothin' huh? Well...I'm still searching for those early recordings...I will not yield. In trying to date when Vess was playing the Morrison....can anybody remember the year that the photo of him and Tommy Glynn sitting side-by-side at…"
Sep 17
Texican65 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Chris Cloffi. Personal chat, his banjos, his workshop and love for Classic Style
"Hey Chris ol' buddy...good to see ya back on here again! Everybody.....Chris is the man I bought the 1890s Morrison from a few years ago...which by-the-way Chris, is in Cat Fox's shop here in Seattle being restored. Finally got her all…"
Sep 17

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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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