"Bill Ball wrote his own piano accompaniment for 'Progressions' perhaps you could ask his son Fred Determan if he could help you with that one. The Rachmaninoff should be easy to find. As to the original piano scores used by Van Eps'…"
"My mind isn't what it was, I easily get confused. The piano scores will be available on the internet on one of the 'free scores' sites I would think, but they might not be in the same key as the banjo arrangements."
"The Van Eps arrangements of 'Ragtime Oriole' and 'Grace and Beauty' are on this site in the Tutor Book department - Van Eps Banjo Solos.
The cover is confusing as it looks as if it's just the 'Maple Leaf Rag'. "
"The Van Eps arrangement is on this site in the tutor book department, 'Van Eps Banjo Solos'. I did the 'spindly copy' many years ago for my own use and before the computer music writing programmes had been invented. 'March…"
"I agree with you, the regular replacing of the vellum was just to keep the CE Co. in business, likewise I'm sure that composers of banjo music were encouraged to put plenty of 4th string slides into their work to promote the sales of 4th…"
"To be clear, the finish on the neck of my JE Dallas zither-banjo is the same as on the back of the pot of both mine and the one on eBay (is "Resonator" the right word for the back of a zither-banjo?). Another possible difference is…"
"It's also interesting that you mentioned the neck, Carrie. The neck seems to have its finish stripped. The neck on my Dallas zb has a bit of gloss. The heel carvings are similar on the two banjos. But the neck of mine (#6633) is of several…"
"It's interesting that it went for so much. I posted a link on Banjo Hangout on the Collectors Forum but no-one came back with any information about the maker however, some ideas that it could have been made by Lange. Anyway, it is…"
"It's a bit of a gamble at that price as there may be some hidden defects and it will need some time, effort and money to bring it back to life, but it is a fancy banjo and will repay the investment. Lipoff seems to have been a violinist and may…"
"Wow! Really nice. There's also a JE Dallas 5-string that might be good and a lot less expensive. I keep trying to post the URL but instead I get hundreds of characters. And there's a TIP TOP JE Dallas Zither-Banjo at a lower…"