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The "Fan-Tan" stroke?
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Hello everybody,while looking at old issues of the Crescendo magazine (available here :…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson Dec 11, 2017.

"The famous Van Eps Trio in A bit of jazz" (1921)
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Hello everyone,does anybody happen to know if that early sound-film (Kellum process) featuring Fred Van Eps and that is luckily preserved with both image and sound apparently in the UCLA film archive…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Cioffi Nov 14, 2015.

Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
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Hello everybody,While searching for banjo records on a french radio website I stumbled upon this emission broadcasted in 2013, in which you can listen to two banjo records (which I find really…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Sep 1.

"Persiflage" by Fred Van Eps - sheet music?
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Hello everybody,I'm new to this discussion board - I'm still a beginner with the banjo, as I got my first one less than one year ago, and been playing since then - though not making much progress,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by marc dalmasso Nov 10, 2014.

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Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"That thin string just below her thumb is what I was calling "the fifth". But now that I see the 6 strings on the peghead I guess it's the seventh.  In any case I meant the short string.  I wonder if either one is a banjo…"
Sep 1
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"We are seeing the same thing. I wrote reflexively, automatically calling the short drone string "the fifth" which on this banjo is the wrong number."
Sep 1
Trapdoor2 replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"If you zoom in to the headstock of her banjo, she's got strings run to all 6 tuners. The 7th (5th) tuner is geared and the string is very light in color (barely visible along the neck). The bass string (6th) is dark and easy to see. The 1st and…"
Sep 1
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Ooh, thanks for pointing out these details. I see all you are describing on *his* banjo. And I had missed noticing any of it. On hers I think I see a total of five strings. Look at her C chord.  Her index finger almost touches the third string.…"
Sep 1
Trapdoor2 replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"And...they're both strung as 7-string banjos. This is a great, very well focused photo. You can zoom in quite far. The tuner arrangement on his banjo is pure lunacy (at least I think so). The main outer strings (bass an treble) both run to the…"
Sep 1
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"I sent the Hosea Easton photo to Paul Hostetter who reciprocated with another I've never seen before.  Check out her banjo!  A zither-banjo type pot and a fretless neck without a channeled fifth string."
Aug 30
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Advice heeded and taken. I've ordered the book. Thanks. I hope there is something in there about how the banjo was played and how it sounded.   "
Aug 29
Joel Hooks replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Look at the cut of his pants.  See how they are tight at the knee then swell out to a bell bottom.  Notice that the hem tapers to be shorter in the front and longer in the back to follow where they will hit the shoe.  When standing…"
Aug 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"this  figures since he or his associates in Australia kept writing the Stewart Journal about how they ;loved and used Stewart banjos"
Aug 29
Joel Hooks replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Looks like a SSS Champion to me."
Aug 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Thanks  Joel.  This is another sub point I want to make in my presentation.  That is that the Banjo is NOT "American,"  It did not start in the USA, and once it got out to the World in the 1840s through banjo…"
Aug 29
Joel Hooks replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"After consulting with someone who I would call an "expert" on Weaver banjos, both banjos in this photo are confirmed as being his make.  So, both banjos are English."
Aug 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"All of the Cro Club recordings were issued by Document records years ago on disk and are on CD and can now be downloaded from Documents site.  They appear in other collections as well.  This includes recording that some of these musicians…"
Aug 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"These are not melody banjos.  The Melody banjo was a 4 string version of the mandolin banjo.  Michael Holmes once told me many of them were later marketed as Uke banjos as the Hawaiian music craze came on/  Both Vega and Gibson…"
Aug 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"I have nothing against politics and concerns, the best years of my life were spent as a full time leader of the SWP, an organization I still sup[port, but banjo history is a concrete history of what people actually did, the actual problems they…"
Aug 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"You should read and look at some of the work that Laurant Dubois has done about the banjo in the Caribbean.  Much of it appears in Laurants great book on the banjo.  Laurant is one of the world's great scholars of the Caribbean and…"
Aug 29

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