Shawn McSweeny
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  • Toronto, ON
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Ossman Plays “A Gay Gossoon”
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According to the 1910 census…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Mar 17, 2016.

Shufflin' Pete (1899) Ossman Arrangement

Shufflin’ Pete was…Continue

Started Mar 9, 2016

Ossman’s “A Southern Belle” Transcribed
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“A Southern Belle”…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by marc dalmasso Mar 8, 2016.

Ossman's Morningside Caprice
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“Morningside Caprice” was…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Feb 25, 2016.

 

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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…"
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At 2:50pm on February 19, 2014, thereallyniceman gave Shawn McSweeny a gift
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I would like to send Shawn all my thanks for the "LOAD" of work he has done and information and photos he has provided for the recent site upgrade. So everyone, let's give a BIG THANK YOU to Shawn!
At 4:39 on January 21, 2016, Peter LaBau said…

Hi Shawn- sorry to be slow to respond, I only check in here once in a while, all the while knowing I need to do it more frequently! Thanks so much for your note, and it's so nice to know that something I did affected you in a such a positive way. In answer to your question- yes, I have the banjo Doug did for me all those years ago- in fact, he did the banjo twice for me. Th original inlay patterns he did on the fingerboard had to be thrown away- the fret scale was off, and it never played in tune. As beautiful as it was, I had to replace the fingerboard, and in so doing I went from a flat board to a radiused one, which is what I have on all my instruments now. The flat inlays couldn't be moved over, so for the longest time, I had just the pear bars that descended from the nut, and the rest of the board was just blank. Two years ago, I sent the banjo neck back to Doug to have him add bars up at the top of the board, and add in some position markers in between. Here's what it looks like now:

 The pot is a 1910's Tubaphone- 11-1/2" diameter, and the neck is a 28" scale. I have another pot like this that I'm having Kevin Enoch make a new neck for- I'll use that one for raised "D" bass- I use two banjos when I perform- I find that retuning just one instrument never works out real well- the bass string keeps changing after changing pitches. You're Canandian, right? Toronto? It would be fun to meet up one day- I'll hope that might happen. All the best to you- Peter

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