Joel Hooks
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Historically Correct Bridges Now For Sale
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen yesterday.

"Morley" Bridge Ads?

Started Jul 25

Has Anyone Heard from Mike Moss Lately?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jun 28.


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Joel Hooks replied to Anthony Peabody's discussion Missing Morley works
"The Internet Archive is super cool.  They take "snapshots" of the internet so that the "published" websites do not vanish when people don't keep them up.  The "Wayback Machine" lets you search for old…"
21 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Anthony Peabody's discussion Missing Morley works
"Okay, just uploaded.  It usually takes a little while for the Internet Archive to build all the files and preview."
John Cohen replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Historically Correct Bridges Now For Sale
"I'm a very happy user of Joel's bridges, and I highly recommend them if you are serious about having a period sound and technique. They're identical to the "real thing"."
Joel Hooks replied to Anthony Peabody's discussion Missing Morley works
"I have Sandown.  It was published in the first issue of the Banjo World.  Chris Ware posted a scan of it a while ago but it seems like the link to the file is now dead. I have the file and will upload it to the Internet Archive this…"
Rémi replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Historically Correct Bridges Now For Sale
"Very nice ! Unfortunately I don't have a banjo, butwhat you propose seem to be a very fine work."
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Historically Correct Bridges Now For Sale

Pardon the blatant marketing but I thought you fine folks might like to know that I am now offering direct reproductions of several different patterns of historical bridges.These are duplications of originals. back to your regular programming.Thanks,Joel HooksSee More
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
Aug 7
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"Morley" Bridge Ads?

Hi Folks,Has anyone run across advertisements for Joe Morley bridges in BMGs or catalogs?  I'd love to see scans of them if so.I'm interested in other old British banjo bridge ads or catalog listings too.Thanks in advance!See More
Jul 25

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New Additions to my family.

I answered an add on craigslist listing "four old banjos- $150 each."

I called very early to leave a message and get my name in the mix. Well it's true that the early bird catches the worm, and he called me a couple of minutes later.

I met with him and this is what I got...

Stewart and Bauer "Monogram" Grade 2. At first sight it looked in remarkably good condition. A couple of days later when I had a chance to mess with it I noticed one issue.

I… Continue

Posted on December 25, 2009 at 1:45 — 2 Comments

My first real banjo lesson.

I finally had a formal music lesson, the first in my life (that I can recall). The best part is that it was with none other than Clarke Buehling.

We had exchanged info at the opening of the America Banjo Museum. He was in Ft Worth for Thanksgiving. So we got together, had lunch, then went to our "old west" town.

He is a true gentlemen.

Scales and accompaniment, along with discussion of historically informed performance was the agenda. He listened to where I was… Continue

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 20:45 — 1 Comment

Thoughts on Tremolo.

In this journey (obsession) of historic banjo playing, I have turned to reading all of the period literature on the subject that I could find. An observation I made is that it seems most banjoists had a version of "Home, Sweet Home with Tremolo." I had read the instructions for how to play it, listened to Ossman and Eps, but really did not give it much mind.

Then, from Trapdoor's recommendation, I bought Douglas Back's The Banjo Goes Highbrow (if you don't have this get it… Continue

Posted on April 12, 2009 at 17:36 — 16 Comments

Comment Wall (14 comments)

At 5:01 on January 2, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you joined, Joel. Great profile picture.
At 20:22 on February 14, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Many thanks for the info. I shall have a serious look at them, and give it some thought. The Patents were most helpful. We are never too old to learn a new trick or two. I wonder if there is a special design for a zither banjo.
At 22:05 on July 2, 2009, Ray Jones said…
At 22:29 on July 3, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Did you manage to print out the notation for Gay Gossoon that I sent yesterday? Ray
At 2:29 on July 4, 2009, Ray Jones said…
If you want the other banjo parts later, I have them. Ray
At 6:54 on August 20, 2009, Ray Jones said…
What is interesting is that the Appalachian Area was originally settled by migrants from, England, Ireland and Scotland! Did they bring the banjo over with them? So much for the Hillbillies.
At 7:36am on January 03, 2010, Clarke Buehling gave Joel Hooks a gift
And a toast for a happy new year to you, sir. Clarke
At 12:42 on April 13, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
HI- thanks for the interest in the CD- I'm heading out of town for a family crisis, but will be back next week and will check back with you then about getting you the disc. Thanks again!- Peter
At 15:51 on April 21, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
Hey Marc- back again. Can't remember if I gave you an address to send the check for $15, that includes shipping.

Peter LaBau
2079 Hawkshill Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Thanks so much- hope all's well. - Peter
At 15:53 on April 21, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
Hey- Peter here again. So sorry, I'm mixing names up here- sorry for the gaff... Peter

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