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Vintage Ernest Shackleton 1914 Banjo on EBAY UK ?????????
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Started this discussion. Last reply by marc dalmasso Mar 14.

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marc dalmasso replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Vintage Ernest Shackleton 1914 Banjo on EBAY UK ?????????
Mar 14
thereallyniceman replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Vintage Ernest Shackleton 1914 Banjo on EBAY UK ?????????
"What??  Nobody has snapped up this bargain?? I see that the price has dropped again by another £1000....   only £2000  to go and then it will only be about £400 overpriced!"
Mar 14
Pat Doyle replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Vintage Ernest Shackleton 1914 Banjo on EBAY UK ?????????
"Dallas put an ad' in BMG in the twenties about Hussey's banjo on the Shackleton Rowett expedition."
Mar 2
thereallyniceman replied to david caron's discussion Advice : What should I be looking for in a banjo?
"Jody, I really don't know whether Deering use the "better" Prucha manufactured Presto, but I once bought a banjo fitted with a "Presto" and I had to throw the tailpiece in the bin along with a pile of broken strings! …"
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thereallyniceman replied to david caron's discussion Advice : What should I be looking for in a banjo?
"Perhaps yours were "real" genuine Presto tailpieces, not modern crappy stamped out Presto tailpieces?"
Mar 1
thereallyniceman replied to david caron's discussion Advice : What should I be looking for in a banjo?
"I believe that the Deering Goodtime banjo has a modern "Presto" tailpiece and these eat nylon banjo strings! They have sharp edges that will need considerable sanding to stop them cutting the nylon. I am with Carrie... a new tailpiece…"
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Battle Hymn of the Républic_2 Bjs

"Truly amazing !!! I really like all those minor sections...even the bit of bluegrass :-)    All I can say is that the "Dynamic Dalmasso Duo" have really excelled this time....Love it ! Hey Marc, could you ask Remi to stop…"
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Hot Frets by Frank Lawes

"Hey Joel, Above your pay grade?    ... Ask for a rise!  This is one tricky piece and you made a really good job of it. I recorded my shabby attempt some time ago falling over my fingers on several occasions, and it doesn't get…"
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At 21:20 on January 6, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you found us, Ian. Welcome.
At 20:11 on April 10, 2009, Jody Stecher said…
Wow, Ian, these are gorgeous, and not at all different iterations of basically the same banjo idea. I would imagine there's a good variety of tone and response. The Amboyna z-b particularly knocks me out. How does she play and sound?
At 20:36 on July 14, 2009, Mike Redman said…
The XX special was bargain of the year! I have one just like that and would never part with it, have owned it for 20 years. My old banjo teacher, Horace Craddy found it for me. Enjoy it, a friend for life!
At 9:52 on July 29, 2009, David Layton said…
Hi there Ian in Blackpool, its an Ozark 5 string. In the picture I'm at Art In Action an Arts Festival in Oxfordshire. I 'm also into oil painting as well as banjoing. I've just started learning classic banjo. Ive been playing for just over 2 years now. Started with Scruggs style then progressed into clawhammer. Found myself at a bit of a learning plateau kinda stuck too much at first position but recently i started to learn a lovely song called "Colorado Buck Dance". I found that classic style has really opened up the fretboard for me. One thing i'd like to ask. I play classic tunes the sameway as clawhammer, bare fingers and just using my thumb and index finger. Is this correct or should i be using threefingers as in scruggs style also should i be using picks or is it personel choice down to the individual.
From David
At 10:04 on July 29, 2009, David Layton said…
sorry i forgot to mention i live in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire.
At 20:25 on March 12, 2010, Adam said…
No worries, Ian ... I hope you get your video needs worked out ... Looking forward to your contributions!

All the best,
At 19:11 on December 4, 2010, Eric STEFANELLI said…
Thank you for your comment, you are welcome, i have many van Eps cylinders and Vess L. Ossman too, and of course many old 78r.p.m.
Only one about Tarrant Bailey J.R.
I am thinking to put some on this site, as soon as possible, because many are unknown, and i'm thinking aout many people who must be interrested to heard them, if i have sheet music i will post it in same time.
I like your performance on Morley's Palladium March.

At 7:17 on December 20, 2010, Sylvia said…

Hi Really Nice Man,  you must teach your wife how to play Banjo, I reckon she could be playing second parts quite quickley then you could play duets like Eric and Pat.   Also she could become a member of this site and perhaps mine would not be the only female voice heard  :-)  

At 13:28 on March 13, 2011, Jan Bloom said…
I make banjos currently sold through Elderly Instruments.  These are a Farland style all wood beveled rim banjo 11.5 diameter.  Normal scale length is 25.5 for the clawhammer player.  However, they may be ordered direct with classic scales of 27 or 27.5.  
At 15:25 on April 21, 2011, Mike Moss said…

Thanks Ian, that's very generous of you. I'll have to dig out my "to-play" list (which is getting longer by the minute...) and see what I can extort, err... I mean, nicely ask for :)


I'm very happy with the sound of my banjo, by the way, now that I've converted it somewhat. The Renaissnace head and Chris Sands heavies give it a booming tone which is almost worthy of the old killing machines, and I'm getting some nice, thunderous bass notes with the appropriate picking technique. Gotta love how Bill Ball played those thunderous bass notes!

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