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thereallyniceman commented on Anthony Derycke's video

Ladbroke March "C.Skinner"

"Of course we must not forget Eric and Pat. They are both superb Classic Style players !! That makes it 5 French Maestros  !!!!!"
thereallyniceman commented on Anthony Derycke's video

Ladbroke March "C.Skinner"

"You, Marc and Remi :-))  Remi is playing better and better so there will soon be THREE French Maestros !!!!"
thereallyniceman commented on Anthony Derycke's video

Ladbroke March "C.Skinner"

"Superb playing from "Maestro Tony". I like Ladbroke March  :-) That is  2 1/2  Classic Banjo Maestros from France posting videos!!! ... any more?"
Jan 16
thereallyniceman commented on TONY BRYAN's photo


"Thanks Tony, That is an impressive amount of woodwork and machining to produce one of those! Did you purchase it in the UK?"
Jan 15
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"Thank you Tony, so it seems that there os a groove in the bottom of the wood that fits over the top edge of the tension hoop and a bracket that grips the bottom of the "flesh hoop" of the plastic head?  Is it tight and firm?... I…"
Jan 15
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Jan 15
thereallyniceman commented on TONY BRYAN's photo


"Thanks Tony, any chance you could post a closeup photo of how it fits on the Weaver? I looked at the Nechville site and can't work it out."
Jan 14
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"What make is the wooden armrest?  It doesn't look like a CE as it seems it sit outside the hoop. "
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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, J. Adam Latham 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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