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thereallyniceman commented on Brad Kay's blog post Pathé 22055 Discovered in the Wild
"Players added for you Brad.... very impressive recording quality! "
thereallyniceman commented on Brad Kay's blog post Pathé 22055 Discovered in the Wild
"Yes Brad, Your links in the blog post failed here, so I assumed that you had included a faulty weblink to the files in your post. ... but if you have the MP3 recordings and want to send them to me, that would be ideal and I will add a player for…"
thereallyniceman commented on Brad Kay's blog post Pathé 22055 Discovered in the Wild
"Hi Brad, It appears that your links to the recordings are faulty and have been removed. You can email me correct details for the link to the recordings and I will re-add them for you. Ian"
Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Happy Birthday to ME and a SPECIAL THANK YOU !
"Wow, that is a neat b-day present! Congratulations! (and happy birthday!) ===Marc"
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Happy Birthday to ME and a SPECIAL THANK YOU !

This is a quick post to say thank you to those who sent me birthday messages today!I am humbled to receive such nice comments "about my age" and the website :-)A special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Remi Dalmasso too... keep practising Remi, and remember all the best players were born on the  20th of May !!BUT I owe a VERY SPECIAL thank you to my friend Eric Silverstone.I met Eric in the late 1970's when he was being taught by Tarrant Bailey Junior in Bollington, Cheshire, and we corresponded by letter at…See More
Eric Womersley replied to thereallyniceman's discussion NEW , IMPROVED, TUTOR BOOK ADDED!
"Hello Hal Thanks for that. This is book 2 but it has only the study pieces. No exercises or introductory stuff. Useful though as I won't now need to transpose. Eric "
May 18
Hal Allert replied to thereallyniceman's discussion NEW , IMPROVED, TUTOR BOOK ADDED!
"I just checked my classic banjo website and there is a PDF of Weidt's Elementary Studies along with a Zip file of all the songs in MIDI. The book is in C notation. Has anyone checked it out?"
May 18
thereallyniceman replied to John Cohen's discussion Special XX For Sale
"I have seen several Special XX banjos made with rosewood necks and maple rims (I even played on a couple of weeks ago). They do look odd, but are original. Split tone ring? guess would be that the resonator is split, as they all do, but that…"
May 18

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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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