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Moon Flowers (1905)..Ellis R. Ephraim.

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Questions about a zyther/banjo

Hi everyone, first a big THANK YOU to this website host for approving my request to becomd a member.

Recently, I bought this zyther/banjo from an estate sale. It is alleged to be from 1900. I do not know the maker and is in a desperate need of repair that I am willing to do. It previous owner did a bad job on it. I would love to share pictures of it before I took it apart and afterwards.

If anyone could help me to upload these picture I would deeply appreciated.

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New bridge Reily Baker banjo 1890

Really loved that old tiny bridge but it was producing a mute tone on the first string due to how wide the string slots were. Gap under the bridge, top wasn't level. Quite a few issues but it felt great. Action was perfect, string spacing perfect for me, height of bridge felt great too, even though its a fraction of the height of modern bridges. So I just bought a cheap two leg bridge, was farr too tall, so I cut the legs off to get it nearer the size I wanted. Sanded down the top with a…

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Ken Chalifoux replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"Hi Carrie! Thank you! I love Rob's content. I'm gonna order a copy of that book asap. I'll find that Mike Ross tutor too. Cheers! "
yesterday
carrie horgan replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"Welcome Ken.  Rob Mackillop recorded the tunes in the Bradbury book.  Here is a link: https://robmackillop.net/bradbury-studies/    There is a helpful Banjo Notation Primer by Mike Moss in the tutor book…"
yesterday
Joel Hooks replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"I don't have any particular problem with the Ellis books, but there are some advantages to Bradbury.  Bradbury has you learning chords by name early on as well as good section on chord construction (the 1927 book has an even more complete…"
Thursday
Ken Chalifoux replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"I'm listening to Jon Bekoff and Nate Paine now! These guy are fantastic. I see what you mean now. Their bow arm is barely moving. I've played around with different fiddle holds. I hear they can be better for focusing on your rhythym.…"
Thursday
IAN SALTER replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"From what I recall of previous discussions about tutor books, the Bradbury seems to be highly regarded, along with the Grimshaw. If you put either name in the search box, I'm sure you'll find a lot of good information. Btw, don't…"
Wednesday
Ken Chalifoux replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"Heyagain Ian,I appreciate any direction at all, so thank you. I also appreciate the kind words about my playing as well; Thank you for listening. I have a passion for traditional music of all kinds, history, and culture. I seem to just keep going…"
Wednesday
IAN SALTER replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"Hi Ken, The first Ellis book is the Thorough School For The Five Stringed Banjo and then the Advanced School. The Studies book wouldn't benefit you at the moment, as it doesn't provide instruction on how to play the pieces, all of which…"
Wednesday
Ken Chalifoux replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"Hi Ian,  Thanks for taking the time to comment. That's all great advice, and I'll go through those publications right away. I think I found them. "Ellis Studies for Banjo & Zither-Banjo', and the Advanced…"
Wednesday
Jim lee replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion A Banjo Galaxy
"Hi there..im trying to find a cd of William j ball what has Georgia walkaround on.....does anyone have one for sale..regards James"
Wednesday
Ken Chalifoux replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"Thank you for the reply Joel! I recently ordered one of your banjo thimbles, and I love it. Unfortunately, I'm on the other side of Canada, so I wouldn't be able to attend that gathering, though it sounds like something right up my…"
Wednesday
Joel Hooks and Peter LaBau are now friends
Wednesday
Joel Hooks replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"Hi Ken, Welcome.  I don't know where you are located but next month we are having our American Banjo Fraternity Spring Rally in Palmyra, NY (near Rochester).  The ABF rallies are the only "classic banjo" exclusive events and…"
Wednesday
IAN SALTER replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"Hi Ken, I suggest using the 'Thorough School' and the 'Advanced School' books by Herbert J Ellis, that you can download from the Banjo Tutor Books section on this site. Start at the beginning, take your time and follow all the…"
Wednesday
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Beginner suggestions

Hi everyone! Sorry if this topic has been beat to death. I'm new to the website, and to classic style banjo. A little about myself, and what I know: I play guitar, banjo, fiddle, and tin whistle. I've played guitar, and clawhammer banjo since my…See More
Tuesday
IAN SALTER replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"That neck has just been bought.  On cigarboxnation.com there are instructions on how to make one, originally published in 1907. I can't provide the link because my computer now won't open the page. I'm going to have a go at…"
Tuesday
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"Yes, he is quite familiar with them being of the generation that "folk music" was popular.  But the example Jap Fiddle he had was fretted diatonically so I suppose I understand the confusion. Also, he sold it as a "banjo…"
Tuesday
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"There is an article in Keynotes that mentions a maker of these, "The Lost Character".  Not much info but an entertaining read.  https://www.classic-banjo.com/files/JOURNALS_AND_ALBUMS/Keynotes_1907_09.pdf"
Tuesday
Jody Stecher replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"Did this genius ever see an actual mountain dulcimer or at least a photo of one?  This reminds me of an incident from elementary school.  For our morning "show-and-tell" session I brought to class a picture that included a feller…"
Tuesday
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"This one has been listed on ebay for a LONG time.  At one point I wrote the seller to tell them what it was and they were like "okay, thanks" and did not change their listing. For some reason people struggle with this and often argue…"
Tuesday
IAN SALTER replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"Joel, I've just found your reply on BHO to the query about these instruments. Thanks for the C Bruno & Son catalogue."
Tuesday
 
 
 

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