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Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Hunky Dory (1900)...Abe Holtzmann

It was only after I'd completed this arrangement that I found  recordings of the tune by Vess Ossman and Ruby Brooks in original recordings. It's one of Holzmann's 'standards' and very much has the sound of Smokey Mokes about it in parts. The score…See More
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Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Jim Hogan-- you out there?
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Jim Hogan-- you out there?

Hi Jim,  I tried sending you an email last week and it bounced back to me.  Could you contact me with your current email or phone number?Thanks,Joel Hooks 214-500-0527 (in New Hampshire)See More
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thereallyniceman replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Here is a new one on me from Tarrant Bailey Junior.
"Thanks Jody.. 1934 it is. I don't mind the sizzle either, but I do really like the banjo playing. :-)"
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Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Here is a new one on me from Tarrant Bailey Junior.
"You know,  I don't mind the sizzle. The recording sounds very much like a banjo in a mild sizzle environment. That's better than something that sort of resembles a banjo in a quiet environment."
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Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Here is a new one on me from Tarrant Bailey Junior.
"According to "The Banjo On Record"  this was recorded in London February 21, 1934 with the Jay Wilbur orchestra. It also says that the vocalist is unknown."
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Here is a new one on me from Tarrant Bailey Junior.

I have just purchased an old 78RPM disc of Tarrant Bailey Junior recorded on the REX record label number 8177.There is a vocal refrain on each side, but no reference to the singer..maybe TBj ?I just love TBj's playing. It is everything Classic Style…See More
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Joel Hooks replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"I can see that, and I would play on gut too if they were A) reasonably priced and B) readily available in the sizes I use. FVE was not trying to be historically accurate.  In fact, he made those late recordings with nylon strings on a banjo he…"
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Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"And yet there is an Early Music contingent that rejects nylon because the sound is not Period Authentic. Aquila and others make gut strings for them. There is even a small group in China and Hong Kong that will not use anything but silk strings on…"
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Joel Hooks replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Nylon was better than gut or silk-- anything was better.  Imagine that for the first time you could play an entire concert without replacing your first (that would brake in the middle of a piece).  That was nylon.  A big game…"
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Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
" All I meant was that the recordings of FVE are in tune. If he is using fishing line that means that fishing line is not automatically out of tune.  Simple, no?  I was under the impression that Nylgut was developed for lute and viol…"
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Trapdoor2 replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"I try hard not to make global assertions. We have the technology today to differentiate between fishing line and banjo strings. Such tech was in its infancy in the 50s. Did FVE have intonation problems? I don't know. I don't know anything…"
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Vivace from Bach Bwv 1043 with banjo and orchestra

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Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Right, so FVE's very much in-tune use of fishing line for banjo strings does not seem to square with the idea that fishing line makes out-of-tune banjo music.  "
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Trapdoor2 replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"I think it is safe to say that FVE probably used fishing line with diameters adapted to musical instrument use...mostly because he was a fairly early adopter. The use of nylon in musical instrument strings starts in the 1940s but is continuously…"
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Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Thanks for that, Joel. Very interesting!  Note that the author says that fishing line, though for musical purposes inferior to spun 610 nylon, is superior to silk and gut. I have used woven silk strings on the sanxian, a three-string Chinese…"
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