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
"I got a call last night about 9:40pm eastern time. All I could make out from the message was "Banjo" and a few numbers. The ID showed as "unknown."
If that was you, please try again as the connection must have been…"
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
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
" 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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"