It occured to me that, although some of us older players probably have some of the few issues on CDs of banjo players from the 1890s to ca. 1910, others may not be aware of the interesting resources on the web in this line. A useful site is from the University of California at Santa Barbara which has a large number of cylinder recordings to be heard. Using the search word banjo, I get 110 "hits" which include some of the classic players of that era, including Ruby Brooks, Fred Bacon, Parke Hunter, Olly Oakley, Shirley Spaulding, Frank Stanley, Al Reeves, and of course many cylinders by Ossman and Van Eps. These are all downloadable. Go to http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu
Another site which has some little known items to be heard is www.tinfoil.com
. Some of these records may inspire some young players.