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Attn: Steve Harrison....Have You Done This One Yet?
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Hi Steve-Thank you for all of your continued efforts....I'm looking forward to exploring all of your scores that you've arranged.I searched here and did not find this "Alagazam" by Abe Holzmann, I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Mar 9.

John Cunninghame and Stream of Consciousness....and a little Bushmills 1608
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My lineage on my mother's side being from Wales and having come to the USA through life on the London stage at the turn of the century...about the time Little Bill was just being able to tune his…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Cioffi Aug 24, 2016.

For Shawn, the Restless Biologist, and Eric: The REAL Ultimate Classic Banjo...???
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On this rainy Saturday, I've been mounting the neck back on a Gibson Bowtie after a lot of heel surgery while listening to Alex Magee's cut of "Jolly Darkies" which has been on repeat for about an…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Cioffi Nov 26, 2015.

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Chris Cioffi replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion When does classic banjo start?
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Chris Cioffi replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion When does classic banjo start?
"Thanks Joel and Jody. Joel, you reacted to my posts by reading into them what I did not write, and/or perhaps as Jody observed, that I did not write....I did not write it (what Jody refers to) because.....I just didn't think about it while…"
Monday
Chris Cioffi replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion When does classic banjo start?
"It makes perfect sense, Jody, and I agree. The way the internet has affected communications has undoubtedly had an affect on the conversation and how I've been received. I absolutely understand the significance of burnt cork. I understand…"
Nov 25
Chris Cioffi replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion When does classic banjo start?
"So, we talk about extreme circumstances that involve the creation of this music we love, and one of the most knowledgable, well studied, and well spoken officers of our music bows out of this theoretical historically relevant discussion? Come on,…"
Nov 25
Chris Cioffi replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion When does classic banjo start?
"Good points, Carrie. To my way of thinking, "Classic Banjo" would be an umbrella, with the largest covering of the umbrella meaning 3 finger (maybe to include 4 or whatever for certain arrangements) five string banjo played with bare…"
Nov 25
Chris Cioffi replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion When does classic banjo start?
"Jody, I guess I just assumed he flatpicked given my impressions of listening to him.  Yes, the things he plays would be very challenging with a flatpick, but they sound so choppy and bright to me that I thought he was just very accomplished…"
Nov 24
Chris Cioffi replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Here is a new one on me from Tarrant Bailey Junior.
"Those TBJ records have an interesting story behind them in how they were released in a sort of "ho hum" business as usual manner, and the response was so good the record company had to call him back to the studio from a vacation in France…"
Nov 24
Chris Cioffi replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion When does classic banjo start?
"All good thoughts....busy busy here, but for now, hopefully I'll be back on this later, but Jody.... Thanks on the Skagg's comment.   To my recollection, Bert Basset only played Plectrum banjo, and from the recordings I…"
Nov 24
Chris Cioffi replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion When does classic banjo start?
"And what about the 1870-1885 period of combo stroke/finger/guitar styles as Rob McKillop pursues in his studies?  Is that neither Minstrel nor Classic banjo, but some odd transitional style that needs it's own name and to be kept separate…"
Nov 23
Chris Cioffi and Lew Stern are now friends
Jun 18
Chris Cioffi commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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SSS Orchestra 2 Champion Fretless banjo from c.1890 - Rob MacKillop

"Wow, thanks Rob.  I didn't have access to that Cadenza issue, or most of them for that matter.  I wish they were available....or I knew where they were.   THAT is fascinating, and I did not know that. I thought the second…"
Apr 13
Chris Cioffi commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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SSS Orchestra 2 Champion Fretless banjo from c.1890 - Rob MacKillop

"I loved hearing your thought visualizations of "Twisted Rope"....I just didn't give another thought further than a convenient title....like he looked over while writing, thinking of a title, and some rope was hanging there coiled up…"
Apr 13
Chris Cioffi replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Public Service Announcement: CE Regal on eBay UK
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Apr 13
Chris Cioffi replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Public Service Announcement: CE Regal on eBay UK
"I've wanted one since I was 15 and heard my first one, and then even more when I played the Webb Brothers original five string 20+ years ago. Seeing this at the price it was available for, I made a decision that 2 Regals for me for now is…"
Apr 13
Chris Cioffi replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A "new" Cammeyer and Oakley record !!
"They did 3 discs/6 sides together, and they are all great.  Some of these were done by Derek Lillywhite on his old LP, but as solos. Cammeyer and Shaeff did a few as well, but they are much harder to find (and they used surnames on the…"
Apr 13
Chris Cioffi replied to David Wade's discussion It's here! The new Clifford Essex Weaver
"Wow...good pics...they just showed up for me, Joel.....I got it...that was thorough of you......thanks!"
Apr 13

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At 17:12 on December 1, 2015, Becky R. Schneider said…

Hi Chris, Glad to meet you, and hope you continue to enjoy your ABF experiences.  It is a wonderful organization with very passionate Classic Banjo enthusiasts.  Please consider a visit to one of our Rallies, and meet everyone in person and share your love of the banjo and classic music favorites.  Everyone would love to meet you.

Regards, Becky

At 17:31 on March 7, 2019, thereallyniceman said…

Hi Chris,

Good to see you back on Classic Banjo Ning.  I hope that you will share your encyclopaedic knowledge of all thing banjo with us :-)

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