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"Turkey in the Straw Medley" on 1890s Morrison.

Here is a short video of me playing the Morrison, just for a sound example. Its a very difficult piece to play, let alone throw in 1/4" action...not easy for me to play high up the neck like that.…Continue

Started Jan 22, 2018

FINALLY! My restored 1890s Jas. Morrison...
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As a huge Ossman fanatic...I was on a quest to find a banjo similar to one Vess played. At one point in time, early on in his career, he was seen playing a Morrison with Tommy Glynn, I believe at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Texican65 Jan 23, 2018.

Vess Ossman's recorded voice...

Hey guys,I recently purchased an old Yazoo LP album from 1973 called "Fred Van Eps and Vess L. Ossman, Kings of the Ragtime Banjo". i'm sure most of you have seen it, its a white cover with drawn…Continue

Started Nov 13, 2017

Ossman technique question
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Hi there,In my practicing/learning his version of "Dixie", I've got a question about his right hand finger technique in a certain part of the song. You can hear what I'm inquiring about in his 1905…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Oct 31, 2017.

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Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion Early Ossman recording interest...
"Ah...very true Shawn! An established bluegrass player once told me the same thing about Scruggs, and how his sound came from his hands as well. I will keep searching for those lost recordings, I'll let ya know what I come up with....even if its…"
Sep 18, 2017
Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion Proper vellum tension...
"Ok...thanks a lot Marc! "
Sep 18, 2017
Trapdoor2 replied to Texican65's discussion Proper vellum tension...
"gCGBD, unless you're playing a tune that says, "Bass to D" or "Raised Bass", then you tune gDGBD. Even if you're reading in A notation, you'll want to tune to gCGBD. That's the way it was done (for the most…"
Sep 18, 2017
Shawn McSweeny replied to Texican65's discussion Early Ossman recording interest...
"If you are so very lucky as to find any such very early recording, congratulations !! However,  I doubt it will help you much in your present quest.  The expected poor condition and marginal sound quality of such recordings offer…"
Sep 18, 2017
Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion Proper vellum tension...
"Also guys....when this banjo is ready to go....how shall I tune it? What was the standard tuning in the 1890s....the old A....or standard C? Or something else?  Dow"
Sep 17, 2017
Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion Early Ossman recording interest...
"Nothin' huh? Well...I'm still searching for those early recordings...I will not yield. In trying to date when Vess was playing the Morrison....can anybody remember the year that the photo of him and Tommy Glynn sitting side-by-side at…"
Sep 17, 2017
Texican65 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Chris Cloffi. Personal chat, his banjos, his workshop and love for Classic Style
"Hey Chris ol' buddy...good to see ya back on here again! Everybody.....Chris is the man I bought the 1890s Morrison from a few years ago...which by-the-way Chris, is in Cat Fox's shop here in Seattle being restored. Finally got her all…"
Sep 17, 2017

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At 1:37 on January 28, 2015, Randall Ferguson said…
No, I'm sorry, it was sold a few years ago.
At 3:15 on March 17, 2015, Shawn McSweeny said…

Hi Dow   Let folks here know how things work out with your Morrison renewal..

At 19:10 on September 7, 2017, Hal Allert said…
I would love to get together but we're on opposite sides of the state I'm in Spokane. You might check out my website it is classic banjo.com. if you ever get over to Spokane you should let me know. How long have you been playing? What kind of songs have you been learning?

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