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George C. Dobson and Frank B. Converse books up again on eBay


The eBay auctions on my two 1870's banjo books ran for their first week, and are now in our eBay 'store'.

Offers accepted!

They are:

1887 Frank B. Converse Analytical Banjo Method



1877 Dobson's New System…


Posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:14

Anybody know the names of Hot Honk, Louis Hanson, Bart Drake, J.A. Sennoff, Jr? (on a Vega s/n 36593)


In our Kovel's Collector's Gallery newsletter, a correspondent posted a photo of a banjo marked,"Fairbanks Banjo, made by the Vega Company, Boston, Mass."

On the inside are several signatures and dates, all in the early 1920s.

They are:

- Hot Honk, Louis Hanson, Bart Drake, J.A. Sennoff, Jr, and others.

Anybody know these names?

According to Kovel's the instrument's serial number 36593, means it was manufactured between 1915 and…


Posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:07 — 7 Comments

1887 Frank B. Converse Analytical Banjo Method

Good evening, Classic Banjo,

Thank you so much for this forum - so much to see!

Here is the other Classic Banjo instruction book we've got for your review - hope you'll take a look! Any comments on Mr. Converse's career are most welcome..


Kind… Continue

Posted on January 30, 2010 at 4:12 — 1 Comment

1877 George C. Dobson "New System for Banjo"

1877 George Dobson "New System for Banjo" .... http://ning.it/cmZX2v

This is what led me to this forum - couple of 1870-ish books I am selling for a friend, on eBay: this one is already up.. (Frank Converse Analytical Banjo method next)

So clue me in on the Dobson Boys, won't you? I thought I had some reasonably good research till I found this site...

I love hearing the tunes, thank you for all the great… Continue

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 13:31 — 3 Comments

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At 2:46 on January 29, 2010, Heather Masterton said…
Hi Rob, I have a couple of classic banjo books coming up for sale on eBay - found you all as I was looking up my 1886 Frank B. Converse Analytical Banjo Method (I also just posted a George C. Dobson..will post a link to it within the day). I'm a swing dancer and big band singer - love the music on the videos on this site!
Thank you for the warm welcome!

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