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G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
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Has anyone seen one of these before? Any thoughts on the angle of the perch pole?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by IAN SALTER May 22.

John Grey and Sons?
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This instrument is currently on eBay.uk. I've not found any pictures of other John Grey banjos with an open head stock, six tuners and a 5th string tunnel. The name is engraved on the arm rest. I've…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by IAN SALTER Jan 26.

WINDSOR POPULAR N°1.
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Can anyone tell me about the Windsor Popular N°1? When was it produced and how was it marketed? Is it considered to be a good playing instrument? Many thanks, Ian.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric STEFANELLI Feb 17.

6 string banjo on eBay
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My continuing interest in the period of banjo history up to around 1900,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by IAN SALTER Dec 7, 2023.

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IAN SALTER replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"Hi Joel, I made a mistake; the PhD paper is on a completely different subject. Nick Nourse wrote about the one-stringed fiddle for The Galpin Society Journal in March 2020. I've checked my email exchanges with him and in answer to my request…"
May 22
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"I kinda want to read that PHD paper."
May 21
IAN SALTER replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"Hello Jake, I wasn't aware of that, so thank you for telling me. Unfortunately, it is no longer available and neither is the Turner's tutor. However, I'm communicating with a chap who wrote his PhD paper on the history of the…"
May 20
Jake Glanville replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"Dear Ian, As you probably know, the Sheet Music Warehouse have a Dallas tutor for a one-string Japanese fiddle for about £11.  Don't know if that's what you're looking for.  Such instruments were quite common in the…"
May 20
IAN SALTER replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"I had started looking for old furniture to make one, when I found this and bought it last night. It's a happy coincidence that for the past few weeks, I've been practicing playing scales, intervals and phrases on single strings on my…"
Apr 14
IAN SALTER replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"From what I recall of previous discussions about tutor books, the Bradbury seems to be highly regarded, along with the Grimshaw. If you put either name in the search box, I'm sure you'll find a lot of good information. Btw, don't…"
Apr 10
IAN SALTER replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"Hi Ken, The first Ellis book is the Thorough School For The Five Stringed Banjo and then the Advanced School. The Studies book wouldn't benefit you at the moment, as it doesn't provide instruction on how to play the pieces, all of which…"
Apr 10
IAN SALTER replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"Hi Ken, I suggest using the 'Thorough School' and the 'Advanced School' books by Herbert J Ellis, that you can download from the Banjo Tutor Books section on this site. Start at the beginning, take your time and follow all the…"
Apr 10
IAN SALTER replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"That neck has just been bought.  On cigarboxnation.com there are instructions on how to make one, originally published in 1907. I can't provide the link because my computer now won't open the page. I'm going to have a go at…"
Apr 9
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"Yes, he is quite familiar with them being of the generation that "folk music" was popular.  But the example Jap Fiddle he had was fretted diatonically so I suppose I understand the confusion. Also, he sold it as a "banjo…"
Apr 9
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"There is an article in Keynotes that mentions a maker of these, "The Lost Character".  Not much info but an entertaining read.  https://www.classic-banjo.com/files/JOURNALS_AND_ALBUMS/Keynotes_1907_09.pdf"
Apr 9
Jody Stecher replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"Did this genius ever see an actual mountain dulcimer or at least a photo of one?  This reminds me of an incident from elementary school.  For our morning "show-and-tell" session I brought to class a picture that included a feller…"
Apr 9
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"This one has been listed on ebay for a LONG time.  At one point I wrote the seller to tell them what it was and they were like "okay, thanks" and did not change their listing. For some reason people struggle with this and often argue…"
Apr 9
IAN SALTER replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"Joel, I've just found your reply on BHO to the query about these instruments. Thanks for the C Bruno & Son catalogue."
Apr 9
IAN SALTER replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"Initially, when I searched 'one string banjo' online, all I found were references to the can-jo and diddley-bo. Search results for 'Jap fiddle' were mainly about Stroh fiddles, Stroviols and phonofiddles but there were a couple…"
Apr 9
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"It is the neck of a "Jap Fiddle" or "Japanese Fiddle", and before you ask... no, they have nothing to do with Japan."
Apr 8

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At 21:33 on November 7, 2017, carrie horgan said…

Thanks Ian - I hope you are enjoying learning classic banjo.  Are you new to playing the banjo or have you migrated over from another style of banjo playing? Let me know if I can be of any help.

Carrie 

At 16:44 on December 10, 2021, David Nuttall said…

Yes, that's me. Although I was playing the banjo before I met him, David

At 19:09 on December 11, 2021, David Nuttall said…

Oh,yes, I've clocked up 50 years and am entering the rheumaticky  fingers stage of Scan's career. However, apart from the Covid effect, even prior to that the places I used to play in had diminished alarmingly.
I've been listening to Olly Oakley on this site - I'd never heard him play material like 'The Policeman's Holiday' or 'Under The Double Eagle' before; Scan played them, all parts. David  

At 23:43 on December 11, 2021, David Nuttall said…

I was with Ken Stubbs the first time he ever went to 'Elsie's'. I went a couple of times before I moved to ipswich. Steve Pennells and I used to stay the weekend with Ken in Edenbridge and play at The Crown or The Working Men's Club. I played banjo then. David

At 22:03 on March 1, 2022, Danielle Saxon Reeves said…

Hi Ian

saw your post about moving to Selly Oak; I run Midlands Fretted Orchestra bit too far away in Stourbridge- we’re always very happy to have reading banjo players along! Give me a shout if you fancy coming along. Best wishes, Danielle

At 21:33 on March 2, 2022, IAN SALTER said…

Hi Danielle,

Thank you for your invitation. When I've settled in, I'll be in touch to arrange a date to visit you. 

Best wishes, Ian.

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