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J.C. Bertolle the "Dexter" banjo
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Hi all,I haven't been very active in the last years, mainly because I haven't had time to play classic banjo at all. I hope that will change in the near future.I would like your expert opinion on a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand yesterday.

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Yay! At least it's snowing and will be a white christmas here on the classic banjo.ning site :-)Thank you Ian!Continue

Started Dec 23, 2020

Earliest Banjo Music Published in the UK
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Hi all,any idea what was the earliest music for banjo published in the UK? Be it a tutor book or music score.Most of the tutor books don't have any years published in them....Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Bostock Mar 25, 2023.

Savana zither banjo
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There's this auction on eBay:Savana on eBayI…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Oct 7, 2020.

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Pär Engstrand replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion J.C. Bertolle the "Dexter" banjo
"Thanks Jody. I'm guessing the person selling it took the neck off to show in what state it is? I don't know either."
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion J.C. Bertolle the "Dexter" banjo
"To my eye it looks like a nice banjo and not expensive.  But of course it depends on how well it plays and how it sounds. Also there are some pictures of wooden objects whose identity and condition is not clear to me. A detached dowel stick?…"
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J.C. Bertolle the "Dexter" banjo

Hi all,I haven't been very active in the last years, mainly because I haven't had time to play classic banjo at all. I hope that will change in the near future.I would like your expert opinion on a banjo for sale. A friend of mine want's to get in to banjo playing and found the banjo in the link.Bertolle banjoTo my eyes it looks like a really…See More
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Richard William Ineson replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Earliest Banjo Music Published in the UK
"Hello Mike, I've enjoyed reading your posts. Sharpe also published a list of the British banjo methods in the B.M.G. I'm too old and feeble to search for the pages myself but they came under the heading 'Banjo Methods' in the…"
Mar 25, 2023
Edward Bettega replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Earliest Banjo Music Published in the UK
"BMG December 1961 has a list of Tutor Books. There is also this document -  Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology Volume 5 | Issue 1 Article 6 Schools for the Banjo: A Primary Source Study of Nineteenth-Century Banjo…"
Mar 24, 2023
Pär Engstrand replied to carrie horgan's discussion No-knot tailpiece questions
"That was exactly my thought when I read it. Ebony capped bridges tend to make nylgut sound weak. Is CE operating again? I thought they closed down."
Mar 15, 2023
Pär Engstrand replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Earliest Banjo Music Published in the UK
"Great stuff, Mike! Thanks alot."
Mar 14, 2023
Richard William Ineson replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Earliest Banjo Music Published in the UK
"The starting point for the answer to this question must surely lie in the pages of the B.M.G. magazine and A.P.Sharpe's articles listing the various banjo tutor books which were to form part of his book which he never completed/published due to…"
Mar 14, 2023
Richard William Ineson replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Strings for zither banjo
"Another thing you could try is using unplated steel strings for the 1st,2nd,and fifth string. This is what Cammeyer used and sold, he claimed that the plating altered the tone of the strings."
Mar 14, 2023
Rob MacKillop replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion "Classic Banjo Ning" Ambassador for Germany!
"He was either a Wiener or a Weiner - LOL. I can’t remember off hand. But, yes, judging by his program, he must have been a virtuoso. "
Mar 14, 2023
Pär Engstrand replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion "Classic Banjo Ning" Ambassador for Germany!
"Yes, sort of. I put together a program with music from different times on different instruments. A made a short video to present to the people who gave me the grant. After that nothing more happened and I have been busy with other things…"
Mar 13, 2023
Rob MacKillop replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion "Classic Banjo Ning" Ambassador for Germany!
"Did this project ever get realised, Pär? I'm reminded of Early Music concerts with more instruments on stage than audience members! Audiences grew when performers stopped lecturing. That's my experience, anyway. I was actually…"
Mar 13, 2023
Rob MacKillop replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Strings for zither banjo
"LOL. At least you tried, Pär. It's the best way to learn anything. "
Mar 13, 2023
Rob MacKillop replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Earliest Banjo Music Published in the UK
"Good question. No answers. Surely someone here has a rough idea at least? Just to get the ball rolling. "
Mar 13, 2023
Pär Engstrand replied to thereallyniceman's discussion More BMGs added to the John Field Memorial Library
"Yes, you are absolutely right, Steve. Sorry about that!"
Aug 29, 2021
Pär Engstrand replied to thereallyniceman's discussion More BMGs added to the John Field Memorial Library
"Yes! Sadly, you guys in the UK had to learn that the hard way... :-("
Aug 28, 2021

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