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woodland park waltz
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apart from Clarke Buehling playing this lovely tune on Youtube I can not find any mention of it anywhere and, I have searched, anybody know anything about this tune please ?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by nick stephens Nov 14, 2020.

name that tune please
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I have just been listening to the Tony Lidington radio documentary called Pierrot Hero, very good it is too, curious if anybody can tell me the name of the title music and, who is playing it, very…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson Oct 21, 2020.

the banjo at the British seaside , my own presentation
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Around one year ago I was approached and asked to give a talk/demonstration with my banjo to a local history group, while making preparations it occurred to me to put together a more structured…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by nick stephens Sep 11, 2020.

new head on my new banjeaurine
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As is obvious from the title of my post, I need/want a new head for my banjeaurine, it currently has a fibreskin head (I think!) thick and rough to the touch but, worse ! I noticed a tiny rip in it…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by nick stephens Sep 7, 2020.

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nick stephens replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Terribly Sad News for the Classic Banjo Community
"This is terrible news, I met Dave on just one occasion  when we dined together and drank a few beers, this was the Friday preceding the Midland Banjo Festival, I found him to be good company and extremely knowledgeable in particular about…"
Apr 5
nick stephens commented on John Deller's video
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"that sounds great, sweet sounding banjo too, what is it and what strings are you using ? very nice."
Mar 19
nick stephens replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Joe Morley Playing for Sailors
"prize fights for a cash pot were very common in pubs back in the day and, still are in certain communities in the UK and particularly in Ireland where the cash prizes are considerable, the authorities are fighting a losing battle (see what I did…"
Mar 5
nick stephens replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Joe Morley Playing for Sailors
"I guess it must remain another of those unsolved mysteries , I enjoy trivia that shows these people as the human beings they certainly were, my guess with regard to the pugilist story is that it was just a part of the mystique that is often invented…"
Mar 5
nick stephens replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Joe Morley Playing for Sailors
"Richard, you absolutely did not waste my time and I am sorry if my reply sounded that way ! I always enjoy looking at old pics, particularly of early 20th Century British players so, no problem there my friend. You may be correct, however I just…"
Mar 4
nick stephens replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Joe Morley Playing for Sailors
"Richard, I am afraid I dont understand the meaning of your posting these pictures that we have all seen, they go no distance at all to answering my question, I wondered if anybody knew whether JM was a small man, I still think when compared to…"
Mar 4
nick stephens replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Joe Morley Playing for Sailors
"Even so John, it still looks like very large on him, somehow I had always imagined he was a big guy, dont know why, does anybody know if JM was a smaller man ?"
Mar 3
nick stephens replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Joe Morley Playing for Sailors
"that banjo pot looks huge to me ! Is it a big un or was JM a small guy ?"
Mar 3
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"Your Deering Vega has most likely got somewhat higher frets than a vintage banjo would have so flat spots could develop under the wound string I guess, against this eventuality I would probably buy a spare wound string with every set, making I guess…"
Feb 23
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"You have just described the exact reason for the most part why many folk have a downer on Deering, check out the BHO and there are lots of threads on just this subject ! Re plating, it is not something I have ever been aware of, good banjos though…"
Feb 18
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"Attaboy MM ! you have a great banjo, I know I have owned one ! Deering get a bad press from the banjo community for a variety of reasons, the only one I kind of agree with is the high prices they charge ! Not a problem here, you already have one,…"
Feb 17
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"I had heard that Fred Bacon had something similar although, I am not familiar with the design, sadly as I learn and continue to try playing in this style I find myself obsessing about details like bridges and tailpieces more and more, I tend not to…"
Feb 17
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"I reckon it is essentially a Presto sans cover isn't it ?"
Feb 17
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"I dont think Deering actually designed that tailpiece, it looks like another design they have "borrowed" fairly par for the course I believe with Deering."
Feb 17
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"I have owned a couple of Deering banjos and played many more belonging to others so, I have had the opportunity to examine many of those tailpieces. From my own observations they are very well made and I have never seen one with sharp edges that…"
Feb 17
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"That looks good to me MM, I would probably use that exact same setup on that banjo if it were mine ! I kind of guessed that tailpiece would be a major improvement on your Little Wonder, those are very fine banjos, it should be all you ever need."
Feb 16

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