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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 Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"No torture here Joel, I am just trying to get the best sound and feel that I can be comfortable with, I took onboard your good information re; string gauges and, it was good information which I appreciated very much, they do feel a bit floppy and…"
May 4
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"well, I guess it is time for experimentation again, I have tried Labella's for almost a year and still find them wanting ! my banjo is 261/2" perhaps therein lies my problem , time to look around for heavier gauges methinks."
May 4
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"I feel much the same Marc, I am using the lighter gauge as recommended by both John and Joel and have no reason to doubt their advice on these matters, I do however struggle somewhat with the "thinness" of Labella 17s, they just feel too…"
May 3
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"keep us informed Randy, being still quite new to classic style I am always keen to learn !"
May 3
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
May 3
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
May 3
nick stephens replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Under The Double Eagle..1893..J.F.Wagner.
"I watched Clarke Buehling in a London pub one night and his bass string was up and down all night, he even kept a tuner clipped to his banjo pot for quick accurate retuning, I too am in the camp of "I am not doing that !" Illogical maybe…"
Apr 24
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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Pajama Dance - classic banjo - Frank Bradbury

"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

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