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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 Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"well you certainly have a lot of resources MM, time to get playing !"
Jan 11
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"MM I would hold on to your cash if I were you, if you wish to just listen as you would with a CD there is a load of stuff online for free, Youtube is always good and, totally free."
Jan 11
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"I well remember that discussion with Van Eps grand daughter where she posted on the HO and the oohs and ahs of all who saw it, any body have an update of where that banjo was sent for cleaning/setting up and what is happening with it today ? I am…"
Jan 10
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"I would not think Van Eps had enough room inside his banjo for "stuffing" with the dogs bowl and the suspended hoop and bent dowel etc etc etc , besides it would probably have come tumbling out through the hole in the vellum  :-…"
Jan 9
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"History, (who's?) collective memory and period adverts are only to be heeded for historical reenactors ! experimentation is to be encouraged if the aim is to achieve a sound that pleases the player, Your opinion is just that, one persons…"
Jan 9
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"Hey MM such devices you describe pretty generally are always removable, I know of no manufacturers who fit damping devices that were permanent fixtures, the loose general answer is that stuffing or damping is most commonly seen on open back…"
Jan 8
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"According to who Jody ? banjoists do as they please with their instruments, who knows what is inside another mans banjo until he is invited to look ? and are you saying that those wooden things inside peoples banjos are designed to be removed during…"
Jan 8
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"A short word of caution advised here Milwaukee, If anybody and, I mean anybody attempts to give you a definitive answer regarding banjo stuffing ignore them ! you will find just like every other walk of life that people are individuals and will do…"
Jan 8
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"regarding stuffing, the answer is the same for all players regardless of style, just play the banjo and listen, experiment away it is free ! and when you like what you hear play it and play it some more. stop obsessing about equipment, you have a…"
Jan 8
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Classic Banjo Podcasts from classicbanjo.com?
"Richard, I would love to read anything and everything you may care to write down re; Pierrot troupes, my interest in this style of banjo stems from my interest with this particular period in history when everybody who had the means owned and played…"
Jan 1
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Classic Banjo Podcasts from classicbanjo.com?
"being a radio fan I enjoyed these two podcasts very much indeed, I also like the Clifford Essex autobiography Pierrot Heroes on the Seaside Follies site, I wish there were more available, thank you for posting."
Dec 31, 2020
nick stephens replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"Hi Milwaukee, you really do have some great choices for buying used and new instruments these days particularly, In my opinion being in the US. As Carrie states, a lot of folks here favour the old British made Clifford Essex instruments for this…"
Dec 22, 2020
nick stephens replied to nick stephens's discussion woodland park waltz
"Marc, this is great and will help me to struggle through this tune supplementing my own efforts, your help is very greatly appreciated."
Nov 14, 2020
Trapdoor2 replied to nick stephens's discussion woodland park waltz
"Ok, here's the tab. I followed all the position markings from the original but as there is nothing specific about some sections, I made those work for me. ;-) Of course, I welcome commentary, recommendations, etc. I often cannot see the forest…"
Nov 13, 2020
nick stephens replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Essex Pierrot Concert: BOOK EARLY !
"many scholars have wondered how Shakespeares audiences could afford to see his plays back in the day, they too were very ambitiously priced for their day, however the history books show that people most assuredly did pay for the privilege of sitting…"
Nov 12, 2020
nick stephens replied to nick stephens's discussion woodland park waltz
"I thought it had something of the old Austrian about it when I first found it, old Johann and, his son would have approved !"
Nov 12, 2020

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