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Essex and Cammeyer Weaver
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approx 8 months into playing (or trying to play !) classic style I have come to the conclusion that my personal favourite jo is my mid 30s Vega Whyte Laydie and we are mated for life ! My first…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand May 13.

lockdown ! a time for study
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well what with one thing and another keeping me occupied during these last peculiar weeks I have finally got around to cracking open the Frank Bradbury book recommended by some of the good folks…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Apr 4.

come on Y'all, lets talk !
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not enough chatter here for me so, I am going to talk aimlessly as I am wont to do sometimes (often) have lately been pondering the question of which strings to use on my Whyte Laydie just cannot get…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan Mar 3.

the Ladbroke March
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well howdy all, I am starting to get rather frustrated by my failure to turn up any info on this great march, I know it was written by Charles Skinner but, search as I may I can find no more…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Feb 10.

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nick stephens replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Master Classic Banjo Without Notes... In only a few Minutes!
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Jun 27
nick stephens replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Master Classic Banjo Without Notes... In only a few Minutes!
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nick stephens commented on carrie horgan's blog post Clarke Buehling interview
"Yeah, I saw that too, very good, one thing that confused me though he says that Vess Ossman was an ear player, implying he read no music ! When I mentioned it here I was told that Ossman did in fact read music ? Who is right ? was he an ear player…"
Jun 6
nick stephens replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"I guess I am fortunate in getting most of those things whilst being paid for my performances then .  no audience wishes to see you fail, they are on your side ! Yes, that is the key to it all, even though it's "only" 99% true.…"
May 27
nick stephens replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"Jody, I have never entered a contest for musicians, I do not actually understand their purpose, what are contestants trying to prove ? to whom ? it seems a bit like they are seeking approval from their fellows ??? in my world the proof of the…"
May 27
nick stephens replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"before this virus I regularly played at least 250 gigs every year solo ! make sure you are confident to play the tunes you have chosen, practice, practice and then, practice them again ! When you have done that you will feel confident walking onto…"
May 27
Pär Engstrand replied to nick stephens's discussion Essex and Cammeyer Weaver
"I could love almost any kind of jo.... :-)"
May 13
Richard William Ineson and nick stephens are now friends
May 13
Richard William Ineson replied to nick stephens's discussion Essex and Cammeyer Weaver
"Hi Nick, Have you got any photographs of the banjo please?"
May 13
nick stephens posted a discussion

Essex and Cammeyer Weaver

approx 8 months into playing (or trying to play !) classic style I have come to the conclusion that my personal favourite jo is my mid 30s Vega Whyte Laydie and we are mated for life ! My first introduction to this style led me to buy the above named banjo, it is an 1890s CE weaver 11" pot and I just cannot love it in the same way that I love my Vegas (I have three !) is there any interest in these banjos ? is there a market for them ? should I just ebay it ? or just put it in the case and…See More
May 12
nick stephens replied to rick ceballos's discussion Clifford Essex Strings
"I too find the CE strings to be very acceptable on my Whyte Laydie, I have also had them on my Tubaphones too. my choice  is the light gauge sets having found the mediums a bit clunky for my taste, I am wanting to try La Bella 17s but have been…"
May 12
nick stephens commented on carrie horgan's video
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The Echo Tango (zither banjo)

"that was very nice Carrie and, the banjo actually sounds like a zither to me ! how about the third man theme ? it would work great on that instrument."
May 11
nick stephens replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"I have often been tempted by a sweet banjo for sale but, always shied away when the only method is postage ! I was a postman in a previous life and, I know how parcels are sorted !"
Apr 29
nick stephens replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Hi David, I guess that proves once and for all that ya cant trust a southerner with a good old zither banjo !"
Apr 28
Trapdoor2 replied to nick stephens's discussion lockdown ! a time for study
"I have been playing something nearly every day...alternating between Classic, Clawhammer and Stroke styles (I played Irish tunes on the mandola and tenor banjo last month). I should pick a Classic piece to get down "pat" but I'm…"
Apr 4
nick stephens posted a discussion

lockdown ! a time for study

well what with one thing and another keeping me occupied during these last peculiar weeks I have finally got around to cracking open the Frank Bradbury book recommended by some of the good folks here, on the outside it looks innocuous enough "Mel Bays Banjo Method" believe me when I tell you, I am a total novice, a complete dimwit and, a bit of a scaredy cat to boot ! However nothing ventured etc so, I am going to try to give up any free time I can muster to this new adventure, I have three…See More
Apr 4

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