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thereallyniceman replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Classic banjo as a term of reference
""It's turned out nice again" Yes they probably will be impersonating him.  He lived not far from where I was born and played many times in Blackpool. My mother always told the tale that she was walking around Blackpool looking…"
Richard William Ineson replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Anyone identify these tracks?
"You all beat me to it.I'd taken a few sharpeners on board prior to Sunday lunch and took a nap afterwards. I didn't come round until about 9.00 pm and went straight to bed. The titles came to me in the night but by then it was too late. I…"
thereallyniceman replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Anyone identify these tracks?
"Thanks everyone.  The reason that I needed confirmation is that I had received the works of Tom Edwards in a collection from Hal Allert and it seems that he had incorrectly added the wrong MP3 files for these tunes in his database. Now the Tom…"
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Anyone identify these tracks?
"Slight insignificant correctly, "Curiosa" is not the orignial title, "Keep off the Grass" is correct. CE published it under "Curiosa" for unknown reasons. "
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Anyone identify these tracks?
"Thanks for identifying them.  I had heard them both several times but somehow the titles were not properly deposited in my brain bank. "
Shawn McSweeny replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Anyone identify these tracks?
"Thanks for correcting that Jody. "
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Anyone identify these tracks?
"Typo alert: Gree(n)berg.    The Ossman recordings are in the Original Recordings section of this site."
Shawn McSweeny replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Anyone identify these tracks?
"Hi Ian ;  Track 1 is titled "Curiosa" written by Harry Von Tilzer but was recorded and popularized among banjoists by Ossman as "Keep Off the Grass". Track 2 is "Koontown Koffee Klatsch" written by J.P. Greeberg,…"

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At 21:20 on January 6, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you found us, Ian. Welcome.
At 20:11 on April 10, 2009, Jody Stecher said…
Wow, Ian, these are gorgeous, and not at all different iterations of basically the same banjo idea. I would imagine there's a good variety of tone and response. The Amboyna z-b particularly knocks me out. How does she play and sound?
At 20:36 on July 14, 2009, Mike Redman said…
The XX special was bargain of the year! I have one just like that and would never part with it, have owned it for 20 years. My old banjo teacher, Horace Craddy found it for me. Enjoy it, a friend for life!
At 20:25 on March 12, 2010, Adam said…
No worries, Ian ... I hope you get your video needs worked out ... Looking forward to your contributions!

All the best,
At 19:11 on December 4, 2010, Eric STEFANELLI said…
Thank you for your comment, you are welcome, i have many van Eps cylinders and Vess L. Ossman too, and of course many old 78r.p.m.
Only one about Tarrant Bailey J.R.
I am thinking to put some on this site, as soon as possible, because many are unknown, and i'm thinking aout many people who must be interrested to heard them, if i have sheet music i will post it in same time.
I like your performance on Morley's Palladium March.

At 7:17 on December 20, 2010, Sylvia said…

Hi Really Nice Man,  you must teach your wife how to play Banjo, I reckon she could be playing second parts quite quickley then you could play duets like Eric and Pat.   Also she could become a member of this site and perhaps mine would not be the only female voice heard  :-)  

At 15:25 on April 21, 2011, Mike Moss said…

Thanks Ian, that's very generous of you. I'll have to dig out my "to-play" list (which is getting longer by the minute...) and see what I can extort, err... I mean, nicely ask for :)


I'm very happy with the sound of my banjo, by the way, now that I've converted it somewhat. The Renaissnace head and Chris Sands heavies give it a booming tone which is almost worthy of the old killing machines, and I'm getting some nice, thunderous bass notes with the appropriate picking technique. Gotta love how Bill Ball played those thunderous bass notes!

At 18:35 on May 15, 2011, John Milligan said…

Thank you for your welcome.  Initially what I really want to know is what banjo I have - see my photos.  After that, if you can turn me into a competant banjo player, I will be very impressed and very gratefull!


At 19:21 on May 15, 2011, John Milligan said…
Thank you Ian. I don't know if I have the courage to remove the resonator! Perhaps I can work up to it in a few days!
At 19:55 on May 15, 2011, John Milligan said…
Hello again Ian.
I am in the UK - located in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Where are you located?

To be totally honest with you I am not really keen to learn to play but would like to sell the instrument.
I hope that by admitting to be a seller and not a potential player it does not mean I'm not allowed on your forum.

Back to the banjo

As I said the number 3813 is stamped on the wood frame on the inside. The resonatoe came off easily - there was no nut or screw.
My other half has measured across the centre (not easy to decide where the exact centre is!). She recons 31.9 centimeters or 12.5 inches

Would a photo of the inside be of any use?

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