"In the world of performing and recording artists the two main reasons for pseudonyms are a) choosing a name that is thought to have greater appeal to the public than the given name, and b) as a way around being under exclusive contract to a specific…"
"It seems that it was a big thing at the time for performers to record under pseudonyms. Some say that it was fool the record buying public into buying more of their records! Someone who bought "banjo" records may buy the same…"
"I was intonating on the kitchen table once and had the bridge fall over with a bang. Scared the daylights out of Miz Diane...and the dog wouldn't go near me for a week.
My first minstrel era banjo had a mylar head and I expected the bridge to…"
"I've not needed anything for top frosted plastic heads. I have found slipping with hide heads, depending on the tailpiece. Some tailpieces can swing side to side. Also with smooth plastic heads.
Rosin is my first choice. The…"
"I imagine one might have a problem with hair-oil (if one were playing in full reenactor mode). Greasy fingers = greasy banjo head = slipping bridges?
Might be better to use some sort of hair product that is stickier. Mohawk juice?
I have a…"
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?
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!
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.
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 :-)
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!
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!
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