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A "NEW" Olly Oakley recording! ... well, new to me!!!
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Banjo Times Magazines
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More BMGs added to the John Field Memorial Library
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Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A "NEW" Olly Oakley recording! ... well, new to me!!!
"Just for fun, here's the piano version. Oakley did a great job, fine playing. Thanks Ian!"
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carrie horgan replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A "NEW" Olly Oakley recording! ... well, new to me!!!
"It's always exciting when new recordings show up - I love the energy in Oakley's playing."
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A "NEW" Olly Oakley recording! ... well, new to me!!!
"Wow. Thanks, Ian. It almost sounds like he's speaking or singing through his banjo. He's very much at ease here. "
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A "NEW" Olly Oakley recording! ... well, new to me!!!

What a great lively tune, and fantastic playing.I hope that you agree. :-)See More
Russ Chandler replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Banjo Times Magazines
"I seem to remember Banjo Times was quite good. I'm afraid any copies I had are long gone, but it would be nice to read them again. "
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Banjo Times Magazines

Over the last few years I have been collecting copies of "Banjo Times", a magazine produced here in the UK from January 1985 to December 2008.These magazines were produced and edited by banjoist David Price.  Due to their comparatively recent publication they are still in copyright so I can not publish them on the website without permission but I hope that the historical…See More
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Rob MacKillop replied to thereallyniceman's discussion More BMGs added to the John Field Memorial Library
"Or the politics of the banjo..."
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Pär Engstrand replied to thereallyniceman's discussion More BMGs added to the John Field Memorial Library
"Yes, you are absolutely right, Steve. Sorry about that!"
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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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