"Do you mean the photo of the guy (possibly a clerk) standing in the doorway to a shoe store that is just before the guy sitting and holding a Weymann banjo?
I think it is just some random old timey photo."
"The sound of this banjo reminds me of why, when I first heard old recordings of classic banjo, I thought it was being played with a flat hand and absolutely straight fingers banging on the strings. It's so percussive.
As for the photo,…"
"I don’t have any great advice. But, I do have nerve damage in my hands and I have found that heat and warm water both help with the pain.
I really hope your situation improves.
I have recently found out what it is like not to be…"
"Thank you so much to everyone for information and advice on this wretched condition. John, your suggestions are extremely helpful as you describe exactly what I have and what seems to relieve it. I always used to sleep with my arm bent under the…"
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