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A register of surviving Parslow banjos built from 1880 to 1919
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward Marshe Parslow 11 hours ago.

A "new" Cammeyer and Oakley record !!
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thereallyniceman replied to Aaron Jonah Lewis's discussion Request for Piano Accompaniment Sheet Music
"Hi Aaron, Try: Freddie's email address is at the bottom of the page."
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Edward Marshe Parslow replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A register of surviving Parslow banjos built from 1880 to 1919
"Hi Joel. I needed an extra page at the back of the register to make the fretboard groups read as a double page spread  so I utilised the PDF you sent me: Thanks for pointing that out."
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thereallyniceman replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
"Thanks Jody, there seem to be "several" definitions of a broken chord  eg.: I am sure you know what I mean! The notes within the chord being played individually while the fingers remain in the chord shape  ;-)"
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thereallyniceman replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
"Have a go at the Grimshaw "The Banjo and how to Play it" on the Tutor books page. I prefer it to Bradbury's and it has the great advantage that it is FREE. Learn my NUMBERED chord shapes as available for download below, and you will…"
Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A "new" Cammeyer and Oakley record !!
"Yup, that's a dandy. Do you know who is playing which part? It is a Camm composition but I would think Mr. O would be playing 1st...?"
Edward Marshe Parslow replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A register of surviving Parslow banjos built from 1880 to 1919
"Hi Joel, Thanks for the compliment, it was a just a thought I had early on in the year and I am surprised to itemise 20 although some of these still need the present custodians/owners locating but it is early days. To answer your first query is…"
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A register of surviving Parslow banjos built from 1880 to 1919
"This is quite an impressive work!  Clear and well presented.  I now know more than I ever should about Parslow banjos. A few observations... On banjo #5 there are two things attached to the head.  Does anyone know what those are and…"

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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 9:52 on July 29, 2009, David Layton said…
Hi there Ian in Blackpool, its an Ozark 5 string. In the picture I'm at Art In Action an Arts Festival in Oxfordshire. I 'm also into oil painting as well as banjoing. I've just started learning classic banjo. Ive been playing for just over 2 years now. Started with Scruggs style then progressed into clawhammer. Found myself at a bit of a learning plateau kinda stuck too much at first position but recently i started to learn a lovely song called "Colorado Buck Dance". I found that classic style has really opened up the fretboard for me. One thing i'd like to ask. I play classic tunes the sameway as clawhammer, bare fingers and just using my thumb and index finger. Is this correct or should i be using threefingers as in scruggs style also should i be using picks or is it personel choice down to the individual.
From David
At 10:04 on July 29, 2009, David Layton said…
sorry i forgot to mention i live in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire.
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 13:28 on March 13, 2011, Jan Bloom said…
I make banjos currently sold through Elderly Instruments.  These are a Farland style all wood beveled rim banjo 11.5 diameter.  Normal scale length is 25.5 for the clawhammer player.  However, they may be ordered direct with classic scales of 27 or 27.5.  
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!

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