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Questions about a zyther/banjo

Hi everyone, first a big THANK YOU to this website host for approving my request to becomd a member.

Recently, I bought this zyther/banjo from an estate sale. It is alleged to be from 1900. I do not know the maker and is in a desperate need of repair that I am willing to do. It previous owner did a bad job on it. I would love to share pictures of it before I took it apart and afterwards.

If anyone could help me to upload these picture I would deeply appreciated.

Added by Jaime riera on August 17, 2023 at 16:06 — 8 Comments

New bridge Reily Baker banjo 1890

Really loved that old tiny bridge but it was producing a mute tone on the first string due to how wide the string slots were. Gap under the bridge, top wasn't level. Quite a few issues but it felt great. Action was perfect, string spacing perfect for me, height of bridge felt great too, even though its a fraction of the height of modern bridges. So I just bought a cheap two leg bridge, was farr too tall, so I cut the legs off to get it nearer the size I wanted. Sanded down the top with a…


Added by Cana Rochbell on June 24, 2023 at 16:21 — No Comments

Bill Evans plays 'Ballad No. 1' (Cammeyer)  

He has recorded this on his latest album: 'The Banjo in America'.

Added by carrie horgan on February 11, 2023 at 20:00 — 4 Comments

The Wayne Adams Old Classic Banjo Collection

Many CB players will already be aware of this but this has recently been released on CD.  I know many of these tunes are in the Original Recordings archive and elsewhere but it's good to see this being released. …


Added by carrie horgan on January 4, 2023 at 18:58 — No Comments

Fred and George Van Eps: profiles in jazz

Fred and George Van Eps are featured in September issue of The Syncopated Times - it's well worth subscribing to The Syncopated Times if you are interested in early jazz and ragtime:

Added by carrie horgan on September 1, 2021 at 17:19 — 5 Comments

Olly Oakley plays Gallopade

Amazing skills - haven't heard this one before, I think this a Cammeyer tune.

Added by carrie horgan on July 14, 2021 at 7:22 — 2 Comments

Herbert J Ellis Banjo Tutor

I am keen to find any recordings of the introductory exercises from Herbert J Ellis, that I heard my father play on his zither banjo, and attempted to learn myself. Unfortunately I don't know the names of these pieces.

Also interested in purchasing a good quality zither banjo. I am in Stratford-upon-Avon

Added by John King on July 11, 2021 at 9:52 — 5 Comments

Lonesome Mama Blues - Fred van eps

This is just one of my favorites of Fred Van Eps. Something about this song just speaks to me. Is there a score of his playing from this recording?

Added by Byron Thomas on December 21, 2020 at 18:00 — 6 Comments

7 String banjo sheet music

I've been playing around with a 7 string banjo for about 6 months now and I'm am now looking for some 7 string sheet music. I'm currently working through what is available for the scan of  Ellis' Thorough School for the 6 or 7 String Banjo which is missing pages but is still a pretty solid Tutor. I already found posting with The Devil Still Pursues Her and Horace Weston's Grand March which are both great pieces if anyone ever wants to tackle them on the 7. Grand March is looking to be a…


Added by Byron Thomas on December 14, 2020 at 16:08 — 22 Comments

SS Stewart on Ebay

Nice SS Stewart Universal Favourite on Ebay Uk - scale length is just over 27 inches according to seller

Added by carrie horgan on August 20, 2020 at 18:40 — 3 Comments

Ragging the Scale - Van Eps Banjo Orchestra

A different version of Ragging the Scale than the one in the Original Recordings library marked as Van Eps Banjo Orchestra.  I wonder who the other musicians were - sounds like plectrum or tenor banjo.

Added by carrie horgan on July 13, 2020 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Film release in all US from today!!

Hello everyone

I Introduce the movie.

Starting today in the United States

Trailer:scene I play the banjo

in the New York Times:…


Added by Satoshi Hara on July 9, 2020 at 22:03 — No Comments

Frank Fairfield

Frank Fairfield on banjo.  Wowzers.

Added by carrie horgan on July 4, 2020 at 13:30 — No Comments

Clarke Buehling interview

Just thought I'd share this on a youtube site 'Old Time Central'.  He plays: Lone Star Quickstep, Hot Foot Ike cakewalk and a twisty tune I'm not familiar with, The Hartford Jig.

Added by carrie horgan on June 6, 2020 at 7:30 — 2 Comments

Fretboard extensions

I'm in the market for a banjo with at least 24 or 25 frets. I've noticed fretboards extensions are usually only on professional instruments, with a few exceptions, which makes a lot of sense somewhat. I find if I had an…


Added by Jerron Paxton on May 21, 2020 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Brian Dingley

          Hi everyone.    I am sorry if this isnt the right place to say sad news, but I dont know how else to let everybody who knew Brian,  that he sadly died on Wednesday.

A big man with a big heart, so kind, generous and thoughtful I know he will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have known him.

                         Best wishes  to you all at this very difficult time 

                                        Sincerely    Jill…


Added by Jill Friendship on April 10, 2020 at 20:30 — No Comments

Brian Dingley

            It is with great sadness I have to report that Brian Dingley passed away on Wednesday.   

           A big man with a big heart he will  be remembered for his talent, his generosity, and his enthusiasm for everything to do with the banjo.

Added by Jill Friendship on April 10, 2020 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

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