February 2010 Blog Posts (7)

Banjo Nuts needed!

I need to find at least 3 Lange, or Paramount banjo closed end hook nuts. Does anyone have a source for a few parts...I've searched the web to no avail and every time I'm at a dead end I find great help here.
Many thanks in advance for any help that might be shared.

Added by Dana L. Richardson on February 28, 2010 at 19:06 — No Comments

Syncopatin' Shuffle

Hi All,

About 3 years ago there was a program presented by Julian Vincent on BBC Radio 4 called Syncopatin' Shuffle. I have a copy of this program and listened to it again this week. I think it's a wonderful show and think some of you will enjoy it too. It's not strictly about classic banjo - it covers minstrel/stroke-style, classic, bluegrass and clawhammer.

I contacted Mr Vincent and while he is not the copyright holder (the BBC is) he had no issue with me making it… Continue

Added by Adam on February 28, 2010 at 17:37 — No Comments

i love that banjo

My friend Mark is a rock & roll 'guy from the London ' 1970 scene ( remember " sympathy " ) . He don ' t tune perfectly his guitar but he " love that banjo " ; next step , a classic banjo in a rock & roll band ; i promise


Added by marc dalmasso on February 24, 2010 at 10:34 — 1 Comment

Weymann style_20_no ring_no clad

i like very much this banjo ( i play it on " poppies & wheat " ) ; no tone ring ,no clad but a woodhoop and it is powerful ; it ' is a 10 1/2 pot ; from my research , Weymann used to built only 7 ( ukes & piccolos ) , 9 , 10 1/2 , 11 and 12 inches ' pots . May be 20 is for 20 bucks because these were entry levels ' ones ; but the mapple wood is always from 1st quality and so are the heavy metal parts . Mine is number 20382 ( from1917 or 1918 , i guess ; the patented stuff on the dowel… Continue

Added by marc dalmasso on February 11, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

George C. Dobson and Frank B. Converse books up again on eBay


The eBay auctions on my two 1870's banjo books ran for their first week, and are now in our eBay 'store'.

Offers accepted!

They are:

1887 Frank B. Converse Analytical Banjo Method



1877 Dobson's New System…


Added by Heather Masterton on February 9, 2010 at 2:14 — No Comments

Anybody know the names of Hot Honk, Louis Hanson, Bart Drake, J.A. Sennoff, Jr? (on a Vega s/n 36593)


In our Kovel's Collector's Gallery newsletter, a correspondent posted a photo of a banjo marked,"Fairbanks Banjo, made by the Vega Company, Boston, Mass."

On the inside are several signatures and dates, all in the early 1920s.

They are:

- Hot Honk, Louis Hanson, Bart Drake, J.A. Sennoff, Jr, and others.

Anybody know these names?

According to Kovel's the instrument's serial number 36593, means it was manufactured between 1915 and…


Added by Heather Masterton on February 9, 2010 at 2:07 — 7 Comments


Just an aside, for UK members only it looks like Mimmo is over here on Saturday giving lecture at the Lute Soc meeting at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (nearest tubes: Bank, Liverpool Street).

Added by David Wade on February 2, 2010 at 7:23 — No Comments

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