Hello David, I always think about you over in the UK and how you are doing. I don't get on Skype much anymore. (we use to do text chats together on Skype a long time ago) so it is good to be able to catch up on what you are up on here on this site. When I have a chance, I need to develop my homepage more.
Take care - Charis
Hi David !
Nice to earing from you! I can understand that good peoples are always on good sites, your photos are so good ! I will put some tune on this site next.
Also some good cylinder music, i 'm collecting banjo cylinders music , i have some good old recordings of Ossman & Van Eps, i have also an Edison talking machine, i planning to catch on my camescope and put it on this site too. Carl Anderson had a good idea !!!
thankyou for your friendship offer, I had a wonderful day at Ridgway and, I'm always impressed by the standard of playing ta these events, hopefully I may play one soon, (it,s the red light syndrome) at home it's easy, elsewhere, difficult.
May I add, I liked the sound of the Clifford Essex banjo, it has a good tone.
Hope to see you at Bretby,
It was through a google search by one of my sons that we came across this site in the first place. We`are trying to trace back through the family tree and he came across it as a result of the Google search. One of my brothers has a CD or something that had mentions of my father on the Cover of the CD. I have not seen the CD or the cover but I have read somewhere that Rob Murch was taught to play (I think by my father but I am not sure). My first name is actually Kenneth but I never use it as my father named me after his great "Banjo Idol" the one and only "Tarrant Bailey Jnr" my second christian name is as you might guess Tarrant but it got shortened to Tarry by my parents unless they were annoyed with me as a child then it was always "Tarrant" or even "Kenneth Tarrant".
I really enjoyed Backwell. A bit of an outing for a bass banjo. The jacuzzi in the hotel bedroom was huge, nect to the bed, asnd would have taken about three hours to fill. It WAS the honeymoon suite I know, but Mrs P had her own agenda, which we don't need to go into now.....
Thanks David, any help would be appreciated as I have aquired very little regarding Zither banjo restoration from the net. Just received the tail pieces and z-shaped brackets back from being chrome plated.The banjo needed quite a bit of work as you will see in the soon to be published pic's. The neck was badly bowed and twisted which I've seemed to have sorted out. Bought it on an auction site here in South Africa for ZAR 300 [26 pounds]. The fret board seems to have been replaced with, it looks like Walnut which I have stained to match with the last two and a half frets looking like ebony. Was wondering if it needs a bar under the vellum unit or, as I received it with a block of wood between the neck and metal ring, perhaps you could shed some light for me? My best, Grant.
thanks for the pointers. I've got my eyes on an antique which would be relatively affordable (it's in good enough condition to be playable, but not good enough to be prohibitively expensive!) but I'll have to have some new pegs made for it, as well as a new bridge and probably a new vellum. Otherwise it looks pretty sound.
I'll get a simple, thin two-footed maple bridge for it, as seen in S. S. Stewart's BGM journal. What height bridge should I use? 1/2" or 5/8"?
Hello and thankyou. Ok, my banjos! well I have collected them over 30 years and a couple are unplayable at present, The one I play most is an early Clifford Essex concert grand which has a XX special tailpiece and tension hoop tho' I suspect is original, it is the less common rosewood (can't remember the proper name for this particular darkwood) model and I bought it over the internet from America from Zepp country music, and suspect it was exported there a long time ago, it needs a few minor things putting right but is perfectly playable. I also have an early 20's Paragon no. 266, a Cammeyer zither banjo and an unknown, budget but exceedingly old, fretless, my two unplayable ones are another CE concert grand from the 30's in maple with a warped and twisted neck it will need a new neck, this banjo went around Europe with a soldier during WWII and a Windsor zither with a bowed neck, I have a cheap 60's John Grey for camping etc. But after all that I don't (as yet) play classical style, and mostly use the drop thumb frailing technique.
thanks for the advise david ..i dont know the best strings yet.the ones i put on were gibson vega.i would rather have a phospher bronze string on the 4th and 3rd ..they didnt have much choice where i bought them ...but there looks to be plenty on ebay....i normally buy my guitar strings 3 sets at a time ...its cheaper.ill try the essex ones next....cheers allan
Thank you for your welcome, Back in the sixties I played on my fathers 5 string Weaver banjos, but was more keen to learn the guitar. A few weeks ago I picked up my Merriman banjo and I can’t seem to put it down. Harold Merriman was my uncle, and he played along with my father in the BMG orchestra in Gloucester back in the 50s, I was still a young lad at the time.
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