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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 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 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!

At 18:35 on May 15, 2011, John Milligan said…

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!


At 19:21 on May 15, 2011, John Milligan said…
Thank you Ian. I don't know if I have the courage to remove the resonator! Perhaps I can work up to it in a few days!
At 19:55 on May 15, 2011, John Milligan said…
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

Would a photo of the inside be of any use?
At 18:58 on May 17, 2011, John Milligan said…

Hello Ian!

I've posted some more photos of myn banjo.

Hopefully you or one of your members can give me some idea of its worth.

At 13:19 on June 11, 2011, Trevor Boyd said…

Hi Ian

Many thanks for the welcome. It looks like a really useful resource. I am still finding my way around at the moment so please please let me know if I post in the wrong place or mess anything up.


At 20:10 on June 17, 2011, SWCooper said…

Thanks, Ian. You can call me anything you like. I get called all sorts of things when I play. I'm third generation bad banjoist -- my father and grandfather annoyed people with music as well.


I just received my first zither banjo today (two weeks ago, I didn't know there was such a thing). It needs a little tender loving care (and identification -- I haven't find one like it online so far).


I'm finding the layout of Ning a little confusing. Are there sections for various topics, or do we all just prattle in our own blog section and hope for responses?

At 15:23 on June 21, 2011, Pam Tointon said…

Thank you Ian, I look forward to your beginners section and will continue to check in as I have in the last few weeks. I do have loads of questions which maybe best kept and asked in the beginners section but I must say how much I have enjoyed the video contrabutions and am amazed that somehow I have only learned of this wonderful style of banjo playing in the last few weeks on this forum. My only newbie question would be at this point is what is the minimum kit requirements to start to play classic banjo?

Regards Pam


At 9:54 on October 19, 2011, Alan Sims said…
hi Ian glad i found your site having played  guitar thumb pick style  atkins i was looking for something different than scruggs style classic is it now i need to put the thumb pick down and take the back off my barnes& mullins and restring and practice practice kind regards Alan  from Swindon.
At 14:49 on November 9, 2011, Alan Sims said…

hi  very nice man i cant  seem to down  load  any of  your great lessons i pressed the link below vidios  sent computer  into orbit  what am i doing wrong can any body help  thanks Alan

At 15:31 on November 9, 2011, thereallyniceman said…

Hi Alan,

We have not had any problems reported with downloads! Which Lesson are  you having trouble with?

What should happen is:

First scroll across to the  Lesson you want to watch and click on the Picture. This opens a new page to view the video Lesson. At the RHS of the video, and at the bottom is the References and downloads link. Clicking that LINK will download a .PDF file to your computer's downloads folder. It make take some time on a slow connection as the "Fingering Exercises" videos have several megabytes of Tutor Books attached.  I have tested here and it works as expected!

Good Luck and let me know please.

Ian, thereallyniceman

At 13:02 on January 14, 2012, Alan Sims said…

hi Ian i have been trying to practice Dolly Gray lots of bit practice on this one the mp3 is great i know your a very very busy man but could this be the way forward for us learners kind regards Alan

At 14:26 on January 14, 2012, Alan Sims said…

hi reallyniceman im to wondering if to change the head on my clifford essex  i think it has the original skin on it i am not sure what they mean by flat head what do you recommend that i order regards Alan

At 13:19 on February 9, 2012, Alan Sims said…

Hi Ian ,where is the chip and pin .Iwould like to donate to your site,I a bit dim when it comes to computers .what do i do .regards Alan

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