Restored 1890s Morrison banjo, same as one played Vess Ossman at Madison Square Gardens with Tommy Glynn during the mid 1890s. The action is at almost 1/4".....

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Comment by thereallyniceman on January 22, 2018 at 20:00

Very, very good indeed!  The banjo looks and sounds amazing! As you know I think the action of 5-6mm or 1/4" is about right for Classic Style with nylon/gut strings. I am sure that you will get used to it very quickly and it doesn't seem to be causing you too much trouble!

The "new" Vess is amongst us ;-)

Keep restoring and  the videos coming... what banjo is next? You can never have  too many Classic Banjos.

Comment by Jody Stecher on January 22, 2018 at 20:26

Congratulations!  You have got The Sound. I also like how you are using your thumb in Turkey In The Straw. It's exactly what I would do.

Comment by Jody Stecher on January 22, 2018 at 20:30

I just read your post about restoring the banjo. I bet that moving thumb is the Jerry Reed influence. I hope you keep it in your banjo playing.

Comment by Texican65 on January 22, 2018 at 20:34

Thank you very, very much gentlemen! I was quite nervous posting a video on this forum, especially for a previous bluegrasser that cannot read notation. Some of this song I borrowed tablature given me by Marc Smith, and much of it i had to slow down the old Victor 78 to 33 RPM...and listen to it over and over and over again to try and figure out what he was doing on "Turkey"...also Shawm McSweeney helped me with some slowed down audio. I really appreciate everybody's help...I wouldn't have known how to set this puppy up without your tribal knowledge. I've got a thin stern vellum tightened about as tight as I am comfortable with, with a Clifford Essex 2 foot maple bridge, ultra light period strings.

As far as other future banjos.....Lord....I'd love an old Stewart Special Thoroughbred or a Van Eps banjo! We'll see....

Comment by Pip on January 23, 2018 at 0:24

That sounds so great.

Comment by Texican65 on January 23, 2018 at 1:01

Thanks Pip....more to come. Any requests?


Comment by Trapdoor2 on January 23, 2018 at 4:48

Halleluiah and amen. Somebody's been out in the woodshed, learning his chops. Well done!!

The banjo came out great too...amazing. Bravo!

Comment by marc dalmasso on January 23, 2018 at 5:22

Bravo ; very good

Comment by Joel Hooks on January 28, 2018 at 15:58


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