My version of William Parke Hunter's College Rag with a few brain farts thrown in for good measure.

Played on my 1920's Orpheum No 1 conversion banjo. With Chris Sands med strings, a Joe Morley banjo bridge, the banjo is loud and proud as any banjo should be.

I've had better takes but this is the best I could do with my iPad mini staring at me the whole time.

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Comment by thereallyniceman on June 15, 2014 at 19:43

Very good playing Dave, and as thereallynicelady says, that is a great tone you are getting from your banjo.

Video camera, webcams, iPads.. they are all evil one eyed monsters designed to cause brain fade in even the best players! ;-)

Thank you for posting, and for the "free ad" for  Classic Banjo Ning.

I still don't know if William Hunter actually was "Parke Hunter". The recent discussion led us to believe that Morton was Parke Hunter's Christian name but who ever composed it, it certainly is a great rag!

Comment by Steve Harrison on June 15, 2014 at 20:54

Well played Dave, one of my all time favourites. I usually start with it as a warm up tune...Steve.

Comment by Trapdoor2 on June 16, 2014 at 1:37

Excellent Dave! Well done!

I have an Orpheum laying around here somewhere but it is a "Brass Band" tenor.

Comment by Jody Stecher on June 16, 2014 at 3:30

Hi Lynn. Actually the Orpheum #1 is the lowest model. Nice banjo and not expensive, at least not the tenors. I have #1 tenor and it really "pops". It's interesting (to *me* anyway) that the vibrating length of the strings (the "scale") of Orpheum tenor banjos was shorter than the norm and the scale of their five-string banjos was longer than the norm. The upper models of Orpheum got rather ornate. Here's a low resolution photo of Shirley Spaulding playing an Orpheum #3.

Comment by thereallynicelady on June 16, 2014 at 3:38

Oh no, Jody, don't encourage him, the reallyniceman really likes the ornate banjos! :)

Comment by Jody Stecher on June 16, 2014 at 5:45

Ah, but the #1 is not very ornate, and that's the one Dave Houle is getting such a good sound from. So you have nothing to fear. 

Comment by thereallyniceman on June 16, 2014 at 6:22

So it will have to be a No3, with extended fingerboard, then.


Comment by Dave Houle on June 16, 2014 at 15:47

Thank you The Really Nice Couple and everyone else for your kind comments.

Ian you are correct, even if someone is watching me I get nervous. But most  will not pay attention after 20 seconds or so, but a camera will pay attention the entire time. I've gotten a little better though.

I saw a Brass Band on a site when I bought this one, but an original 5 string, not tenor. I remember the head size and scale being rather large. I'm thinking they sound pretty powerful.

I don't know, a No. 3 with an extended fretboard…that's a pretty classy banjo and would look great with your bow-tie!

Comment by thereallynicelady on June 16, 2014 at 17:36

I feel a conspiracy going on here.

Comment by Jody Stecher on June 16, 2014 at 17:49

The Orpheum #3 always comes with Shirley attached. Not only does she eat A Lot, slim figure notwithstanding, but she also never lets go her grip on the banjo. Ian could never play below the fifth fret and when he'd try to sound the strings, she'd always be in the way. These obstacles are far too great to be overcome by a conspiracy.

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