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varlin - Posted - 03/09/2007:  04:49:55


I have just seen a seven string banjo. How is this payed

varlin

flange5st - Posted - 03/09/2007:  07:30:13


........Howdy varlin......it might be that the banjo has cam-type d-tuners in the peg head.....they look similar to tuning pegs..just a thought........Peace

Andy McC - Posted - 03/09/2007:  07:37:43


I have a 7 string waiting for a lot of attention.
Not sure what flange meant, but try this.

http://www.nixworks.com/banjardevelopment.html

Let me know if it helps

All the best

Andy


"And it is in his own image, let us remember, that Man creates God."

flange5st - Posted - 03/09/2007:  10:04:41


.....checked out the web page, Andy....... if you get the thing in playable condition, record somthing on your "music archive".........I'd love to hear it.......:-)..........the cams are mechanical d-tuners that install in the peg head making it look like it has six tuners instead of four........Peace....BTW, there's alot of truth in your slogan, sad but true.........

flatfoot - Posted - 03/09/2007:  22:18:29


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In the early 1900s there was a movement to elevate the banjo into an instrument that could play so-called "classical" music. Many design inovations were tried, and among these were banjos with six and seven strings. I have not seen any evidence that any of these old instruments still exist, but some of the old sheet music is still around. There is a website that hosts pages from instruction manuals of the time, and it has music for seven string banjos.

I forget the name of the web site - anyone know?


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slowlybutsurely - Posted - 03/09/2007:  23:26:10


Dang, five is too many for me and somebody is adding more?

Tim Nash
"Awaiting my Huber"


Edited by - slowlybutsurely on 03/09/2007 23:26:31

Scarecrow - Posted - 03/10/2007:  04:47:17


Pete, contact Geoff Beaumont, "Geoffbo" on BHO. He lives in Yorkshire. I don't think he's posted yet, but he left a message under one of my pictures. He plays an English 7-string fretless in my old band, the Ugly Mug Jug Band, plus the Ginger Jug Band, and the Beaumont Brothers. His technique is unusual to say the least but it sounds wonderful, really bluesy, very 1927. The bass notes add a lot to the effect. Hear him at:
http://www.myspace.com/uglymugjugband
There are pictures here:
http://www.folktrain.force9.co.uk/Newpics.htm
Ask him also about his ancient English 5-string, that's a bit special too.
If you have any difficulty in contacting him, just leave a message on my home page here.

Scarecrow
http://www.myspace.com/jugbandman


Edited by - Scarecrow on 03/14/2007 17:06:04

ambpicker - Posted - 03/12/2007:  18:53:51


In the not too distant past, on the back of BNL, there was a stelling ad featuring a young player who played a 7-stringer. Geoff Stelling was then in the process of making him a custom 7-stringer. I can't remember the player's name, but it sure caught my eye.

mac1588 - Posted - 03/17/2007:  15:58:00


Lark Street Music in Teaneck, NJ has an old 7-string fretless banjo for sale for $695. Here's a picture:



Mac Carter

trapdoor2 - Posted - 03/23/2007:  10:45:21


The banjo has had some strange variations over the years, hasn't it?

Go here http://www.classicbanjo.com/tutor.htm for copies of some tutors, including one for 6 or 7 string banjo.

I just received a copy of an old (1890's) tutor which has tuning suggestions for 5, 6, 7 and 9 (yes NINE) string banjos. The 9-string banjo has three short strings (all on the same side and all tuned differently!).

AFAIK, banjos with more than 5 strings were an English thing. There are examples here in the states but they were never popular enough to have sheet music written for them.

"If banjos needed tone rings, S.S. Stewart would have built 'em that way."

===Marc

harperk31794 - Posted - 03/30/2007:  08:31:49


I'm amazed, I only got 5 fingers. Five fingers, Five Strings that provides total balance to the universe. Seven strings and pretty soon every thing will be out of whack, this may even have something to do with global warming, ozone depletion, greenhouse effect, no tellin what we're messing with here. I'd be careful!!!

Ken

Banjer, So Easy A Cave Man Could Do It!!!

banjovy - Posted - 03/30/2007:  11:12:39


I've never seen anything like that. That banjo is awesome! Wonder what year is it? Thats cool, it looked like a repertoire list was written on the inside of the head. Do you think its playable?


Edited by - banjovy on 03/30/2007 11:16:07

banjovy - Posted - 03/30/2007:  11:15:05


I just noticed it looks fretless. hmmmm.

John Kavanagh - Posted - 04/19/2007:  11:09:52


I notice they give g'Gcdgbd' for the 7-string, and g'Gdgbd' for the 6. That's the same 6-string tuning a few people use on the "modern" 1+5 six-stringer. (I've also seen g'GAcgbd' for the 7-string.) I'm very intrigued by the idea of a 3+6 nine-string. I play a Frankensteined 2+4 six-string myself, and I've thought about a 2+5. I'd like to hear someone who'd worked with that nine-string.

-JK

...it don't mean a thang,
if it ain't got that twang.

http://ezfolk.com/audio/bands/439/music.php


Edited by - John Kavanagh on 04/19/2007 11:12:26

brokenstrings - Posted - 04/20/2007:  20:39:30


Like the looks of the Teaneck banjo; what does the writing say?

Jessy

Frailaway, ladies, frailaway!

Lewey8705 - Posted - 05/03/2007:  13:03:26


I met up with Dr. Gregory Liszt of the new band "Crooked Still" after a show. Geoff Stelling had created a good 'ole 7 string for him. He said he has been playing around with the tunings, and is pretty excited about working out the perfect fifth by changing the tunings and such. Can't wait to hear it!

jand6002 - Posted - 05/27/2007:  09:29:02


I'm in the process of creating a 7 String Banjo from an existing Deering Goodtimes Special. One of the repair guys at the music store where I teach part time suggested this particular banjo. When I spoke to Barry at Deering, he confirmed this, saying that one of their employees
had converted a Special into a 6 String, and that it sounded pretty good! I've had a luthier/friend of mine create the neck and
bridge, and am in the process of finding a suitable tailpiece, or having one made. I should be able to complete this process during the summer,
and once I have this project finished, I'll post pics (and maybe MP3s) for everyone here.
Jand6002

jand6002 - Posted - 07/24/2007:  15:59:29


quote:
Originally posted by flatfoot

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In the early 1900s there was a movement to elevate the banjo into an instrument that could play so-called "classical" music. Many design inovations were tried, and among these were banjos with six and seven strings. I have not seen any evidence that any of these old instruments still exist, but some of the old sheet music is still around. There is a website that hosts pages from instruction manuals of the time, and it has music for seven string banjos.

I forget the name of the web site - anyone know?


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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
"I cannot talk to you right now
My break is coming 'round.
Kindly leave a message when
You hear the beeping sound."



jand6002 - Posted - 07/24/2007:  16:04:19


I just had this finished, and am posting pictures of it around the web for anyone who is interested. The pot is from a Goodtimes Special resonator banjo, and the neck was hand made by one tuthier, and finished by another. It's a beautiful grade of maple, which apparently, has been quarter sawn. Just ignore the guy with the "Hooters" t-shirt. His brother-in-law "made" him go there once.



bnjomn - Posted - 08/03/2007:  19:24:24


In addition to Greg Liszt, I believe Hiro Arita also plays a 7-string banjo. I'm sure there are other 7-string players out there.

Cheers,

Len

"A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well."

G. K. Chesterton

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