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David Oakes's Ashborn copy 

Posted 6/19/2013 8:31:41 PM

David Oakes first James Ashborn banjo . Made here in COnnecticut from the work of English Luthier James Ashborn of Torrington CT . Circa 1852

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3 comments on “David Oakes's Ashborn copy”

Strumelia Says:
Saturday, October 5, 2013 @8:29:52 AM

I bet that has a terrific sound. What wood is the pot?
Nylgut minstrel strings I assume? Are you tuning it down low? It reminds me of my Hartel eagle bracket 1880s repro a bit, which has now become my workhorse go-to.

guywolff Says:
Saturday, October 5, 2013 @5:31:48 PM

Yes this banjo is tuned down at D and double G most or the time and a bit of sawmill (D) . The English Luthier James Ashborn lived 10 miles up the street in Torrington .. His banjos were all local maple (I Think ) .This one is . The tone is outstanding .Here is a link to Needlecase played a few months back ..youtube.com/watch?v=JEBI62NNrGM

All the best , Guy

Strumelia Says:
Sunday, October 27, 2013 @4:30:46 AM

Hi Guy, thanks for your nice comments. You should think about going to the Early Banjo Gathering in Antietam MD next year- all us 1850s-minstrel-tunes-strokestyle heads there. There would be other Ashborns there, Ashborn guitars too. :)

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