by Jim Hartel, delivered Sat. Sept 15, 2007.
Thursday, January 3, 2008 @10:26:47 PM
Marc, Stumbled on your photos somehow. These are really nice. I met Jim HarteI at banjo camp north a couple years ago and checked one out but it wasn't until I was at a picking party a couple months ago at Bob Winan's house and spent a couple hours sitting across from Greg Adams listening to his that I really got hooked, nice banjar! I want one. Glenn C.
Saturday, January 12, 2008 @6:11:26 PM
Hi Glenn & Marc-
That's really funny!
Back in 1984, Bob Winans did a Minstrel Banjo workshop, as part of the famous MIT banjo exhibit, here in Boston. It was the first time I'd met Bob, and saw his original Ashborn.
There was a party afterward, and Bob Carlin and I spent about an hour or more passing Bob's Ashborn back and forth, trying to make "minstrel noises" with it. I was absolutely enthralled by it.
Only took another 4 years for me to finally find one. It's the 4th one to have "surfaced".
But 20 years later... after helping Szego, Wunderlich, Hartel, and just about everyone ELSE with Ashborn information, drawings, parts, and details -- my own Ashborn STILL isn't playable!
(Actually, ahem... I was just biding my time, while their shop skills "developed and matured"... ;-)
Now that all the correct repro parts are much easier to get -- I plan to finally get mine working by this summer.
It has "C. Gleason" inscribed on the hee, and was probably owned by Charlie Gleason, a minstrel with Duprez and Benedict's Minstrels, during the late-1860s .
(Gleason was born about 15 miles from here, in Lowell, MA -- and played with a couple New England troupes in the 1850s.)
I'll post a couple of "as was" pix on my Photo page - from when I first acquired it.
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