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Complete Collection of Cadenza and Crescendo Magazines + SSS Journals

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Jul 4, 2020 - 6:01:24 PM
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5417 posts since 9/21/2007

I recently learned about the publication of a fantastic website.

https://www.digitalguitararchive.com

Here is a complete collection of the Cadenza and Crescendo magazines.  This is a HUGE resource for late 19th and early 20th century banjo research.  These give a month by month of what was happening with the banjo (as well as the guitar and mandolin).

Want to know when Vega released a specific model... you can find the month it happened.  Want to know the month that "Somewhere in Dixie" was first published, this is the place.  Want to read Converse's Reminiscences? All of the issues they were published in are there.  Want to read some good "origin of the banjo" articles, and also some really racist versions of where the banjo came from?  Look no further.  Curious about why the banjo bridge changed from thin all maple to the heavy ebony capped design-- that is here.

There is loads of music included in the supplements.

In addition, there is a large volume of Stewart Journals including several issues that I did not have before (very excited about this).

If you want to understand the timeline of how the banjo changed in form, function, and what music was played (and how that changed), read every issue.

Jul 4, 2020 - 6:09:23 PM
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dbrooks

USA

3834 posts since 3/11/2004

Thank you for sharing this, Joel. I am a casual student of early banjo, but I will check this site out. I do have a couple of Bay State banjos and, more recently, a Stewart Thoroughbred.

David

Jul 4, 2020 - 7:30:21 PM
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148 posts since 10/8/2018

I Used the New York Public  library Digital collection to research my A. A. Farland  to discover that he and his team worked all the summer of 1900 to design the beveled top banjo and fist offered the Concert Grand (his only model until 1902) to the public November of 1900. There was so much misinformation and these resources were the only way I was able to find the true facts out about my particular Farland banjo! Now with this new site there are even more resources to use! Thank you Joel for letting us all know!
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Originally posted by Joel Hooks

I recently learned about the publication of a fantastic website.

https://www.digitalguitararchive.com

Here is a complete collection of the Cadenza and Crescendo magazines.  This is a HUGE resource for late 19th and early 20th century banjo research.  These give a month by month of what was happening with the banjo (as well as the guitar and mandolin).

Want to know when Vega released a specific model... you can find the month it happened.  Want to know the month that "Somewhere in Dixie" was first published, this is the place.  Want to read Converse's Reminiscences? All of the issues they were published in are there.  Want to read some good "origin of the banjo" articles, and also some really racist versions of where the banjo came from?  Look no further.  Curious about why the banjo bridge changed from thin all maple to the heavy ebony capped design-- that is here.

There is loads of music included in the supplements.

In addition, there is a large volume of Stewart Journals including several issues that I did not have before (very excited about this).

If you want to understand the timeline of how the banjo changed in form, function, and what music was played (and how that changed), read every issue.

 


Jul 4, 2020 - 11:45:13 PM

Emiel

Austria

9506 posts since 1/22/2003
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Quite a fantastic historical source indeed.

Jul 5, 2020 - 10:13:58 AM

hbick2

USA

218 posts since 6/26/2004

Great source. Thanks, Joel.

Jul 5, 2020 - 10:32:44 AM

553 posts since 8/14/2018

"A few years ago the banjo was a rude toy, played by ear and a discord at every other sound. To-day it is finished elegantly, and costs from $10 to $100 * * * If any one is of opinion that the, banjo is like the skating rink, a passing fancy, he will find himself wrong."

--Gatcomb's Journal , 1891

Jul 6, 2020 - 10:49:30 AM

619 posts since 5/4/2014

excellent!! I've been on the search for the Metronome Magazines for a while too.

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