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Nov 29, 2022 - 6:06:51 PM
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5287 posts since 3/22/2008

We sometimes chuckle at all of the names given to the tenor banjo back in the day. "Tango Banjo"; Banjorine Mandolin: Cello-Tango Banjo; etc. Well here is a new one I've never seen before (attached) in a 1922 C. & G. Conn ad featuring the Isham Jones Orch. Charles McNeil was the tenor banjoist in this band.


Nov 29, 2022 - 6:19:44 PM

3063 posts since 3/30/2008

According to, "The Ludwig Book", he was the head of the Ludwig banjo program, & "... personally tested every Ludwig banjo that was shipped"

Nov 30, 2022 - 1:31:25 PM
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3063 posts since 3/30/2008

John, One can occasionally find the origin of a word or phrase, but I think "African harp" may be a one-off usage by some clever PR writer, or a quip of some musician, & has never entered the lexicon of history until you revived the term.

Nov 30, 2022 - 1:59:15 PM

10286 posts since 8/28/2013

If the tenor banjo is an "African Harp," what is an RB or PB?

Nov 30, 2022 - 4:50:17 PM

5287 posts since 3/22/2008

I think "Tango Banjo" is probably the best of the bunch.


Dec 1, 2022 - 5:43:47 AM

10286 posts since 8/28/2013

i have been known to call my tenor banjo a "%^&$#@ piece of *#@$+!!!"

Dec 1, 2022 - 8:03:49 AM

983 posts since 5/31/2004

Nice photo, John!

Dec 1, 2022 - 12:45:23 PM

1499 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by tdennis

John, One can occasionally find the origin of a word or phrase, but I think "African harp" may be a one-off usage by some clever PR writer, or a quip of some musician, & has never entered the lexicon of history until you revived the term.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_harp

Dec 1, 2022 - 12:59:29 PM

3063 posts since 3/30/2008

Yes, there are African harps, but this term has not been applied to the modern banjo.

Dec 1, 2022 - 7:17:34 PM

7362 posts since 9/21/2007

“African Harp” was often used in articles throughout the late 19th century for regular banjo.

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