I have always had an interest in the 5-string banjo. That interest is manifested here on my site in a variety of ways.
Many folks write to ask me to value their banjo. I'm always happy to hear from visitors to my site but just know that I won't attempt to give you a value. I'm not an expert and I'm not an appraiser.
Bluegrass Around Baltimore
I've always found it difficult to find Bluegrass performances in Baltimore. Maybe it's just me. I have a little bit of content that I hope will help you. Know of any events in the area? Please, let me know.
Bluegrass Instrument Manufacturers
In what comes as a complete surprise to me, my banjo manufacturers list is the most popular page on my site. You'd think just Googling would be enough, but apparently my list is more convenient. I actually keep two lists and am considering adding more.
- Banjo Manufacturers
- Guitar Manufacturers - those that make instruments most often used by Bluegrass players.
Paul Hawthorne's Web Site
My friend passed away in 2007. Just before, he asked if I would continue to publish his site and its unique content. I am proud to be its curator. Impressively, it draws as much traffic today as it did at the time of Paul's death.
eBay Banjo Sales
For about 5 years I tracked the sales of vintage Asian banjos, including Gold Star. Although the data is aging, it might provide some insights.
I found it difficult to locate the recordings of this late, great player. Here's some help.