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  1. My prayers and sympathy for the greatest loss...

    My prayers and sympathy for the greatest loss anyone can suffer. I'm sure everyone on the site feels the same, whether or not they post it. Hang in there.
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    JerseyMike: Really curious about the repertoire...

    JerseyMike: Really curious about the repertoire of the original Libby Prison Minstrels and their instruments. Did they really play many old timey tunes? Were they able to keep and maintain a full...
  3. Thread: Bodhrans

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    Sorry if it seemed like a rant - sometimes I get...

    Sorry if it seemed like a rant - sometimes I get a little overloaded with non-period instruments at events, especially steel or nylon strings on fiddles, banjos or guitars, when the proper authentic...
  4. Thread: Bodhrans

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    Yes, stay away from the bodhrans, mandolins,...

    Yes, stay away from the bodhrans, mandolins, String basses (upright bass), fiddles or banjos with steel or synthetic strings, electric guitars, "old timey" tunes (i.e. early twentieth century) Some...
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    Do you have any info on the original Libby Prison...

    Do you have any info on the original Libby Prison Minstrels you model yourselves after, as mentioned on your stuff on YouTube and your website? Did they use 3/4 String Bass or full size?

    Eric...
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    Ah, yes, I forgot about that brand. That was one...

    Ah, yes, I forgot about that brand. That was one of the first American makers, if I recall. There are so many makers of traditional gut strings, (and silk gut combos for guitars), that it is no...
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    Did the minstrel group you model yourselves after...

    Did the minstrel group you model yourselves after use string bass? BTW, Pirastro Chorda strings, Dlugolecki, and Aquila are excellent makers of period correct gut strings. Are there any other brands...
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    Just curious, because I know gut strings for...

    Just curious, because I know gut strings for string basses can be quite expensive.

    Eric Marten
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    I looked at some of your photos and videos. ...

    I looked at some of your photos and videos. Looks interesting. What are the strings on your string instruments made of?

    Eric Marten
  10. I have to remember to read a little more slowly. ...

    I have to remember to read a little more slowly. "Gentlemen taking advantage of the discount are expected to dance with unattached ladies" With my cheap reading glasses, and reading quickly, I read...
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    I agree. It's near impossible to prove a...

    I agree. It's near impossible to prove a negative, but when you spend years reviewing original sources and descriptions, and never come across something like this, it's generally a good idea to not...
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    Period Music - Candlelight Evenings

    For those interested who will be in the New York/Long Island are this weekend, Old Bethpage Village Restoration will be holding their annual Candlelight Evenings this Friday, Saturday and Sunday,...
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    For those interested in the sound of the fiddle...

    For those interested in the sound of the fiddle in the Civil War era, you might do a search on this site for De-farbing a violin/fiddle, or "Violins and other period instruments". It is actual quite...
  14. Jari: Thank you so much for posting. Beautiful...

    Jari:

    Thank you so much for posting. Beautiful job - I was close to tears. Something for the holiday besides picnics and barbeques.

    eric marten
  15. I'm baffled by these videos of modern musicians. ...

    I'm baffled by these videos of modern musicians. I don't get the point. BTW, Who'll Be King But Charlie is one of the best (fiddle) tunes ever.

    Eric Marten
  16. Will: Thanks for your very thorough (as usual)...

    Will:

    Thanks for your very thorough (as usual) list. But just to be sure, are the tunes you listed the ones you feel ARE, or ARE NOT, the best documented tunes for CW impressions? Its not too...
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    Thank you, Kevin, for posting that. There is...

    Thank you, Kevin, for posting that. There is more there than someone could adequately go through in an entire lifetime. I actually scanned (quickly) through all of the hundreds of resources, and so...
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    Interesting discussion. - I have a somewhat...

    Interesting discussion. - I have a somewhat related question: Was it pretty much expected that a gentleman would immediately remove his hat upon entering a building, such as an inn, house,...
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    Ditto - Missed you guys. Eric Marten

    Ditto - Missed you guys.

    Eric Marten
  20. Edward: Absolutely not. I'll bet they weren't...

    Edward:

    Absolutely not. I'll bet they weren't period instruments either. If they were so inconsiderate, or deceptive, as to play a 20th century bluegrass song, I'm sure they didn't care about...
  21. Yes, of course. However, it is just as easy to...

    Yes, of course. However, it is just as easy to use only period instruments. Any violin can be "converted" to period style in about 15 minutes. The gut strings (Pirastro Chorda and other brands)...
  22. Dave: Nothing "wrong" with violas in this...

    Dave:

    Nothing "wrong" with violas in this context, if they are historically correct set-up, -just that it wasn't as commonplace as violin/fiddle. I usually prefer the commonplace to the...
  23. Mrs. Lawson, and Colleen: I did not mean to...

    Mrs. Lawson, and Colleen:

    I did not mean to unduly criticize anyone who is developing an authentic period impression. After being music historian at a very fine living history museum for going on...
  24. Violins and other period instruments (Moved)

    This is a continuation of the discussion on civilian units. The moderators felt it best to continue the excellent dialogue without taking away from the original poster's queries about citizens units....
  25. Early Days

    Scott:

    The Saylor's Creek event I was referring to, I believe was '84. I think we did meet. As far as the music, I hope I haven't become a "music Nazi" myself though I have become as meticulous...
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