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Thread #28416   Message #352516
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
06-Dec-00 - 03:13 PM
Thread Name: A fine time was had at Bent's Old Fort
Subject: RE: A fine time was had at Bent's Old Fort
It's doubtful that your banjo was (other than the name) the same sort of instrument that was at Bent's Fort in the 1830s. If your banjo is a tenor, that came along in the last decade or so of the 1800s. If your banjo is a five-stringer, it's also out of time. The fifth (that is to say, the fourth long string) was only added in the 1840s or 1850s, and wouldn't have been common until later than that. What was at Bent's Fort probably had four strings, three long strings and a thumb string. And of course emphatically no resonator, although you don't mention that item.

Dave Oesterreich