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Bones Fest XXI
Aug 24 to 27, 2017
San Antonio, Texas

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Minstrel Style Bones
Authentic instruments for re-enactors and living history performers
Perfect for Minstrel Era and Civil War gigs.

oval ends Ebony was the wood of choice for Mister Bones on the professional minstrel stage. Rosewood was prominent too. (You could buy a set of four 7" ebony bones for thirty-five cents in the 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog. Rosewood cost twenty.) But domestic woods were also popular, especially among folks who made their own instruments. "I have two pairs of walnut and oak bones carved and played by my great, great-grandfather during the Civil War," says four-time Grammy Award winner (and life-long bones player), David Holt.

Minstrel-style bones follow the standard 28 degree arc, and measure around 1" wide, by 3/8" thick, by 7" long.

Minstrel-style bones are characterized
by their oval ends

Ebony Joe Birl Pea Patch Minstrel-style Bones Percy Danforth
Ebony Rhythm Bones.
Rhythm Bones with the patented notch
Traditional minstrel design, exotic wood...plain price
Minstrel Style Bones
Rosewood Vintage Other Woods Whamdiddle Minstrel-style Bones
Rosewood Rhythm Bones.
Vintage Rhythm Bones.
Other minstrel style woods.
Historically accurate reproduction minstrel-style bones
Bone Dry Musical Instrument Co.
3916 Iowa Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63118-4514
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