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Quite a while back while studying the history of the banjo, I recall reading that homemade "folk" banjos were a common feature of attics and storage rooms in parts of the American South. The reason given was that serenading was a universal feature of courtship in these areas and the banjos would be built specifically for courtship. The young suitor would learn a tune or two for pitching woo. However, once his goal had been achieved, the banjo would be put aside and generally was never played again. Ed Margerum firstname.lastname@example.org