John Whiteoak
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marc dalmasso commented on John Whiteoak's photo
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"superb ...!"
May 20, 2012
John Whiteoak left a comment for marc dalmasso
"I was told that my great-grandfather saw the banjo as being close as he could get to a  bouzouki.  Pity I never heard him play it. Good wishes John "
May 20, 2012
John Whiteoak left a comment for Mike Redman
"Hi Mike No unfortunately it has steel strings but  have now released the tension and will replace them with gut strings. Good wishes John"
May 20, 2012
Mike Redman left a comment for John Whiteoak
"Hi John, the neck on my 'Clipper' is perfectly straight, perhaps because it has only had gut and now nylon strings fitted during its life.  I hope you have nylon strings fitted, the neck was not designed to take the stress of steel…"
May 20, 2012
Jody Stecher commented on John Whiteoak's photo
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"I know what you mean, Marc. I have my mother's guitar, made by Raphael Ciani, the maternal uncle of the famous archtop guitar maker Johnny D'Angelico. I also have the pieces of a Ciani mandolin that belonged to my great aunt who was…"
May 20, 2012
marc dalmasso left a comment for John Whiteoak
""i have the same , too , with the same twisted neck ; and he is playable , too http://classic-banjo.ning.com/video/souvenirs-d-andalousie";"
May 20, 2012
marc dalmasso commented on John Whiteoak's photo
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"it ' s  fantastic to have an instrument  which was previously owned by a member of your family ;  i  am in  the club ; i have my grandfather ' mandolin , beautiful  & signed "  J B Colin…"
May 20, 2012
John Whiteoak left a comment for thereallyniceman
"Well I hope that your wife goes for the banjo and not the player or it will be the last birthday. Good wishes John"
May 20, 2012
John Whiteoak left a comment for Mike Redman
"Hi Mike It sounds great, a very brilliant tone, possible improved by age.  There is a bit of a twist in the neck where it was left for years under a bed without the strings slackened but this does not seem to affect playing or…"
May 20, 2012
Mike Redman commented on John Whiteoak's photo
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"Hi there John, I also have a Clifford Essex 'Clipper' that has travelled around the world with me and is now here in Cyprus.  They are great little banjos and very well made for what was an 'entry level' instrument, great…"
May 19, 2012
John Whiteoak left a comment for Ray Jones
"Ahoy Ray Good to hear to you are still banjoing.   Yes, still on freezer mountain and another five years to go at Monash. Still keeping busy as you can see from www.ausmdr.com but any banjo related research (e.g. minstrelsy) has been put…"
May 19, 2012
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Clifford Essex banjo that belonged to my Greek-Australian grandfather. No one else wanted it was give to me as professional musician of the family but the years have passed and I have never learnt to play it Some bluegrass players have asked to have…
May 19, 2012
marc dalmasso commented on John Whiteoak's photo
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"congratulations ; same day that my son , born the 20_05  2005 . I 've got one more reason to make a future banjoist of him ."
May 19, 2012
Ray Jones left a comment for John Whiteoak
"Welcome John.   Are you still living up in the Hills of Healesville? Regards Ray"
May 19, 2012
thereallyniceman commented on John Whiteoak's photo
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"Welcome to the site John, enjoy your time on here. I overheard  my wife asking where she could obtain the above mentioned merchandise. I believe that it may be as a secret present for my birthday tomorrow ;-) I believe that you own a Clifford…"
May 19, 2012
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Pity they are just for banjos, autoharps and dulcimers
May 19, 2012

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At 11:12 on May 19, 2012, Ray Jones said…

Welcome John.   Are you still living up in the Hills of Healesville?

Regards Ray

At 6:33 on May 20, 2012, marc dalmasso said…
"i have the same , too , with the same twisted neck ; and he is playable , too http://classic-banjo.ning.com/video/souvenirs-d-andalousie"
At 7:24 on May 20, 2012, Mike Redman said…

Hi John, the neck on my 'Clipper' is perfectly straight, perhaps because it has only had gut and now nylon strings fitted during its life.  I hope you have nylon strings fitted, the neck was not designed to take the stress of steel strings.  If you slacken the ebony wedges it may be possible to reset the neck slightly so the top nut is true and level with the bridge when viewed from the top nut.  I have a couple of old banjos where the neck has a slight twist and have struck a 'happy medium' by shifting the neck slightly, but as you say, if it does not effect the sound or playing of the instrument, jobs a good un as they say!

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