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Looking for 12'' Weaver Banjos

Hi everybody, for a couple of years I have been looking for a 12'' Weaver without any luck, and I figured I'd post here asking if anybody has one for sale.

Started Jan 22

My New (Big) Baby
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Shortly I'll be taking delivery of this beautiful Clifford Essex Professional, courtesy of Tom Ryan.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by marc dalmasso Nov 3, 2016.

Shuffle Along- Joe Morley

I had read that Shuffle Along was a Joe Morley arrangement of themes from the hit 1921 Broadway musical of the same name, but in listening to the music from the show I wasn't able to identify…Continue

Started Oct 7, 2016

Who made this banjo
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I just won this one on Ebay and am curious as to who made it.  My initial thoughts were that it could be one of the Weaver banjos made by Sydney Young with leftover Weaver parts after 1937.  It's got…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Oct 2, 2016.

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John Cohen and Paul poirier are now friends
Mar 15
John Cohen replied to Niklas Fred's discussion Hello/ new guy here
"The "new" Morley bridges are pretty different than the older ones.  They are much bigger and heavier, and they don't have the same spacing.  I personally do not like the way they sound or respond compared to the older…"
Mar 7
Rob Murch and John Cohen are now friends
Feb 3
John Cohen posted a discussion

Looking for 12'' Weaver Banjos

Hi everybody, for a couple of years I have been looking for a 12'' Weaver without any luck, and I figured I'd post here asking if anybody has one for sale.
Jan 22
marc dalmasso replied to John Cohen's discussion My New (Big) Baby
"may be  your CE Pro without roman number could be te first one of a série  ?  ?  ; i 've never see one  ( CE pro or others )  marked  I i 'am gonna open a new subject to collect some infos"
Nov 3, 2016
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion My New (Big) Baby
"I use a calfskin on mine.  I'd try a frosted top on it if you decide to go to plastic.  I've played one with a Fyberskin and it was completely dead sounding.  I also played one with a Renaissance head and it was a cannon but…"
Nov 3, 2016
Peter van Alteren replied to John Cohen's discussion My New (Big) Baby
"You 're right!  But it's a 'migthy' instrument and it needs a good player for a good sound ... I am still working on that. Mine still has a calfskin, so the sound depends of the weather. It seems impossible, but I think…"
Nov 3, 2016
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion My New (Big) Baby
"Yes, that's unusual in my experience.  By the way, isn't the Professional an incredible banjo?!  It takes a very careful setup to get it sounding great, but once you dial it in I'm not sure there is anything better."
Nov 3, 2016
Peter van Alteren replied to John Cohen's discussion My New (Big) Baby
"My Professional has number 154 but no Roman number at all. The hoop, the rim, the dowel stick...nowhere a mark. I understand this is unusual!?"
Nov 3, 2016
marc dalmasso replied to John Cohen's discussion My New (Big) Baby
"yes ; no doubt Who own a Professional here and could give  serial n° &  Roman n°  ? we could  discover the mistery of the CE '  numbering system"
Nov 1, 2016
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion My New (Big) Baby
"It's definitely marked I I I  ;)"
Oct 30, 2016
marc dalmasso replied to John Cohen's discussion My New (Big) Baby
"my idea is that one serie  is 19 Prof banjos  ; with the exception of my mistake , your banjo should be marked I I  ;    why is it maked  I I I   ?   : mistery"
Oct 30, 2016
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion My New (Big) Baby
"Marc, the dowel stick, spun-over lip of the rim, tension hoop, and wooden rim are all marked "III"."
Oct 30, 2016
marc dalmasso replied to John Cohen's discussion My New (Big) Baby
"i don 't know __________ we don  ' t know anything the only thing i think i 'am may be right is that the CE banjos were made by seria l/ batch  of 19 instruments"
Oct 21, 2016
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion My New (Big) Baby
"I'll share it once I have the banjo in hand.  Do you know when they started making these?  It's my understanding that the earliest ones date to the beginning of the '20s, but I suppose they could have made them in the teens."
Oct 21, 2016
marc dalmasso replied to John Cohen's discussion My New (Big) Baby
"Mine is 61 ;  Roman number  II would be interesting to know your Roman Number"
Oct 21, 2016

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At 7:54 on October 4, 2016, Jonathan klass said…

Hi John

Thanks for the friend  invitation. I feel at home in this forum because it has a cultured feel and a sense of history amongst its members. A lot of other fiorums feel like a big fight.I look forward to interesting topics on this forum

Jonathan

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