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Fantastic Tubaphone For Sale

I'm selling a monster classic banjo from my collection, an early '20s 11 13/16'' Tubaphone pot with a custom neck made for Bill Morris.  The neck is profiled off of a Van Eps recording banjo and has…Continue

Started Feb 28

Tom Barriball

Does anybody here know what gauges of fishing line Tom Barriball used as strings? Also, does anybody know the source of his tortoise shell picks?

Started Sep 2, 2017

A Question For Our British Members

I recently acquired a New Concert Grand that was played plectrum style by a guy with the name of Toft. Toft played at the Savoy Hotel with a band that broadcast on the BBC and that sometimes…Continue

Started Jun 23, 2017

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, 2017

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John Cohen posted a discussion

Excellent Tubaphone for sale

I'm selling a monster classic banjo from my collection, an early '20s 11 13/16'' Tubaphone pot with a custom neck made for Bill Morris.  The neck is profiled off of a Van Eps recording banjo and has a 28'' scale and correct Vega inlays.  The action is perfect for classic style playing with a 5/8'' bridge.  I have it set up with my favorite string gauges (.017, .019, .028, .024w, .017)  You can see pictures of the banjo here:…See More
Feb 28
John Cohen replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"Correct except that it’s likely 110-120 years old.  "
Dec 10, 2017
John Cohen replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"Weaver was still using those nuts in the Aughts, if not into the Teens.  "
Dec 8, 2017
John Cohen replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"Clem is incorrect- Clifford Essex did number repairs and restorations on the back of the peghead in the 1950s, and that’s what the number on yours is."
Nov 28, 2017
John Cohen replied to Texican65's discussion Another string action post...
"4-5mm measured from the top of the 12th fret with a 1/2'' bridge (taller bridges deaden the tone).  Most of my banjos have dead straight necks.... Ian, maybe your experience has to do with the heavy nylon you and many other English…"
Oct 4, 2017
John Cohen replied to steven tarner's discussion Weaver banjo
"Beautiful banjo, Steve.  I've sent you an offer."
Oct 4, 2017
John Cohen replied to steven tarner's discussion Weaver banjo
"Hi there, I'm very interested. Could you please post more photos, or better yet email them to me? My email is john "at" johncohen.com. I can get a better sense of value and make you an offer after seeing better photos."
Oct 4, 2017
Rémi and John Cohen are now friends
Sep 4, 2017
John Cohen replied to Rémi's discussion Questions about Morley / Arrangements (guitar)
"Remi, as a former guitarist I can tell you that your wonderful guitar arrangements are FAR more difficult than playing these tunes on the banjo. Excellent work and great playing!"
Sep 4, 2017
John Cohen posted a discussion

Tom Barriball

Does anybody here know what gauges of fishing line Tom Barriball used as strings? Also, does anybody know the source of his tortoise shell picks?
Sep 2, 2017
John Cohen replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Historically Correct Bridges Now For Sale
"I'm a very happy user of Joel's bridges, and I highly recommend them if you are serious about having a period sound and technique. They're identical to the "real thing"."
Aug 21, 2017
John Cohen posted a discussion

A Question For Our British Members

I recently acquired a New Concert Grand that was played plectrum style by a guy with the name of Toft. Toft played at the Savoy Hotel with a band that broadcast on the BBC and that sometimes performed with Al Bowlly. If anybody has more information about him, please message me.
Jun 23, 2017
John Cohen and Paul poirier are now friends
Mar 15, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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

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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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