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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

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

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.

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Rémi and John Cohen are now friends
Sep 4
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
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
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
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
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
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

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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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