"A really beautiful banjo, I bought one of these top grade Stewarts, in Scarborough, in a junk shop, in about 1967, for £4. 10 shillings - £4. 50p new money, this had an elephant's head carved on the heel, which I've never seen…"
"It's just my view Jody, I don't want to fall out with anyone about the merits, or otherwise, of any kind of banjo. Violins attained what most violinists would agree, was the best form for that particular instrument in the 17th century, and…"
"I've had at least two 'Regals' as for the 'Paragon' I've had all kinds, top and bottom tension, silver/nickel and gold plated. My impression of the 'Paragon' model was that it was supposed to be a rival to the…"
"Very Spanish indeed, I could almost feel the heat and hear the roar of the crowd watching the bullfight. A more moody solo with a Spanish feel to it, is En Camino by Frank Lawes, Spanish music seems drawn to the banjo; very well played, and…"
"Cammeyer imported a lot of Cole banjos prior to establishing his own workshop with Essex, even then they had difficulties in supplying demand for banjos, especially of the more expensive kind. Normally, the Cammeyer 'Cole' banjos have the…"
No worries mate. Our old mutual mate Dave Wade kept me up to date as to your progress. So stay on top, as there are not many of us good guys left. Luckily, I'm not flooded out. Anyway, there is always a ice cold beer in my fridge for you. Keep smiling. Ray
thanks for confirming the origins richard.it has been in a case in one of my neibours loft for 50 yrs.the case has an essex label in it .i traced the case on the net 1920s.the last owner put his name on the skin and the date ..1961.but i knew it was older than that ....ie..the grover tuners.i will have to search for one more.i saw an abbott on ebay and the 5th string was on the neck ...this one goes trough a tunnel in the fingerboard.....is it an earlyer model perhaps?...it would be good to find out...thanks again....allan
thats a good idea richard,ime afraid ime a novice so far .i would rather have 4 strings at the moment...i fingerpick on my guitars but the string spacing in alian to me at the moment ...i will get another bridge and spread the strings a bit...thanks