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SS Stewart on Ebay

Nice SS Stewart Universal Favourite on Ebay Uk - scale length is just over 27 inches according to seller

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SS-Stewart-5-string-banjo-open-back/293698799388?hash=item4461d0071c:g:-08AAOSwfZVfPpsQ

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Ragging the Scale - Van Eps Banjo Orchestra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZYaoR-h6F8

A different version of Ragging the Scale than the one in the Original Recordings library marked as Van Eps Banjo Orchestra.  I wonder who the other musicians were - sounds like plectrum or tenor banjo.

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ritchie thomson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Thanks everyone for your help, much appreciated."
9 hours ago
carrie horgan replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Hi Ritchie - in the UK I would currently expect to pay anywhere from £650 to £950 for a Clifford Essex CE Special in good condition; may be around £450 if it needed work. The woodhoop ones are rarer and may be closer to the top-end."
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Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Well sure. We have choices. How much choice between strings was available in the classic era? I never fussed about banjo strings when I was a teenager in the 1950s. I took what I could get. And that was Black Diamond. It was like Henry Ford and his…"
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Joel Hooks replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"From the little evidence I have on strings for these, they used the same but were shorter scale. From all that I have read, we fuss WAY more over strings than was done during the classic era."
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Joel, were lighter gauge strings used on the Special models?  Or was the scale shorter from bridge to nut?"
yesterday
Joel Hooks replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Hi Marc, In the US, starting in the early 1890s, a "Special sized" banjo (which was 10 1/2" rim and shorter scale) was a banjo designed to be pitched one step above C, or pitched with the 4th string to D and all others one step higher…"
yesterday
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"It may not be Bert's finest arrangement, though he was an excellent arranger, but it is probably his most poignant.  Bert died at the age of 43 of bronchial pneumonia, having been afflicted for most of his life with lung problems. …"
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thereallyniceman commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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"With all this talk about Bert Bassett I have just scanned an arrangement by him while scanning old BMG magazines. I don't know if it is his finest :-)"
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Steve Harrison commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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"The score for Bushrangers has now been added to the library, it's a copy of a copy but I've cleaned it up as best I could...Steve."
yesterday
marc dalmasso replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"The CE   special X   is the model  prior  to the CE  Boudoir  , exactly same construction  but  10 1/2  inches   ( Boudoir = 11 ' )   It 's a rarity  ; i …"
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Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Oh!  This might be a CE Special. It's a less valuable model monetarily but musically desirable if it's all in working orr. Is the hoop (the "pot") covered with metal? Is it all wood?  Definitely the price I quoted is…"
Wednesday
Joel Hooks replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
" I presumed the missing X was a typo. "
Wednesday
ritchie thomson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Thanks, it has CE Special X stamped on the wooden dowel stick, supposed ly dates from 1904/5, is tthat the same as an XX?"
Tuesday
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"I am not aware of a Clifford Essex Model called "Special X" .  A similar name is "XX Special" and I paid a bit more than the equivalent of $2200 USD and I think I got a fair price.  They are very good for classic style…"
Tuesday
ritchie thomson commented on Pär Engstrand's video
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Hazel Dell - arranged by Herbert J Ellis

"Very nice sir, well played and sung, I liked this very much, thanks."
Tuesday
Joel Hooks replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Evidently I was off on what I thought these were worth in an earlier discussion. I was informed that $1200 was a good price. Provided it is a 5 string, then it was designed and made for what we now call classic banjo today. I have a later Concert…"
Tuesday
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Clifford Essex Special X

Hi,What would be a reasonable price for one of these in good order, and are they good for classic banjo style? ThnksRitchieSee More
Tuesday
Jody Stecher commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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"And Cammeyer composed music requiring long finger stretches as well.  Do we know for a fact that the various composers played banjos with similar or identical scale length? Banjos available to the mentioned composers would have had scales…"
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"Thank you all for the kind comments. Pär (alt-u-a) brings up an interesting point about fingering, and I wonder if anyone has also observed that different composers must have had different characteristics, given they all played banjos with…"
Tuesday
 
 
 

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