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Anybody know where this banjo is?
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This unusual Weaver sold at auction in the UK back in 2013. Anybody know where it ended up?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen Jan 23.

Rare 11.5" Weaver for sale.
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I'm selling a really great 11.5" head Weaver. It was recently  refretted with period-correct frets by Kevin Enoch and is ready to play. I'd love to see it go to a fellow classic style player - please…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen Jul 21, 2020.

Eric Stefanelli Tubaphone
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Anybody know where Rob MacKillop's Stefanelli Tubaphone ended up? I love how that banjo sounds in Rob's videos and am curious what its specifications are (pot size, scale length, action/bridge…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Mar 25, 2020.

11.5" Pot Weaver and Cello Banjo for Sale
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I have an 11.5" Weaver for sale. If anybody here is interested, send me a message. It's ready to go for classic style, and the larger size Weavers are hard to find and a joy to play. I also have a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Crum Feb 28, 2020.

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Adam Siegler and John Cohen are now friends
Aug 5
John Cohen commented on Adam Siegler's video
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You and a Canoe

"Nice playing. I for one enjoyed your interpretation. It's not 1900 anymore and a little rubato is just what classic style playing needs to propel it into the modern era."
Aug 5
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion Anybody know where this banjo is?
Jan 23
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Anybody know where this banjo is?

This unusual Weaver sold at auction in the UK back in 2013. Anybody know where it ended up?See More
Jan 23
John Cohen and Rob MacKillop are now friends
Aug 23, 2021
John Cohen replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Cubital tunnel syndrome
"Hi Ian, I suffered from cubital tunnel for a few years . . . I got it from years of playing heavy metal on the electric guitar. It's a condition that one never truly recovers from, but it can be managed. The tingling in the little finger and…"
Jun 1, 2021
John Cohen replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Terribly Sad News for the Classic Banjo Community
"I was so sorry to hear this. RIP and condolences to his family. Who will take up the zither banjo torch now that David has passed?"
Apr 5, 2021
John Cohen replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Joe Morley Playing for Sailors
"It's a 12" Weaver."
Mar 3, 2021
John Cohen replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"No, the 25lb is for the 1st and 5th strings. The 30lb is for the 2nd string, and the 40lb is for the 3rd. For the 4th you need to buy a silver plated wound string of some sort (either nylon or silk). I recommend .024" for that string. "
Mar 3, 2021
John Cohen replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"No, that's the test weight of the line. I believe the 25lb is .016", the 30lb is. 018", and the 40lb is .022". The spools are not always labeled with the diameter. "
Mar 2, 2021
John Cohen replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Joe Morley Playing for Sailors
"I concur that this was taken during the Great War, but there were American sailors stationed elsewhere in Britain during 1917-18, not just in Ireland, so it could have been taken in England or Scotland. "
Mar 2, 2021
John Cohen replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"25lb, 30lb, and 40lb. Make sure you get the Premier line ... the standard Seaguar fluorocarbon does not intonate properly. Also, be careful using these string on antique banjos, especially those with long scale lengths. "
Mar 2, 2021
John Cohen left a comment for Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist
"Hi Tony, I just read that long conversation about Vance Lowry that you participated in back in 2018. The recordings shared there absolutely feature 5-string banjo playing with the fifth string. The banjos in the photo are Weavers ... I think the…"
Jan 7, 2021
John Cohen commented on Mark Reynolds's photo
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Alfred Weaver

"Hello Mark, I have a couple of questions about this banjo. Could you please email me at johnncohen1992 "at" gmail.com?"
Jan 4, 2021
John Cohen commented on Samurai Banjo's video
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World's Exposition March

"Excellent playing. What a beautiful banjo. "
Oct 7, 2020
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Cello banjo strings
"If the Gold Tone strings work there's no need to pay shipping cost and import duty,  There are two options, The UK distributer is  emdmusic.com If getting in touch with them does not produce results there is an alternative. Just buy…"
Aug 26, 2020

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