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Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
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I just tried to order a gift for someone from Clifford Essex. But, the site appears to be down. Has Clifford Essex gone out of business?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Chandler Mar 27.

FOR SALE!: Lot of Classic Banjo Instruction & Banjo Music Books
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Lot of Classic Banjo Instruction & Banjo Music Books from Clifford Essex and two Joe Morley stickers!:I badly injured my left arm a little while back. I recently found out that I will not be able…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Milwaukee Matzen Jun 2, 2021.

Blacksmith Shop Concerts: Aaron Jonah Lewis with Cameron Celestia in Concert!
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Aaron Jonah Lewis with Cameron Celestia in Concert: Joe Morley - The Mozart of the Banjo!My understanding is that this concert will be made available via the following link for two weeks (I believe…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Milwaukee Matzen Feb 21, 2021.

Banjo setup and phasing issue?
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I just started playing on a new to me banjo. It’s an 11” Vega Old Tyme Wonder with a frosted head, a 5/8” J. W. Hooks bridge, and La Bella 17 strings.I have two questions that I am hoping some of you…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Milwaukee Matzen Feb 23, 2021.

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Russ Chandler replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"Nothing official, but I understand Clems son is hoping to restart the business soon. I hope that's true."
Mar 27
Steve Harrison replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"I've now found a supplier of LaBella 17 strings in the UK,   stringsdirect.co.uk   however they aren't cheap in comparison to CE.  £12.99 plus £1.99 delivery but it looks as though they're the only…"
Mar 26
Trapdoor2 replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"So, we should provide a size chart for the CE sets. I guess I'll have to find an unused set and measure them. I know I was using their heavier gauge "Weaver" 4ths, which were 0.030".. The old website had string sets listed as…"
Mar 25
Steve Harrison replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"Thanks Jody, I'll have a google around the UK to see if I can find a supplier...Steve."
Mar 25
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"The excellent shop in Michigan in the USA called Strings By Mail (https://www.stringsbymail.com) ships internationally. The sell individual strings by *many* makers in many gauges, including rectified nylon by La Bella. There may well be shops in…"
Mar 25
Joel Hooks replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"LaBella are MUCH lighter than the CE offerings.  And the Labella No. 17 are just slightly heavier than period examples.  That said, LaBella does sell singles in pretty much any size you could ever want.  The only problem is that they…"
Mar 25
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"If you especially like the CE heavy gauge sets you may be able to still find some from retail outlets.   Another possibility is to buy single strings of another brand that replicate the CE gauges.  A third possibility is to discover who…"
Mar 25
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"I was using La Bellla Classical Banjo strings. I am not sure how they compare. But, they may be worth looking into."
Mar 24
Steve Harrison replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"I've been using CE heavy gauge strings for many years, now that they are no longer available, could anyone suggest suitable alternatives...Steve."
Mar 24
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"That’s a good question. Looks like all of their eBay listings have also been pulled."
Mar 24
Tom Tyrrell replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"Makes me wonder what happened to whatever products were in stock."
Mar 24
Joel Hooks replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"Yes, it is too bad.  I bought one of the Regal style armrests that they recently put out and was hoping to buy another.  When I was about to place my order I started seeing posts from people having trouble and then got the bad news about…"
Mar 24
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"Thanks. I didn’t see that post. That is sad news. All of my emails have gone unanswered. So, I guess it is safe to assume that Clifford Essex is unfortunately no longer in business."
Mar 23
Tom Tyrrell replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
Mar 23
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Did Clifford Essex go out of business?

I just tried to order a gift for someone from Clifford Essex. But, the site appears to be down. Has Clifford Essex gone out of business?See More
Mar 23
Richard William Ineson replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Classic Banjo Podcasts from classicbanjo.com?
"I'll get the few bits and pieces I have about KS together, and make a start about writing her up for the Morley bio on this site, I haven't found a photograph of her yet. Good to know that another 1891 programme survived."
Nov 3, 2021

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At 6:37 on May 20, 2021, carrie horgan said…

Thanks Milwaukee! Happy banjo playing, Carrie

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