I am a bit of an expert and have an eye for early pottery. Obviously this is a fake as it was made long before Sweeney invented the banjo.
Have a close look at the picture and you can see that it is a modern Chinese…"
"Early photo-realism, Jody. These were the two famous Circus freaks, Li and Le were joined at the wrist. Their performance was a combination of weight lifting (with their joined and very muscular arms) and Bonsai tree pruning (by the 1820's,…"
"The peg head suggests something other than a banjo, perhaps copied from art rather than from life. The bigger mystery for me is short person without the banjo. One arm is fat and the other fatter yet, long feet, a wide waist, and seems to be…"
"Alan Middleton did an arrangement of the Ragtime Dance complete with piano accompaniment for the Clifford Essex Co. which might still be available. I've had a look at my pile and I don't have the Rachmaninoff Prelude piano score or…"
"These are the tools that came with a Weaver banjo, you got one spanner/wrench and a screw driver. Tow types of wrench and an unusual typr of screwdriver with a wood inset in the handle. All very rare nowadays."
"I don't what the number on your Weaver banjo means, I've had a few Weaver banjos with the year of manufacture stamped on them, usually on the perch pole/dowel stick, but occasionally on the top of the peghead - the Joe Morley Weaver sold…"
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