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For Sale: CE Wood Hoop Special

5-string Banjo: Clifford Essex Wood Hoop Special - £850 - includes vintage case and amazing new tuners for strings 1 to 4: Rickard Cyclone 10:1 Tuners - incredibly smooth! The original tuners are in…Continue

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Started Jun 18

Does anyone have a Zither Banjo for sale?
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Just in case the one I have in mind falls through - and it might - does anyone here have one they could sell? A decent one, of course. Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob MacKillop Aug 25, 2021.

How to undo a reset neck?
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I'm looking at a zither banjo which has a had a reset neck, and a higher bridge installed. Before I buy it, how easy or difficult is it to re-reset or un-reset it?! Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Aug 24, 2021.

New Old Banjo - looks familiar?
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This arrived in the post today, well packaged, and in its original leather case:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob MacKillop Aug 17, 2021.

 

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For Sale: CE Wood Hoop Special

5-string Banjo: Clifford Essex Wood Hoop Special - £850 - includes vintage case and amazing new tuners for strings 1 to 4: Rickard Cyclone 10:1 Tuners - incredibly smooth! The original tuners are in the case. This is a really beautiful banjo, with a  superb neck/fingerboard. Great tone with nylgut strings. One of the best models you can buy for classic banjo playing. Some here will recall it once belonged to Carrie Horgan. I'm selling for the same sale price Carrie had, without adding the…See More
Jun 18
Rob MacKillop replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"I used a wound 4th, John. "
May 17
Rob MacKillop replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"All you need to do is email Bow Brand, as I mentioned. They have everything you need. "
May 17
Rob MacKillop replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"They don't make "banjo strings", just harp strings in 8, 10, 12-foot lengths depending on thickness. So you get a banjo few strings from one length. You have to email them for their latest pdf price list, which includes all the gauges…"
May 16
Rob MacKillop replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"For the record, Clifford Essex repackaged gut strings from Bow Brand, a harp-string maker in England. These are the ones Clem marketed briefly as a "Rob MacKillop" set, much to my surprise and without asking me! I never got a penny either.…"
May 14
Rob MacKillop and Michael Kennedy are now friends
May 12
Rob MacKillop replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"My tuppence worth: I would never say one material is intrinsically "better" than another. This is music we are concerned with. Better longevity does not equate with a more musical string, and that is a subjective area. My preference is…"
May 9
Rob MacKillop replied to Gavin Bodnar's discussion What is the best tutor book?
"I completely agree with Joel, in that the "Mel Bay's Banjo Method - C Tuning - Concert Style" is the way to go. I know it intimately well, as they commissioned me to do the sound files. You can hear them all for free…"
Apr 17
Daniel PEARCE commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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Rob MacKillop Plays Alfred Cammeyer's Zither-Banjo Compositions

"Classic banjo should thrive. There does seem to be a 'which camp are you in?' mentality in the banjo world which I don't think promotes the instrument's potential and versatility in the slightest. I personally can't seem to…"
Oct 15, 2021
Rob MacKillop commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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Rob MacKillop Plays Alfred Cammeyer's Zither-Banjo Compositions

"Cheers, Daniel. Good to hear from you. I certainly hope you do get stuck in to the classic style, as it does seem to be a very minority sport these days. We need all the players we can get. See you around! Rob"
Oct 15, 2021
Daniel PEARCE commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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Rob MacKillop Plays Alfred Cammeyer's Zither-Banjo Compositions

"Wonderful to hear your beautiful banjo music again! I wasn't sure if you had entirely stopped or not so this is a lovely surprise. I am inspired to tackle some classic banjo again. As Bret and you say it's mystifying why this is not better…"
Oct 15, 2021
Rob MacKillop replied to thereallyniceman's discussion More BMGs added to the John Field Memorial Library
"Or the politics of the banjo..."
Aug 29, 2021
Rob MacKillop replied to thereallyniceman's discussion More BMGs added to the John Field Memorial Library
"Haha. Indeed. "
Aug 29, 2021
Rob MacKillop replied to thereallyniceman's discussion More BMGs added to the John Field Memorial Library
"Scotland never voted for Brexit or for Boris! Yet here we are...I’ll say no more! "
Aug 29, 2021
Rob MacKillop replied to thereallyniceman's discussion More BMGs added to the John Field Memorial Library
"Having no qualifications evidently doesn't stop people getting jobs, though, Pär...In fact, it seems quite common!"
Aug 27, 2021
Rob MacKillop replied to thereallyniceman's discussion More BMGs added to the John Field Memorial Library
"Any contenders out there? I think it needs someone younger, as it’s looking somewhat dated. I’m too old, too busy, and not qualified. I’d hate to see it die. Someone you like Ian, perhaps..."
Aug 27, 2021

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At 8:05 on December 2, 2011, thereallyniceman said…

After a wander in the banjo wilderness, it is good to see that you found your way home. Welcome back Rob, from all of us, I am sure!

At 9:21 on December 2, 2011, Sylvia said…

Hi Rob, nice to see you back on classic.

At 9:41 on December 2, 2011, Mike Moss said…
Hi Rob! Your videos on YT were one of the things which inspired me to take up Classic Banjo. I'm very glad to see that such an exceptional musician is among us once again.
At 12:06 on December 2, 2011, Rob MacKillop said…

Thank you all for the warm welcome. Looking forward to seeing what you are all up to. 

At 14:58 on December 2, 2011, Trapdoor2 said…

Aye, welcome back Rob. Glad to see you here!!

At 15:24 on December 5, 2011, Sylvia said…

Hi Rob , thank you for the Buckley, the Baur looks good too. But must get some more ink before I start downloading that and your Mel Bay Book.

At 16:23 on December 5, 2012, Robert Dooley said…
Here in Minnesota we have four classic ban joists who would like to develop an ensemble similar to yours. We are searching for arrangements that would include a. piccolo part in addition. any information would be greatly appreciated.. a golfing friend of mine whose wife is an Edinburgh native enjoyed hearing your group and was surprised to hear that Scots were into that sort of thing. Robert
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