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Does anyone have a good banjo for sale?
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Hi, I have been looking at vintage banjos available in the UK, I have seen some at John Alvey Turner and some at Findajo, mainly clifford essex but also abbot, but I'm not sure how to chose and if…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ritchie thomson Jan 17.

new vellum
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Hi, just got a new skin from Clifford Essex, its a lot thicker on one side than the other is that right? Would have thought it should be even? RitchieContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ritchie thomson Nov 21, 2020.

Clifford Essex Special X
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Hi,What would be a reasonable price for one of these in good order, and are they good for classic banjo style? ThnksRitchieContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ritchie thomson Oct 29, 2020.

fourth string woes
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Hi, the bass string on my openback nylon strung banjo sounds bad, i have tried a few and they all sound dead - all are metal wound, is there an alternative - I thought maybe flurocarbon? Has anyone…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen Mar 25, 2020.

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ritchie thomson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Does anyone have a good banjo for sale?
"Thanks Carrie."
Jan 17
carrie horgan replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Does anyone have a good banjo for sale?
"Andrew Butler had two Clifford Essex banjos for sale on Facebook Marketplace recently - he is a member here (Andrew 'Blind Boy' Butler).   "
Jan 15
ritchie thomson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Does anyone have a good banjo for sale?
"Thanks Joel, I have a fretless banjo for simple early 'minstrel' music and a metal strung one for so called 'old time' and I'm looking for a nylon strung fretted for 'classic' now. I'm also looking for a tenor…"
Jan 14
Joel Hooks replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Does anyone have a good banjo for sale?
"I can’t tell you what to buy or what would be good for you, but I would take a second look at either of those Abbott “Weaver” looking banjos. I would not mind having that wood hoop but I don’t see them as a main banjo for…"
Jan 14
ritchie thomson posted a discussion

Does anyone have a good banjo for sale?

Hi, I have been looking at vintage banjos available in the UK, I have seen some at John Alvey Turner and some at Findajo, mainly clifford essex but also abbot, but I'm not sure how to chose and if the prices are sensible. Thought maybe someone here might know of a good one for sale privately?  The ones I was considering at johnalveyturner.co.uk were the clifford essex wood hoop £800 or one of the three Abbots, any views on these? ThanksSee More
Jan 14
Pär Engstrand replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Friction tuners on a zither banjo? I have never seen that before. Please post pictures of the banjo. That repair-work is called "buying-a-new-banjo". Lots of people on here do it all the time! :-)"
Dec 4, 2020
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Well first of all it is not at all weird to have a string instruments with strings of different materials, Every type of guitar is like that for instance. Even instruments having entirely unwound metal strings such as sitar or sarode in India have…"
Dec 4, 2020
ritchie thomson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"So I have been doing up the dodgy no-name ZB - new head, correct strings, dismantled and cleaned everything - even took the tuners (non-original friction tuners) apart. It kind of works, but I think it would be better with a few  more changes -…"
Dec 4, 2020
ritchie thomson commented on carrie horgan's video
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Buckwheat Barn Dance (classic-style banjo)

"Hi Carrie, very nice. Where can I get the sheet music for this?"
Dec 1, 2020
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"HA!  I might be older than you :-)    and I don't wanna be in charge of nuttin' neither.  I got a "full plate" these days. But does anyone need to be in charge?"
Nov 22, 2020
Richard William Ineson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"I think that it's an interesting project which has not been tackled before, I'm too old to be in charge of anything but if you feel able to coordinate the necessary work I would be glad to weigh my banjos and submit the results for listing."
Nov 22, 2020
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"I like the Weigh Your Banjo suggestion, Richard. My bathroom scale measures only in pounds and  fifths  of a pound, No ounces and no grams. It's ok like that? For instance my 1909 Bacon Professional FF weighs 6.2 pounds on my scale.…"
Nov 22, 2020
Richard William Ineson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"It would be interesting if Ning members compiled a list of the weights of various makes and styles of banjo, I don't think that this has been done before."
Nov 22, 2020
ritchie thomson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion new vellum
"I'm really not sure if it is a problem, but the difference is huge, I would say its three times thicker at one side, I'll email CE. "
Nov 21, 2020
Pär Engstrand replied to ritchie thomson's discussion new vellum
"No, that doesn't sound right to me. Specially if it is very noticable. I'm not an expert though. I've only put on some 10 skins or so. I'm a bit surprised about that, though. I've only ordered a skin once from Clifford Essex…"
Nov 21, 2020
ritchie thomson replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"mine is probably half that, yes its a poor example. "
Nov 21, 2020

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