Andrew 'blind boy' Butler
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Possible Clifford Essex?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan Dec 30, 2019.

Clifford Essex Imperial restoration project
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Dec 6, 2019.

LaBella 17
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Nov 11, 2019.

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carrie horgan replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Congratulations on your find.  Looks really nice and look forward to hearing a sound sample.  I was tempted by this one - am sure you won't have any trouble selling it on should you choose to :) I need to stop looking on Ebay - today…"
Dec 30, 2019
Andrew 'blind boy' Butler replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Cheers Rob. Told myself I wasn't going to keep this one but it's so nice to play. "
Dec 29, 2019
Rob Murch replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Nice looking Banjo that! Nice find!"
Dec 29, 2019
Andrew 'blind boy' Butler replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
Dec 29, 2019
Andrew 'blind boy' Butler replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Here's the banjo after a bit of a clean and set-up. Has a really impressive sound and very loud. Very different from my Clifford Essex Professional which is the only other 12 inch(ish) spun over I have to compare it to. The neck profile is also…"
Dec 29, 2019
Andrew 'blind boy' Butler replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Much appreciated Keith."
Dec 23, 2019
Keith Wilson replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Hello Andrew, Congrats on your purchase of that lovely Alvey Banjo. Alvey was a trade name of John Alvey Turner. The banjo would have been made for them by Sydney Young, who was Cammeyers maker. there are several distinctive features which are also…"
Dec 23, 2019
Andrew 'blind boy' Butler replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Thank's Richard, that's a great bit of info!"
Dec 23, 2019
Richard William Ineson replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Joe Morley is pictured holding one of these 'Alvey' banjos on the cover of his banjo tutor which was published by Turner"
Dec 23, 2019
Andrew 'blind boy' Butler replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Yes. A fellow on the Banjohangout is adamant that mine is a Sidney Young as well. It is listed in a catalogue apparently. https://www.banjohangout.org/topic/359401"
Dec 22, 2019
marc dalmasso replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Here ' s is a picture of a JAT  made by  Sidney Young"
Dec 22, 2019
Andrew 'blind boy' Butler replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"I think it's original. But I'm not sure it's an Abbott. A few people have suggested it was made by Sidney Young. I'm trying to find a John Alvey Turner catalogue to confirm."
Dec 22, 2019
marc dalmasso replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Do you think the reso is original to the banjo ? or  was it added  later ? if it 's original  , i guess the banjo would be  closer  to the 20 's I have an Abbott  , i guess closer to the 30 's  , and…"
Dec 22, 2019
Andrew 'blind boy' Butler replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Thanks.  Any idea of when it might have been built?"
Dec 18, 2019
marc dalmasso replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"inlays , peghead , neck ' heel  means Abbott beautiful banjo , congrats"
Dec 18, 2019
Richard William Ineson replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Looks like an Abbott to me."
Dec 18, 2019

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Nut Material

I need to change the nut on my Clifford Essex Professional. It currently has an ebony one but I'm not happy with the string spacing.

Would you replace with ebony or bone or perhaps something else?

Posted on November 19, 2019 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

Clifford Essex Professional or Weaver

Just wondering if anyone has An Essex Professional or a Weaver they'd like to sell.

Cheers.

Posted on June 14, 2019 at 18:54 — 1 Comment

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