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Clifford Essex Imperial restoration project
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand 3 hours ago.

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

A Banjo Galaxy
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew 'blind boy' Butler Sep 9, 2013.

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Pär Engstrand replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Clifford Essex Imperial restoration project
"Ok. Then I missunderstod your post, Marc. I'm sorry for that."
3 hours ago
marc dalmasso replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Clifford Essex Imperial restoration project
"Yes Pietsch is a well knowed & very good luthier ; sanding the fretboard straight is the good way to make it playable again , and in the same time , keep the instrument as original as possible ; I was just kidding ON most of the English banjos ,…"
yesterday
Pär Engstrand replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Clifford Essex Imperial restoration project
"Well, as I said, the neck is slightly warped, maybe a millimeter here and there, and not in a uniform way, sort of wayvy...Not even sure the neck is warped, might only be the fretboard being out of shape.  To me it sounds like the sensible…"
yesterday
Andrew 'blind boy' Butler replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Clifford Essex Imperial restoration project
"Any room on your butchers table?"
Wednesday
marc dalmasso replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Clifford Essex Imperial restoration project
"That would be quite an interesting method if a little unorthodox ; Not sure that the CE staff would make  of it ...."
Wednesday
Pär Engstrand replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Clifford Essex Imperial restoration project
"Definately worth getting it up and running. I have one myself and it's a pretty decent banjo. Mine also has a slightly warped neck. It's still playable, specially with the rather high action I'm using. I showed my banjo to a…"
Tuesday
Keith Wilson commented on Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's blog post Nut Material
"just for the record Clifford Essex used both ,at least on the Paragon Model."
Sunday
Andrew 'blind boy' Butler posted a discussion

Clifford Essex Imperial restoration project

Hi all!I've just acquired a Clifford Essex Imperial ( I think). It was fairly cheap so I took a punt on it unseen. Now that its arrived I can tell that it will require some work to get it back to its old self. The fretboard is hanging over from the neck slightly and there's a bow, perhaps because of the metal strings that have been on it. Do you think its worth the trouble getting it back up and running? does anyone have any experience restoring bowed necks on theseCheers…See More
Nov 29
Trapdoor2 commented on Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's blog post Nut Material
"If ebony isn't available, bone does a good job...but I prefer replacing dark with dark. A bone nut just doesn't look right to me if the original was ebony. Any of the harder woods will work so don't hesitate to use stuff like Ipe or…"
Nov 19
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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?See More
Nov 19
Joel Hooks replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"I can see that, and I would play on gut too if they were A) reasonably priced and B) readily available in the sizes I use. FVE was not trying to be historically accurate.  In fact, he made those late recordings with nylon strings on a banjo he…"
Nov 11
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"And yet there is an Early Music contingent that rejects nylon because the sound is not Period Authentic. Aquila and others make gut strings for them. There is even a small group in China and Hong Kong that will not use anything but silk strings on…"
Nov 10
Joel Hooks replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Nylon was better than gut or silk-- anything was better.  Imagine that for the first time you could play an entire concert without replacing your first (that would brake in the middle of a piece).  That was nylon.  A big game…"
Nov 10
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
" All I meant was that the recordings of FVE are in tune. If he is using fishing line that means that fishing line is not automatically out of tune.  Simple, no?  I was under the impression that Nylgut was developed for lute and viol…"
Nov 10
Trapdoor2 replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"I try hard not to make global assertions. We have the technology today to differentiate between fishing line and banjo strings. Such tech was in its infancy in the 50s. Did FVE have intonation problems? I don't know. I don't know anything…"
Nov 10
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Right, so FVE's very much in-tune use of fishing line for banjo strings does not seem to square with the idea that fishing line makes out-of-tune banjo music.  "
Nov 9

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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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