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Weaver banjos for sale
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I have a large collection of banjos made by Alfred Weaver that I'm considering downsizing a bit, and I'm curious how much interest there is in the U.S. for them before I bother to list them. I'd be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher May 23.

Clifford Essex Professional for sale

I am selling the last (and best) of my Clifford Essex Professionals. This one belonged to Chris Sands in the 80's and was used on some of his recordings. Tarrant Bailey Jr. made him sell it to…Continue

Started Feb 7

Bill Ball's Strings
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Anybody know what gauges Bill Ball played? They sound not top light but not that heavy either.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Dec 30, 2018.

Two rare banjos for sale

Over on Banjo Hangout I am selling two rare classic banjos that will likely be of interest here.1.  Van Eps flush fret, one of the first two made and one of Fred's personal banjos.  This instrument…Continue

Started Dec 7, 2018

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John Cohen replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Spanish Guitar Footstool Knockoff
"I'm now the happy owner of one of Joel's footstools. They're the perfect height for banjo playing and Joe Morley used one, so if you want to play like Joe you absolutely need one..."
Jun 5
John Cohen replied to Joel Hooks's discussion ABF Fall 2019 Rally Dates Oct. 3-5 2019
"Great to hang with you, Paul! Looking forward to the next rally."
Jun 5
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Weaver banjos for sale
"I understand about shipping. It gets to be pain.  I think I'll pass. Yes, bringing them to the ABF rally's a good idea. Thank you.  I'd be a bit wary of Parke Hunter's banjo. Haunted!"
May 23
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion Weaver banjos for sale
"Here's a breakdown. All of these banjos are clad. 11" #1 - 26.5" scale, 2.75" deep pot. 22 frets. Replaced nut. 11" #2- Banjo is currently with a friend. If I recall, the pot is shallower than #1 and the scale longer. It has…"
May 23
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Weaver banjos for sale
"Is the CE special wood hoop or clad?  What is the scale on each of these banjos?  What is the depth of each pot (the regular banjos).  "
May 23
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion Weaver banjos for sale
"Sure, I can include a case. I am selling 2 11" banjos, one 10.75", and one zither banjo. The best one is a Clifford Essex Special (made by Weaver) that's apart awaiting a head I never got around to buying. "
May 23
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Weaver banjos for sale
"I might be interested in one. How many banjos is a large collection? Case included in price?"
May 23
John Cohen posted a discussion

Weaver banjos for sale

I have a large collection of banjos made by Alfred Weaver that I'm considering downsizing a bit, and I'm curious how much interest there is in the U.S. for them before I bother to list them. I'd be asking $1000 a banjo. Any interest or should I look at selling them abroad?See More
May 23
John Cohen replied to thereallyniceman's discussion What on Earth are these?????
"I was thinking more along the lines of magoc coils, dust bunnies, etc... I once found some spiders."
Mar 8
John Cohen replied to thereallyniceman's discussion What on Earth are these?????
"Thanks Chris- now I have an urge to tear apart my zither banjos to see what surprises are inside!"
Mar 8
John Cohen replied to thereallyniceman's discussion What on Earth are these?????
"Oh, I see... You have to pay $1.25 and then they will tell you how they work. Or maybe the answer can be found somewhere in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le2eB2xtvBQ"
Feb 24
John Cohen posted a discussion

Clifford Essex Professional for sale

I am selling the last (and best) of my Clifford Essex Professionals. This one belonged to Chris Sands in the 80's and was used on some of his recordings. Tarrant Bailey Jr. made him sell it to another of his students (funny story there). I hope to sell this to a classic style player.https://www.banjohangout.org/classified/73659See More
Feb 7
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Bill Ball's Strings
"It depends on the scale, the setup, and the player.  Anyway I am simply reporting what these gauges were, not advocating for or against them."
Dec 30, 2018
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion Bill Ball's Strings
"034 and 030w would make for a very evenly balanced set, but those are really heavy strings. I tried 032 for the third and found the tone muddy.  As for the fourth, I've found anything larger than a 028w to be too thick.  "
Dec 30, 2018
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Bill Ball's Strings
"  When D'Addario introduced a set of nylon banjo strings (was it the late 1980s?) the gauges were similar:  022, 028, 034, 030w, 022 They must have gotten the idea from somewhere.    "
Dec 30, 2018
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion Bill Ball's Strings
"I once heard he used .022, .028, .030, .026w, .022.  Not sure how or where he would have sourced such gauges. Anybody know the gauges that Clifford Essex sold back in the 60s and 70s?  "
Dec 30, 2018

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At 7:54 on October 4, 2016, Jonathan klass said…

Hi John

Thanks for the friend  invitation. I feel at home in this forum because it has a cultured feel and a sense of history amongst its members. A lot of other fiorums feel like a big fight.I look forward to interesting topics on this forum

Jonathan

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