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Tenor Banjos

Bacon & Day Ne Plus Ultra Style
Made by master Luthier Karsten Schoor of Hamburg. It features a carved ebony neck with a lion head heel, exquisitely engraved pearl inlays, engraved pearl headstock, inlaid rim and resonator, gold plated and engraved metalwork, Ottinger style tailpiece, solid pearl tuner buttons, Gibson-style flathead tone ring. Incomparable looks and tone. HSC. Photos
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Bacon & Day Silver Bell Montana No1 Special (1 of 2)
Maple rim, white holly neck, f-hole flange, Gotoh tuners otherwise all original and in stunning condition, HSC.  £1650.  Photos
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Bacon & Day Silver Bell Montana No1 Special (2 of 2)
Another fine Montana. Maple rim, white holly neck, f-hole flange, straight neck, excellent frets, original hardware, including an Ottinger tailpiece. Comes in a sturdy Lifton case.  Lovely condition. £1500. Photos
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Bacon & Day Silver Bell Sultana No1 Custom
Maple, with a pearloid fingerboard, rim and resonator. Finished off with the most gorgeous gold plating, straight neck, excellent frets, the original hardware including Ottinger tailpiece and Planet tuners. An absolute stunner, that would suit any style. HSC. £1600
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Clifford Essex Paragon Serial # 1266
A Shaftsbury Avenue model with a rosewood fingerboard, rosewood peghead overlay, maple rim-cap, maple heel-cap, nickel plated, straight neck, excellent frets, original hardware, no damage or repairs, stunning condition. HSC. £4500 Photos
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Clifford Essex Paragon
1928-1933, Grafton Street model. Fitted with a calf skin head which is marked "new vellum fitted in 1933". No damage or repairs, straight neck, original frets, excellent original hardware including tailpiece cover, perfectly fitting resonator, Page Style E tuners. Also fitted are the original Grover Deluxe bridge, and pick holder, both of which can be found in the Clifford Essex catalogue (see photos), it also comes with two original spanners, also found in the catalougue. Comes in its original blue-lined tenor case, which is also in excellent condition. £6000. Photos
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Clifford Essex "New Paragon"
1930's. Super rare original top tension model, and one of only two known to exist. The top of the resonator is missing its lip, otherwise no damage or repairs. HSC. £4000
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Emile Grimshaw Hartford Grand
Mahogany, carved heel, and resonator, nickel plated, archtop tonering, original hardware, HSC. Photos
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Gibson Mastertone
Maple rim, full-weight flat head tone ring, one-piece flange, ebony fingerboard, pearl inlays, gold plated with Granada style engraving.  
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Gibson Mastertone TB-6/Florentine The Andrew Metzgar Banjo
FON 9337-1, circa 1929.  This banjo is most likely unique and is an interesting mix of two of Gibson’s high-end Mastertone styles. The fingerboard inlays and chequerboard trim are typical of a Style 6, and the gold-plated hardware is engraved with the pattern used on the ornate Florentine, the Grover clamshell tailpiece is engraved "Florentine", two-piece flange, 40-hole archtop tone ring, deluxe Grover tuners with solid pearl buttons, armrest-activated mute (missing a wooded pad). Other features including mahogany wood, dark finish, and concentric rings of checkerboard purfling on the back of the resonator are not featured on any other standard Gibson model, leading to believe this instrument was custom-made for Andrew Metzgar, whose name is engraved on the truss-rod cover, fitted with a Fishman rare-earth pickup, modern case.

Comes with a full written appraisal/valuation by Joe Spann. £9000  Photos

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Iucci Sinfonico Style 1

Natural maple, nickel plated, 11 3/4" aluminum archtop rim, pie-crust resonator, Eze-Tune tailpiece, friction tuners, never restored or repaired. HSC. £1000. Photos

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Iucci Sinfonico Style 5
Another stunning banjo from the house of Iucci. This time an incredibly rare Sinfonico Style 5.Huge archtop metal rim, rosewood neck, Kirshner tailpiece, Grover two-tab tuners with solid pearl buttons, profusely inlaid resonator. OHSC. £2000. Photos
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Karsten Schnoor No6 Special
Made in 2002 by master Luthier Karsten Schoor of Hamburg, in the Bacon and Day Ne Plus Ultra Style. It features a carved ebony neck with a lion head heel, exquisitely engraved pearl inlays, engraved pearl headstock, inlaid rim and resonator, gold plated and engraved metalwork, Ottinger style tailpiece, solid pearl tuner buttons, Gibson-style flathead tone ring. Incomparable looks and tone. HSC. Photos
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Leedy Collegian

Mahogany, nickel-plated hardware, top tension, replacement tailpiece, no armrest, low action, excellent frets. Not a heavyweight banjo, but still packs a mighty punch. Comes in a lovely vintage case. £950.  Photos

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Ludwig Capitol

Walnut, nickel plated, tulip flange, external action adjuster, Planet tuners, after-market resonator. £750

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Majestic Deluxe
Serial#2. Maple, profusely inlaid fingerboard and peghead, archtop rim, original Presto tailpiece and Elton armrest, Gotoh tuners, straight neck, excellent frets, lovely soft action, barely visible hairline crack on one side of the heel. HSC. £1300. Photos
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Vega Artist

Maple, nickel plated. Full details to follow

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Vegaphone Artist

Maple, four-piece flange, heavily inlaid and engraved fingerboard, carved heel, rhinestones added to the rim, peghead and flange. HSC. £1400.  Photos

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Vegaphone Deluxe

1930 Serial # 97185. Here’s a great opportunity to own a Deluxe at a bargain price. Maple, gold plated, engraved tension hoop, flange and tailpiece. The Grover 2-Band tuners are a little bit "notchy", but they hold perfectly and have solid pearl buttons, carved heel, decorated resonator, some playing wear on the neck, the gold plating has aged nicely except for on the hooks which would benefit from being replaced, the engravings are crisp and clear. All in all, a lovely banjo and great value for money. HSC. £2200. Photos

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VegaVox Deluxe

1930's. Maple, gold plated, engraved and carved, original armrest and tailpiece, replacement tuners, the back of the resonator is inlaid with a Star and engraved, with Skrimshaw style engraving on the sidewall. New fingerboard and inlays by Karsten Schnoor of Hamburg, arrow straight neck, beautiful action, incomparable Vox tone. Come in its original heavy duty violin shaped brown leather case. Arriving soon.

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VegaVox 1

1930's. Maple, nickel plated, original armrest and tailpiece, replacement tuners, ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay with pearl inlays, pyralin covered resonator. Recent restoration and set up by Renee Karnes. Arriving soon.

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Vega Little Wonder

Maple, open back, 17 Fret, 11 13/16 rim, 21" scale, Gotoh tuners, Prucha tailpiece. HSC. £850.  Photos

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Vega Style N Custom
A Style N rim, with a custom inlaid neck and a Silver Bell-shaped flange. An incredible-looking and sounding banjo, to suit a player of any standard. No case. £700.  Photos

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Washburn Ultra Deluxe
An incredibly rare banjo by Lyon and Healey. Gold plated, engraved, carved heel, huge "doughnut style" tone ring, ebony fingerboard with stunning pearl inlays. Comes in a lovely case. £1500. Photos

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