Sadly, due to a problem with the muscles in my left arm, I am forced to part with my lovely Clifford Essex Paragon Tenor Banjo.

You may be interested to know that it is one of the rather scarce Rosewood models, so a little bit out of the ordinary. 

Unusually, the Pot is in great shape & apart from a little wear on the 2nd fret, the fingerboard is in great shape. I’ve had this Paragon for a couple of years, but haven’t added to the wear on that fret because, for the past nearly 40 years, I’ve always had a capo permanently fixed on the 1st fret anyway, so, as I tune it GDAE, I very rarely touch that fret.

I’m afraid this Banjo is only for sale to someone in Ireland, as I have no desire to send it by post & also, I will want to meet the new owner, to make sure they are as pleased with it as I am & to see that it’ll be going to a good home. :-)

To that end, I am quite willing to meet the buyer, at a convenient location, half way. N.B. I live on the North Coast.

To see a number of photos of this Banjo, check out my Photo Album on the Irish Tenor Banjo

To hear it in action, you can watch this video of me playing it at my local session:

There are also lots more videos of this Paragon Banjo in action, on my YouTube Channel

I’m sure those’ll answer any questions you may have, but if there is anything else you would like to know about it, please send me a PM.

First serious offer of £3,500 ono, will win this lovely Banjo.

Please note that I may be tempted to do a part exchange, if anyone with a quality, short necked, vintage Banjo, is looking to trade up. 


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Hi Dick
Is your Paragon still available.
Hi, have you still got the Paragon for sale?
Kind regards,
Hi Dick is your Paragon sold.

Hallo Dick, from the Netherlands.

Is your lovely banjo still available or already sold?

Kindly regards, Jan Gombert ( On youtube too with the Hot Jazz Company)

Hallo from the Netherlands Dick.

Is this beautiful banjo still available?

Kindly regards, Jan Gombert( see me on youtube ore with the Hot Jazz Company)

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