Welcome to the website of JOHN ALVEY TURNER
- possibly the oldest British musical instrument business still trading!
For more than 200 years the name of John Alvey Turner has been renowned as a supplier of fine musical instruments. Today we are specialists in all kinds of acoustic fretted instruments - banjos, mandolins, guitars, ukuleles and all the many variations thereof.
Whether your need is for a set of custom strings, a new, used or vintage instrument, restoration or repair work to the highest standard, or you are just interested in fretted instruments of any kind, we hope you will find something of interest in these pages.
WE BUY, SELL AND EXCHANGE all fretted instruments - guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, Hawaiians, resophonics and also instruments of the violin family - in fact, anything cool, interesting or unusual!
We regret that we do not provide free appraisals or valuations. If you require such
information for insurance, probate etc., we need to see your instrument(s) or have
detailed photographs and a note of any labels, maker’s name, serial numbers and the
like. We charge a minimum of £20 per item for this service. FULL DETAILS ON REQUEST
- SEE “Contact Us” Page.
NOTE FOR OWNERS AND COLLECTORS OF JAT BANJOS, ETC
The John Alvey Turner company did not manufacture instruments and those that bear our name were usually custom made for JAT by a variety of other companies over the years. Early banjos (late 1800's to WW1) were made by such as Weaver, Wilmshurst, Temlett, Cammeyer & Clifford Essex and later instruments by Windsor, Abbott, Sidney Young etc.
A Bishopsgate address on the label indicates a date between 1900 and 1908. Unfortunately there are no records or serial numbers to confirm dates or makers although sometimes the workmanship, style, decoration etc indicates that an instrument was made by a particular individual or factory.
JAT no longer has any original old parts or fittings for these or other vintage instruments but can supply new style or reproduction parts as available.
‘PHONE OR EMAIL US - SEE “CONTACT US” PAGE FOR DETAILS.
Proprietor : Philip Alexander
Consultant : Doug Parry
Website design by Lanfranc © 2012/17 John Alvey Turner
Latest Update: 7th September 2017
SALE TIME IN THE JOHN ALVEY TURNER BANJO VAULT!
Build your own banjo!
(or refurbish one you have already!)
We have parts, fittings, accessories and all manner of weird and wonderful hardware – some rare vintage but also new repro.
See “Banjo Parts” page for more details
|Exotic and Ethnic|
|Plectrum & Tenor Guitars|
|Hawaiian & Resophonic Guitars|