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The Tenortrope

Cliff Edwards was primarily a ukulele player. But he also assisted in the development of a new instrument - the tenortrope - with the Dopyera Brothers of the Dobro Company in the early 1930s. Pictured below is a picture of Cliff with the instrument which has a National Company label on the pegboard.

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The wording on the picture says:
"I am more than pleased with the finished product of the Tenortrope. Little did I realize when I sat down and designed this instrument that it would develop as beautiful a tone as it has! Sincerely Cliff Edwards Ukulele Ike".

Thanks to EZ Marc (Marc Poschman) for the photo. Marc obtained the photo around 1976 from a friend who had found it at a thrift store or yard sale!

 

Pictured above are recent photos of another Cliff Edwards Dobro tenortrope. Note the inscription "Cliff Edwards Tenortrope" on the pegboard in the third photo. Thanks to Bob Foster and James Appel for providing these photos.

     

Another tenortrope example.

Ukuleles

 

This is a Cliff Edwards plastic uke from the 1950s.

Cliff stringing his uke.

Tenortropes

Ukuleles

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