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Towards the end of the 1920’s three engineer brothers named Barnes in the Woolwich area decided to make banjos.  They slavishly copied the Essex "Paragon" model and named their product "Paratone." At a superficial glance it was difficult to tell the two makes apart, it is not known when they ceased making banjos.

Barnes Brothers

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