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Re:Tuning The Banjo Head 11 years 2 months ago #2491

I have a banjo that when I play on the 2nd and 3rd fret of the 4th string it makes an annoying vibration on the head. Anyone got any remedies?
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Re:Tuning The Banjo Head 11 years 2 months ago #2493

Sounds like the bridge slot may be a problem or the tailpiece isn't solid. Good luck. These things can drive you crazy. I my case crazier.
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Re:Tuning The Banjo Head 11 years 2 months ago #2506

I found these items at Janet Davis, good luck.


DrumDial
Use with the Drum-Torque Wrench.Reads head tension instantly &
accurately!
DD1 - List: $99.00
Your Price: $64.25
Drum-Torque Wrench
For banjos and drums. Use with T-wrenches. Adjusts head tension
evenly for best tone.

DT1 - List: $60.00
Your Price: 44.95
I found the torque wrench for $30 at Music 123
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Re:Tuning The Banjo Head 11 years 2 months ago #2520

$99 seems a bit much,,,$30 .maybe...gives me something else i must have...
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Re:Tuning The Banjo Head 11 years 1 month ago #2633

Regarding head vibration, I think your probably right that it might be the tail piece or the bridge. I noticed the bridge was a little different, it wasn't straight across, but it was made with slots for the strings that were offset, and I did remedy alot of the problem when I tightened down on the tail piesce. I'll take a normal bredge next time I go and try that.
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Re:Tuning The Banjo Head 11 years 1 month ago #2644

Does anyone know how to lower the strings on the banjo frets? Would buying a lower bridge do the job? I bought a Sullivan Festival about a year ago and while I love the instrument, the strings get pretty high off the upper frets and roll out under my fingers. I notice when playing on a Gibson, the strings are closer to the frets.
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