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Gary Sosebee - Posted - 09/08/2019:  11:24:52

Well I came up with this bracket to help when standing with a banjo. It lets you see your finger board markers, hear your banjo a little better and keep same right hand angle as when you sit and play. It is nickel plated brass or copper and seems to work better than I thought it might.
Just wanted to hear from some other pickers and get some opinions .
Should be some photos if I did it right. One is standing without using the bracket the other with.
Thanks for any feed back.


Mark Cox - Posted - 09/08/2019:  11:36:42

Looks interesting. But how does it hook to the banjo. Also, how can I acquire one to try it. How much? I have been considering ways to allow me to see the fretboard while playing standing up. The problem being that the convex of the resonator of my banjo, does not match the convex of my round stomach. Ha ha.I have even thought about maybe a foam wedge that I put between my stomach and the banjo to tip the banjo in a way that I can see the fretboard. This looks interesting. I would love to have more information.

Gary Sosebee - Posted - 09/08/2019:  11:49:02

Thanks for the reply,
You take the second bracket off and run it through the bracket and use a piece of the rubber tubing to space the height and to keep it from rubbing on the flange. It folds back flat when not in use. Not sure it would work on a tube and plate flange bango without some modifactions,

banjonz - Posted - 09/08/2019:  12:46:59

Very clever. Well done.

rbfour5 - Posted - 09/08/2019:  12:56:51

I can see advantages, pretty darn cool! How do I acquire one Gary?

Gary Sosebee - Posted - 09/08/2019:  15:44:19

Just posted them in

Thanks for looking.

pappy c - Posted - 09/08/2019:  17:30:57

Just a bit of endorsement- I saw this device a couple of weeks ago. Played the banjo Gary has pictured I believe. Great little invention. It works just as described. Thanks Gary for a cool little device to help playability.

Gary Sosebee - Posted - 09/08/2019:  18:05:41

Thanks Carl. Had fun pickin with you. You made my 89 Scruggs sound good.

Shake-Boy - Posted - 09/08/2019:  19:23:48

Live Link:

JHook - Posted - 09/08/2019:  19:38:31

Hi Gary, do you have any ideas on how they could be modified to fit a two piece flange? I would love to know how it could done

Gary Sosebee - Posted - 09/08/2019:  20:24:21


Originally posted by Shake-Boy

Live Link:

Thanks for the Live link.


Gary Sosebee - Posted - 09/08/2019:  20:31:39


Originally posted by JHook

Hi Gary, do you have any ideas on how they could be modified to fit a two piece flange? I would love to know how it could done

I don't have a banjo with a two piece flange but I have a friend that has one so maybe I can take a look at it and see if it would work .

banjonz - Posted - 09/08/2019:  21:15:30

Gary, have you patented it? I posted a tool I made for protecting fretboards when filing frets. Within a short space of time I saw that a professionally made branded one was being sold on Stewmac's website.

Helix1 - Posted - 09/08/2019:  23:08:52

It's a grand innovation. I see no reason it can't work on a tpf.

Sorry, Banjonz, no one should discuss a patent here, it's inappropriate to the process in the USA.  I respect your situation.  

My suggestion is to trademark, Georgia has a Sect. of State, get ahold of them and trademark.

None of us can defend a patent, but I suggest you research a trademark before the knock offs appear.

Really good execution. Some of us are customizing the heels so this doesn't happen, but it's difficult to do with a resonator, so it looks like something we should have had a decade ago.

Way to go.  (  ):)===='== :: } Helix (TM) since 2007

Edited by - Helix1 on 09/08/2019 23:13:44

Gary Sosebee - Posted - 09/10/2019:  11:59:42

I borrowed a two piece flange banjo and it does work on it also.


Gary Sosebee - Posted - 09/30/2019:  14:40:56

I now offer these in Gold plating. Just follow the classified link above.

Alex Z - Posted - 09/30/2019:  15:20:46

From the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office:

    "A trademark is generally a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others."

    "A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. . . . The right conferred by the patent grant is, in the language of the statute and of the grant itself, “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” the invention in the United States or “importing” the invention into the United States."

While the BHO has been through this discussion may times, it's always helpful to keep the basic distinctions in mind.

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